September/October 2019 From the Editor No mere bird By Matt Mendenhall Aldo Leopold’s iconic 1937 quote about the Sandhill Crane applies just as well to the Whooping Crane in 2019. Features A cloudy future By Matt Mendenhall Whooping Cranes have made a steady return from the brink of extinction, but sea-level rise due to climate change poses a serious coming threat. Photography tips By William Jobes Practice shooting pictures of harriers and swallows to be ready to photograph other fast-flying species. Expert angler By Jo Ann Abell Wary and elusive, the lone Belted Kingfisher is all business when it comes to catching fish. Fall and winter festivals By the editors 81 birding events on tap from now through next March. Drying up By Jerry Uhlman Dramatic ecological changes threaten California’s bird-rich Salton Sea. Columns Since you asked Answers to your questions By Julie Craves When Burrowing Owls sleep, what makes a group of hawks a “kettle,” and the northernmost nesting birds. Birder at Large Idyllic and iconic By Pete Dunne At Hog Island Audubon Camp, you can learn, bird, and indulge your senses. Amazing Birds North America’s raptors By Eldon Greij A primer on hawks, eagles, and their kin. Attracting Birds Paying attention By Laura Erickson During fall migration, carefully check your trees and shrubs to spot birds that can be easy to miss. ID Tips Wandering Tattler By Kenn Kaufman What to look for to identify this western sandpiper. ID Toolkit A closer look at crows By David Sibley Why a crow might not appear to be “all black.” Hotspots Near You 293. Elinor Klapp-Phipps Park, Tallahassee, Florida A city park of more than 670 acres that attracts warblers, grosbeaks, sparrows, and many other birds. Published: 8/27/2019 294. Ocean City Inlet, Worcester County, Maryland A site for gulls, terns, pelicans, shorebirds — and rarities — on the Maryland coast. Published: 8/27/2019 295. Lake Yosemite Regional Park, Merced County, California This park in Merced County surrounds a deep-water lake and includes grasslands, woodlands, and other birdy habitats. Published: 8/27/2019 296. Back Bay of Cape May, New Jersey To get close to birds in New Jersey’s southernmost salt marsh, take a birding safari aboard the pontoon boat, The Osprey. Published: 8/27/2019 Also in Every Issue Birding Briefs Important news about birds, birdwatching, and conservation. Bookshelf Reviews of new Peterson guides, a book about the therapeutic value of birding, and more. Your View Photos submitted by readers. Stay in touch with BirdWatching Keep up to date on all the latest birding news and info. Sign Up for Our Free Newsletter!