June 2015 From the Editor Opening doors By Chuck Hagner In our June issue: Cuba’s amazing birds and the importance of birding with children. Features Open doors By Carrol L. Henderson As new travel rules take effect, more American birders will be able to see Cuba’s extraordinary birds. Cure-all for kids By Danielle Harris How birding can improve a child’s health — and might just change the course of the planet. Plus, an environmental educator's top tips for sparking an interest in birds among youngsters. Books for spring and summer By Chuck Hagner and Matt Mendenhall Our mid-year roundup of the best new books about birds and birding. Tablet Extras By the editors See the articles from BirdWatching and other online resources that we added to our June issue. Columns Since You Asked Answers to your questions By Julie Craves Toxic birds, why birds eat their nestlings' droppings, and more. Birder at Large Back to birdwatching By Pete Dunne Embracing the challenge of appreciating birds a new way. Attracting Birds Bullies and mavericks By Laura Erickson A glimpse into the social norms of backyard chickadees. Amazing Birds Where eggs come from By Eldon Greij How hard shells come to surround fragile embryos. ID Tips White-rumped Sandpiper By Kenn Kaufman White-rumped and other sandpipers in spring. ID Toolkit Wing basics By David Sibley How to reconcile the different looks of folded and extended wings. Hotspots Near You 209. Sterling Nature Center, Sterling, New York A great spot to see Hooded Warbler, grosbeaks, buntings, and other birds on the shore of Lake Ontario. By Jerry Uhlman Published: 4/17/2015 210. Wakodahatchee Wetlands, Delray Beach, Florida Where to find Florida specialties like Wood Stork, Limpkin, and Purple Gallinule in suburban Palm Beach County. By Carlos Sanchez Published: 4/17/2015 211. Virginia Creeper Trail, Abingdon, Virginia This 33-mile-long rails-to-trails project in southwestern Virginia passes through meadows, riparian areas, and forests, offering views of a wide variety of birds. By Eric Harrold Published: 4/17/2015 212. Ballona Wetlands Ecological Reserve, Playa Del Rey, California Find ducks, shorebirds, hummingbirds, and passerines about 10 minutes from LAX. By Shirley L. Ruhe Published: 4/17/2015 Also in Every Issue Birding Briefs Important news about birds, birdwatching, and conservation. Your View Reader-submitted photographs, including the winner of our regular Photo of the Week contest. Fieldcraft A photo taken by a reader, along with a description of how the photographer got the shot.