From the Editor
A morning on the Rio Negro
Sidelined by injury on a dream trip, a birder finds comfort in his companions, cocktails, and the Amazon's abundant birds
Lesser is more
The true story of the first Lesser Black-backed Gull to breed successfully in North America
For the birds
Why birding a local path, whether it is a vast lake or a city park, can help preserve birds
Since You Asked
Answers to your questions
Whether martins help their young learn to fly, why birds destroy squirrel nests, and more.
Birder at Large
For fun and insight
In praise of watching, not chasing, birds.
Musings on the surprising appearances of vagrants.
The original ultralights
Hollow bones, feathers, and more help keep birds airborne.
How to distinguish it from other brown thrushes.
Identifying found feathers
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.
256. National Bison Range, Moiese, Montana
This buffalo sanctuary northwest of Missoula is home to staggering number of raptors, songbirds, and ducks.