July/August 2015

 July/August 2015

Issue Features

Our Cover Species: Snowy Egret: The World’s Most Interesting Bird by Bill Thompson, III

ID Yourself: Drop It Like It’s... Worn by Alvaro Jaramillo

Optics Review: Clash of the Titans by Michael & Diane Porter

The First Pelagic Trip: More Than We Bargained For by Shirley L. Ruhe

Michael and Diane Porter compare top-of-the-line binoculars from the three best optics makers in the world—Leica, Swarovski, and Zeiss!

In the Backyard

Hatched on the Bayou by Al Batt

The Mimic by Steve Terr

A Backyard Messenger by Joyce M. Lovely

My Way: Build It and Who Will Come? by Connie Toops

Watching Bird Behavior: State of Flux by David M. Bird

A retirement cabin in the remote forests of western North Carolina ought to have a pond. Think of the birds and other wildlife it would attract. It seems like a no-brainer. Installing one isn't necessarily easy, as Connie Toops found out.

Columns & Departments

Letters from Readers

Quick Takes by Paul J. Baicich

After the Spark: Skies of August by Kenn Kaufman

Birders Question Mark by Mark Garland

True Nature: Mentors in Disguise by Julie Zickefoose

Far Afield: Arctic Plunder: Birding the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge by Chuck Graham

Book Notes

Well-Equipped Birder: Miggö Strap & Wrap by Dawn Hewitt


Oil drilling politics aside, the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge boasts spectacular landscape and amazing wildlife, including birds. It’s North America’s largest wildlife refuge, and in July, the sun is above the horizon all day and night. Arctic tern photo by Gordon Hatton, Wikimedia Commons.

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