From the Editor
The market for birder-friendly cameras and lenses is changing fast. Here’s what you need to know to find the right photography equipment for you.
For the greater good
New York’s Project Safe Flight volunteers take on the grim task of documenting birds that hit the city’s glass buildings.
Why a new board game is an unexpected gateway to birding.
South African safari superstars
A dozen amazing birds and other wildlife of the Rainbow Nation.
Since You Asked
Answers to your questions
What pellets tell us about screech-owl diets, and why feeder birds rarely show up during the middle of the day.
Birder at Large
A fundamental ritual
Why field trips lie at the heart of birdwatching.
How hummingbirds fly is astonishing.
Our noisy world often stifles the joy of listening to birds.
How to identify the Southwestern specialty.
Keys to identifying shorebirds
Start by learning to recognize the four distinct groups of beach-combers.
Hotspots Near You
291. Claremont Canyon Regional Preserve, Oakland, California
This hillside land near Berkeley is a good spot to look for West Coast specialty passerines, including Wrentit, Oak Titmouse, and California Thrasher.
292. Bayocean Peninsula Park and Tillamook Bay, Tillamook County, Oregon
A year-round destination on Oregon's Pacific coast, home to seabirds, shorebirds, raptors, and more.