March/April 2015

 March/April 2015

Issue Features

Our Cover Species: Belted Kingfisher by Kyle Carlsen

ID Yourself: Swallows by Alvaro Jaramillo

Five Haikus about Swallows by Daniel Gahnertz

Bobolink Lessons by Paul Baicich

Ivory-billed Woodpecker: Ten Years Later by Jerry Butler

An Avian Battle of the Sexes by Jerry Lang

Warbler Walks, Owl Prowls, and Tally Rallies by Kevin Starner

Brittany’s Sept-Illes Preserve by Leila Belkora

According to Greek mythology, belted kingfishers were once gods, victims of a tragic love story, destined to live forever at sea. This story lives on in their scientific name, alcyon.

In the Backyard

My Cherry Amour by Lori Joyal

Long Time Coming by Todd Parker

Saying Nothing Has an Echo by Al Batt

My Way: Bird Watching is Good For Me by Neil Case

Watching Bird Behavior: Quoth the Raven by David M. Bird

We all know that bird watching is fun. Did you know that it's also good for your health?

Columns & Departments

Letters from Readers

Quick Takes by Paul J. Baicich

After the Spark: Africa Reconsidered by Kenn Kaufman

True Nature: Fledglings by Julie Zickefoose

Bird Photography: Digiscoping Basics by Tim Schreckengost

Far Afield: Adirondacks: Olympic Region Birding by Alan Belford

Book Notes

Well-Equipped Birder: Two Essential Field Guides by Dawn Hewitt

"You can see it in their eyes when they're ready to go." As a wildlife rehabilitator, Julie Zickefoose has seen it in baby birds and in her children. It's only natural, but that doesn't mean it's easy.

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