November/December 2019 From the Editor Your year in review By Matt Mendenhall What were your birding highlights in 2019? Features Welcoming owls home By Alexander Clark The restoration of Burrowing Owls on an old Army base is a hopeful sign for the future of the species. The last Ruby-throat By Mike Reese Reflections on a tardy hummingbird that found fuel for its journey in a Mississippi farmyard. Great birds with bad names By Jesse Greenspan Ten North American species whose names just don’t pass the sniff test. Directory of birding-tour providers By the editors More than 175 organizations worldwide that offer trips designed to find lots of birds. Columns Since You Asked Answers to your questions By Julie Craves House Wrens and crow vocalizations, and how to legally share bird nests with preschool children. Birder at Large My take on listing By Pete Dunne Not every birdwatcher keeps a life list — and that’s OK. Attracting Birds Counting chickadees By Laura Erickson Why it’s difficult to tally your backyard chickadees. Amazing Birds Storage masters By Eldon Greij Clark’s Nutcracker and Pinyon Jay cache food — and remember its location with astonishing accuracy ID Tips American Tree Sparrow By Kenn Kaufman How to tell it apart from Chipping, Field, and Swamp Sparrows. ID Toolkit Waterbirds in winter By David Sibley How sleeping postures can help you identify distant waterbirds. Hotspots Near You 297. Coyote Hills Regional Park, Fremont, California A site in the San Francisco Bay Area where you can see bitterns, rails, shorebirds, raptors, and many other birds. Published: 11/5/2019 298. Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge, Cheney, Washington This refuge protects nearly 30 square miles of bird-rich ponds, wetlands, and marshes south of Spokane. Published: 11/5/2019 Also in Every Issue Birding Briefs Important news about birds, birdwatching, and conservation. Bookshelf Reviews of new field guides, a biography, compelling essays, and a book of thrilling bird art.