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North America’s smallest and most widespread raptor—and arguably one of the most beautifully colored, the American kestrel is often found near areas of human activity, but the species faces severe population decline due to decreasing habitat in some areas. Learn more about our cover species in a story by contributor Melissa Moore. The long-eared is an owl many only dream of seeing, despite occurring across the continent. Bird ID expert Alvaro Jaramillo shares this secretive owl’s habits and how to distinguish it from other large owls. Also, in their annual festival roundup, Phil and Leigh Creighton ponder a fantasy Big Year, recalling six festivals they attended over several years and the cumulative species tally. Will the final number rival their successful 2014 Big Year total? Find out in the January/February 2021 issue of BWD!
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