January/February 2016

 January/February 2016

Issue Features

Our Cover Species: Blue Jay by Diane Porter

ID Yourself: Cormorants by Alvaro Jaramillo

Tracking Burrowing Owls by James D. Ray, Nancy McIntyre, Mark C. Wallace, and Monty G. Schoenhals

A Young Ambassador for Bird Watching by Kyle Carlsen

Extremadura! by Wendy Clark

The Race to Save the Spoon-billed Sandpiper by Derek Lovitch

Long-eared Owl: A Poem by Hugh Moore

The blue jay is a common and familiar species, yet one whose social life and habits remain little known. Photo by MDF/Wikimedia Creative Commons.

In the Backyard

Snowy Al by Al Batt

The Birdboys of Ferris by Rodney C. Murray

My Way: Foiling Squirrels by Mary Roen

Al Batt is from Minnesota, which means he knows a thing or two about winter, when the snow covers the land, the wind blows his whiskers off, and it’s so cold that he eats ice cream for the heat. But he’d never give up birding in the snow.

Columns & Departments

Letters from Readers

Quick Takes by Paul J. Baicich

Migrations: Remarkable Places, Memorable Experiences by Scott Weidensaul

Birders Question Mark by Mark Garland

True Nature: Grand Canyon Solitaire by Julie Zickefoose

Bird Photography: Into the Nest ... or Not? by Marie Read

Far Afield: Hog Island Audubon Camp by Chuck Jakubchak

Watching Bird Behavior: A Hummingbird Mystery by David M. Bird

Book Notes

Well-Equipped Birder: The Birding Sun Hat by Bill Thompson, III

Julie Zickefoose didn’t really want to take an unplanned side trip to the Grand Canyon—she only had a few hours to spare, and it was two hours out of her way. But she did, and boy, was she rewarded. Photo by Wikimedia Creative Commons.

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