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July/August 2021 Vol.35 No.4

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12 A seabird haven

On the Canadian islands of Haida Gwaii, the work to save the Ancient Murrelet goes on. BY HEIDE BRANDES

20 Binocular buyers guide Tips for shoppers and recommendations for more than 30 models at numerous price points. BY BRIAN MOSCATELLO

26 A flutter of gray and gold Why landowners are key to keeping Golden-winged Warblers sing-

ing in the North Carolina high country. BY ERIC HARROLD

32 Naming rights The American Ornithological Society backs efforts to change the names of birds named for people. BY MATT MENDENHALL

43 Hotspots Near You Maps, tips, and directions to birding sites in South Dakota and


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Flickr: BirdWatching group photo pool 2 From the editor 3 Birding briefs A surprising finding about Upland Sandpiper, the value of conservation partnerships, potential checklist changes, California Condor genetics, the “most Instagrammable” birds, and more. 8 Photographing birds RICK SAMMON Getting the settings right before you click the shutter. 10 Birder at large PETE DUNNE The greatest hawk watchers of all time. 40 ID tips KENN KAUFMAN Snowy Plover. 46 Amazing birds ELDON GREIJ The two paths to independence for baby birds.

COVER STORY 48 Attracting birds LAURA ERICKSON How to attract bluebirds. 49 Bookshelf New books from J. Drew Lanham, Scott Weidensaul, Michelle Nijhuis, and John Faaborg. 50 Your View Readers’ photos of MacGillivray’s and Blackpoll Warblers, Great Cormorant, and more. 56 ID toolkit DAVID ALLEN SIBLEY Identifying birds when they’re wet.

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COVER PHOTO Western Bluebird by Brian E. Small

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