January/February 2022

 January/February 2022

Issue Features

Buried Alive: When Is a Bird Really Extinct? by J. Christopher Haney

For Birds, Messier is "Betterer" by Sneed B. Collard III

Meadowlark by Jenny Natapow

First Bird Sightings by Neil Case

Caws and Effect: Crows and Quantum Theory by Maple Andrew Taylor

On September 29, 2021, the US Fish & Wildlife Service proposed to classify 23 species as presumed extinct—including the ivory-billed woodpecker, a bird that has lulled officials before into a false confidence over its status. Contributor J. Christopher Haney reveals the decision-making process behind the declaration.

In the Backyard

A Birder’s Guide to Getting a Chestnut-backed Chickadee Out of Your House by Benjamin Sabin

Having a wild animal in your house, even something as sweet-sounding as a chickadee, has a way of getting the blood pumping. How does one go about getting a bird out of one's house?

Columns & Departments

Letters from Readers

Quick Takes by Paul J. Baicich

Migrations: Ask the Bird Nerds by Scott Weidensaul

Cover Species: Townsend's Solitaire: Elegantly Inconspicuous by Betsy Miller Vixie

Identify Yourself: Bonaparte's Gull by Alvaro Jaramillo

We Didn't See a Purple Cow, Poutine, or a Phainopepla by Al Batt

Wingbeats: Winter Owling by Katie Fallon

Birders Question Mark by Mark S. Garland

Birding Festival Roundup by Leigh & Phil Creighton

True Nature: Training a Sapsucker by Julie Zickefoose

Birdtography: The Eyes Have It by Bruce Wunderlich

Watching Bird Behavior: Which Birds Are Smartest? by David M. Bird

Far Afield: Birding the New River Gorge National Park by Ann Bush

Spotlight on West Virginia

Book Notes

Pete's Tips: Knockdown Pish by Pete Dunne

Redstart Birding

Described as "the dim gray spirit of a bird," this reserved, yet elegant member of the thrush family is utterly spirited in its songs and calls. Discover habits, field marks, range, and more for North America's only solitare.