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Tricolored Blackbird by Mark Chappell

When Water Is Gone

By Paul Tolmé

The tricolored blackbird is just one of many bird species suffering as a result of California's historic drought.

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This Issue

Black-crowned Night Heron by Georg Scharf

Foul-Water Season

Increasing in size and severity, harmful algal blooms threaten both wildlife and people.

Habitat Tips

Carolina Chickadee by Doug Tallamy

Why Birds Need Native Trees

The Carolina chickadee is giving scientists a model to study the impact of nonnative trees on food for breeding birds.

Fall Migration

Northern Pintails by Donna E. Yount

Making the Most of Migration

A top North American birder shares tips for spotting birds during the migration season.


Purple Martin by Patricia Sheley

Become a Purple Martin Landlord

Declining over parts of their range, these insect-eating, winged tenants need nest boxes more than ever.

Schoolyard Habitats

Eastern Bluebird by Thomas McDowell

When School is For the Birds

An NWF-certified schoolyard is helping bluebirds while inspiring their student caretakers.

Bird Photography

Ruby-throated Hummingbird by Rolf Nussbaumer

Hummingbird Photo Tips

Two top professionals share their secrets for taking sharp photos of lightning-fast hummers.

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