From the Editor
No mere bird
Aldo Leopold’s iconic 1937 quote about the Sandhill Crane applies just as well to the Whooping Crane in 2019.
A cloudy future
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.
Practice shooting pictures of harriers and swallows to be ready to photograph other fast-flying species.
Wary and elusive, the lone Belted Kingfisher is all business when it comes to catching fish.
Fall and winter festivals
81 birding events on tap from now through next March.
Dramatic ecological changes threaten California’s bird-rich Salton Sea.
Since you asked
Answers to your questions
When Burrowing Owls sleep, what makes a group of hawks a “kettle,” and the northernmost nesting birds.
Birder at Large
Idyllic and iconic
At Hog Island Audubon Camp, you can learn, bird, and indulge your senses.
North America’s raptors
A primer on hawks, eagles, and their kin.
During fall migration, carefully check your trees and shrubs to spot birds that can be easy to miss.
What to look for to identify this western sandpiper.
A closer look at crows
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.
294. Ocean City Inlet, Worcester County, Maryland
A site for gulls, terns, pelicans, shorebirds — and rarities — on the Maryland coast.
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.
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.