January/February 2020

 January/February 2020

Issue Features

Sometimes You Have to Get Your Feet Wet by Tom Simpson

Pantanal Primer: A Birding Guide to Brazil's Famous Wetlands by Kathleen B. Siebert

Birding Festival Roundup by Leigh and Phil Creighton

What’s New from Vortex? by Raymond VanBuskirk

Our third-annual birding festival roundup features two WOWs and a wow!: Wings Over Willapa, in Washington; Wings Over Willcox, in Arizona; and the Biggest Week in American Birding, in Ohio.

In the Backyard

Our Neighbors, the Owls by Mary Lynn Cervantes

A Day in the Life of an Urban Birder by Elizabeth Olin

My Way: Finders Keepers by Chuck Jakubchak

Yes, winter in Minnesota certainly means snow and cold, but for Mary Lynn Cervantes’ neighborhood, it also means great horned owls!

Columns & Departments

Letters from Readers

Quick Takes by Paul J. Baicich

Migrations: Down to the Sea in Boats, for Birds by Scott Weidensaul

Cover Species: Pileated Woodpecker: Carpenter of the Forest by Stephen Shunk

Identify Yourself: Oh No! Not the Herring Gull! by Alvaro Jaramillo

Pete’s Tips: Reboot by Pete Dunne

Birders Question Mark by Mark S. Garland

True Nature: American Oxpeckers by Julie Zickefoose

Birding Photography: Photo-documenting Rare Birds by Jim McCormac

Spotlight on Arkansas

The Day a One-winged Pelican Busted My Lip by Al Batt

Far Afield: Winter Birding in South Carolina’s Santee Cooper Country by Jerry Uhlman

Watching Bird Behavior: Remarkable Items from the World of Birds by David M. Bird

The Well-Equipped Birder: Wunderbird: Apparel for Birders by Jessica Melfi

Book Notes

Redstart Birding

Whether you call it a PIE-leated or a PILL-eated (both are correct!), there’s no mistaking the sight or sound of this pterodactyl of woodpeckers.

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