June 2018 From the Editor Scenes from the Arctic By Matt Mendenhall Malkolm Boothroyd’s remarkable photo essay of the birds of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Features Hummingbirds at home By William Jobes Tips and techniques for shooting memorable photos of the avian jewels in your backyard. A million steps and 10,000 birds By Diana Doyle 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. America’s Serengeti By Malkolm Boothroyd 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. Columns Since You Asked Answers to your questions By Julie Craves The bird with the most specialized diet, what we know about anting, and more. Birder at Large Overcoming gull-ID phobia By Pete Dunne Why it’s time to stop ignoring and start identifying gulls. Attracting Birds Filling a gaping hole By Laura Erickson After losing a favorite tree, it’s time to plant anew. Amazing Birds Dazzling displays By Eldon Greij Why manakins engage in wild courtship rituals. ID Tips Blue Grosbeak By Kenn Kaufman How to tell it apart from Indigo Bunting. ID Toolkit How waterfowl hide their wings By David Sibley 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. By Gord Gadsden Published: 4/10/2018 276. Kern National Wildlife Refuge, Delano, California More than 225 species have been recorded at this refuge in the Central Valley. By Jerry Uhlman Published: 4/10/2018 Also in Every Issue Birding Briefs Important news about birds, birdwatching, and conservation. Bookshelf New books about migration, bird ID, and seabirds. Your View Photos submitted by readers.