From the Editor
Scenes from the Arctic
Malkolm Boothroyd’s remarkable photo essay of the birds of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
Hummingbirds at home
Tips and techniques for shooting memorable photos of the avian jewels in your backyard.
A million steps and 10,000 birds
A hike along the Appalachian Trail is not just a walk in the woods. For a birder, it’s a chance to tally every bird she hears and sees — and report them to eBird.
Photos of the birds and other animals of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge show what could be lost in the name of fossil-fuel extraction.
Since You Asked
Answers to your questions
The bird with the most specialized diet, what we know about anting, and more.
Birder at Large
Overcoming gull-ID phobia
Why it’s time to stop ignoring and start identifying gulls.
Filling a gaping hole
After losing a favorite tree, it’s time to plant anew.
Why manakins engage in wild courtship rituals.
How to tell it apart from Indigo Bunting.
How waterfowl hide their wings
Become a better birder by understanding where feathers go when wings are folded.
Hotspots Near You
275. Harrison Lagoon and East Sector Park, Harrison Hot Springs, British Columbia
On a spring or fall morning, you can find more than 50 species at these two spots in the Fraser Valley east of Vancouver.
276. Kern National Wildlife Refuge, Delano, California
More than 225 species have been recorded at this refuge in the Central Valley.