January/February 2022 From the Editor A lasting legacy By Matt Mendenhall Reflecting on Eldon Greij’s legacy after his passing. Features Shadow in the grasslands By Cheryl Lyn Dybas The Short-eared Owl is in a decades-long population decline that has gone almost unnoticed. Birding Israel By Sneed B. Collard III From the Hula Valley in the north to the coastal city of Eilat in the south, Israel boasts a wide array of wonderful birds. 40-below wonders By Malkolm Boothroyd Why the birds that thrive in the Yukon’s winters are as amazing as those that migrate across continents and oceans. The plea By Frank Saccente Planet Earth’s avian distance champion is the perfect messenger to appeal for the protection of all birds. Columns Attracting Birds Backyard owls By Laura Erickson Spotting an owl in your yard or neighborhood can be like winning the World Series. Birder at Large Got to make the morning last By Pete Dunne Why a Big Sit gets every day off to a good start. ID Tips Savannah Sparrow By Kenn Kaufman Ho to recognize the various forms of one of North America's most widespread native sparrow species. ID Toolkit Sparrow similarities By David Sibley Learning how to distinguish House Sparrow will help in your quest to identify other sparrows. Photographing Birds Beyond portraits By Marie Read Four ways to add artistry to your bird images. Hotspots Near You 319. Virginia Lake, St. John’s, Newfoundland & Labrador This birdwatcher’s oasis within the city boundary hosts nesting Osprey, Boreal Chickadee, ducks, waterbirds, and many other birds. Published: 12/23/2021 320. Elsen’s Hill, Winfield, Illinois The Elsen’s Hill unit of West DuPage Woods Forest Preserve in a western suburb of Chicago is a great place to bird year-round. Published: 12/23/2021 Also in Every Issue Birding Briefs The discovery of a new tanager species from South America, the impact of climate change on birds' bodies, studying wading bird populations in the Everglades, and more. On the Wire The documentary about Chicago's famous Piping Plovers, artist Christopher Reiger's unique bird-inspired posters, the podcast Life List, and three notable books. Contest Winners The winners of our first ever Birds in Flight Photo Contest.