September/October 2016

 September/October 2016

Issue Features

Our Cover Species: Rusty Blackbird: A Species on the Brink by Alana Westwood

ID Yourself: Going Nutty with Loons by Alvaro Jaramillo

Season of the Water Witch: The Pied-billed Grebe by Emily Johnsen

Empty Nest Syndrome by Katharine Britton

Plants That Kill by Kathy Piper

Birding Tour Companies: A Comparison by Andrew Knizner and Dawn Hewitt

It's a species with a disturbing story: The rusty blackbird population is on a steep decline. Researchers and citizen scientists have been documenting migration and winter locations, but the birds nest in remote locations in the far North, where they are increasingly challenging to find. Photo by Wikimedia Commons.

In the Backyard

A Gentle Pelican Breeze Blew Across the Lake by Al Batt

Eat Like a Bird by Hank Weber

My Way: One Dollar Per Bird: How We Created a Budding Birder by Bonnie Clarfield-Bylin


BWD columnist Al Batt serves as bird spotter and skipper on the Pelican Breeze tour boat on Albert Lea Lake, in southern Minnesota. Come set sail with our own Gilligan on a three-hour tour!

Columns & Departments

Letters from Readers

Quick Takes by Paul J. Baicich

Migrations: Hard Time and a White Owl by Scott Weidensaul

Birders Question Mark by Mark Garland

Pete's Tips by Pete Dunne

True Nature: What Kills the Killer? by Julie Zickefoose

Birding Optics: Taking Advantage of Camera Technology by Andrew Knizner

Far Afield: Island Getaway: Birding in St. Lucia by Connie Toops

Watching Bird Behavior: Sugar and Rice by David M. Bird

Book Notes

Well-Equipped Birder: Endeavor Waist Bag by Bill Thompson, III

It's a murder mystery. On a winter hike, columnist Julie Zickefoose found something that left her nearly dumbstruck: An owl pellet containing an entire hawk foot! Follow Julie's forensic sleuthing to figure out what kind of hawk was the victim, what kind of owl would eat it, and how the predation likely occurred. Photo by Julie Zickefoose.

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