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May/June 2023

From the Editor

Matt Mendenhall

Opportunity missed

National Audubon’s choice to keep the Audubon name is short-sighted. 

Features

In the dark

In the dark

Scientists know relatively little about the Whiskered Screech-Owl, so a team from HawkWatch International is working to understand its population size, range, and more.

Small fish, big stakes

Small fish, big stakes

In the Gulf of Maine, seabirds and whales depend on schools of sand lance, and teams of researchers keep watch — on the wildlife and their changing ecosystem.

Evading capture

Evading capture

Ten strategies that tropical butterflies and moths use to avoid predation by birds.

Columns

The Wonder of Birds

More than meets the eye

More than meets the eye

New research explains where the male Painted Bunting gets his coat of many colors.

Birder at Large

Enchanted by birds

Enchanted by birds

Nothing against listing, but the real joys in birding are simply watching birds.

ID Tips

Gull-billed Tern

Gull-billed Tern

How to distinguish this species from Forster's and Sandwich Terns.

ID Toolkit

Always something to see

Always something to see

The best time of day for birding can vary, and generally it’s not the crack of dawn.

Hotspots Near You

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Birding Briefs

Birding Briefs

Researchers identify a major barrier to advancing ornithology, Farm Bill a possible gamechanger for grassland birds, World Migratory Bird Day, hummingbirds and torpor, software that anticipates birds’ migratory patterns, and fossil bones reveal the largest penguin to ever live.
On the Wire

On the Wire

New books about flycatchers, owls, and more. Films about California Condors and grassland birds. And birds inspire a jazz artist.
Contest Winners

Contest Winners

See the three winning images from our 2022 Bird Portrait Contest.