June 2017 From the Editor A new, notable anthology By Lee Mergner Why the new book Good Birders Still Don’t Wear White has a larger purpose. Features A morning on the Rio Negro By John R. Nelson Sidelined by injury on a dream trip, a birder finds comfort in his companions, cocktails, and the Amazon's abundant birds Lesser is more By Mary Caswell Stoddard The true story of the first Lesser Black-backed Gull to breed successfully in North America For the birds By Jen Brumfield and Charles Hagner Why birding a local path, whether it is a vast lake or a city park, can help preserve birds Columns Since You Asked Answers to your questions By Julie Craves Whether martins help their young learn to fly, why birds destroy squirrel nests, and more. Birder at Large For fun and insight By Pete Dunne In praise of watching, not chasing, birds. Attracting Birds The unpredictable By Laura Erickson Musings on the surprising appearances of vagrants. Amazing Birds The original ultralights By Eldon Greij Hollow bones, feathers, and more help keep birds airborne. ID Tips Swainson's Thrush By Kenn Kaufman How to distinguish it from other brown thrushes. ID Toolkit Identifying found feathers By David Sibley Ignore color and focus on simple guidelines of shape. Hotspots Near You 255. Virgin Islands National Park, St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands This national park on the island of St. John attracts Caribbean specialties such as Bridled Quail-Dove, Green-throated Carib, and Caribbean Elaenia. By Jason A. Crotty Published: 4/11/2017 256. National Bison Range, Moiese, Montana This buffalo sanctuary northwest of Missoula is home to staggering number of raptors, songbirds, and ducks. By Susie Wall Published: 4/11/2017 Also in Every Issue Birding Briefs Important news about birds, birdwatching, and conservation. Your View Photos submitted by readers. Bookshelf Reviews of new books about photography and hummingbirds.