SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2021 • VOL.35 NO.5
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16A forest raptor extraordinaire Finding a Northern Goshawk, the powerful woodland raptor, is a special moment for any birder. BY BILL MUELLER
22Sagebrush superstar The Gunnison Sage-Grouse, a marvel of nature often overshad- owed by its larger cousin, faces numerous threats in the sage- brush of southwestern Colorado and eastern Utah. BY ALEXANDER CLARK
30A new frontier How a smartphone app is revolutionizing birders’ ability to contribute to scientific research. BY SNEED B. COLLARD III
48Hotspots Near You Maps, tips, and directions to hawk watches in West Virginia and New Mexico. BY JIM PHILLIPS AND JESSICA TAYLOR
52 Contest winners The top three images from our 2021 BirdWatching Photography Awards.
4 BIRDING BRIEFS
A spring shorebird spectacle in South Carolina, how Piping Plovers are connected to foxes, Arizona’s low trogon count, how old windmills stymie bird conservation, updates to the North American bird checklist, and more.
8 ON THE WIRE
A microphone for our yards, finding hope in the extinction crisis, Laura Erickson’s splendid podcast, Rosemary Mosco’s colorful guide to pigeons, and an introduction to the lead artist on the first book to feature all of the world’s birds.
COVER PHOTO Northern Goshawk by Tim Fitzharris/Minden Pictures