May/June 2020 From the Editor Bird on! By Matt Mendenhall Despite the pandemic, our commitment to covering the world of birds and birding remains strong. Features Nocturnal revelations By Sneed B. Collard III A Montana study into birds’ nighttime flight calls could drastically alter what we know about birds and how to protect them. Releasing hope into the world By Marina Richie A bird-banding station on the Appalachian Trail sits at the intersection of hiking, science, and wonder. True blue By Cheryl Lyn Dybas How a tiny butterfly saved one of the world’s last inland pine barrens — and why that matters for its birds. Birding festivals 101 By Elaine Stachera Simon 13 tips to make your next birding festival fantastic. Columns Since You Asked Answers to your questions By Julie Craves Why a robin would protect an empty nest, reasons not to use lime on your lawn, and birds attracted to winterberry. Birder at Large The Red-tail transect By Pete Dunne A cross-country road trip produces lots of raptors — and a renewed appreciation for our rich birdlife. Attracting Birds GMO products in bird food By Laura Erickson Why we should think twice before offering birds food with corn. Amazing Birds Taking the long way By Eldon Greij A few bird species make astounding annual migrations. ID Tips Wilson's Phalarope By Kenn Kaufman Tips for identifying the various plumages of our most distinctive phalarope. ID Toolkit 4 versions, 1 species By David Sibley Northern Flicker’s fascinating color differences explained. Hotspots Near You 303. Kootenai National Wildlife Refuge, Bonners Ferry, Idaho This refuge in northern Idaho is a haven for waterfowl, raptors, and many other species. Published: 4/7/2020 304. Emiquon Preserve, Lewistown, Illinois This floodplain and two adjoining national wildlife refuges are designated as a Wetland of International Importance. Published: 4/7/2020 Also in Every Issue Photo contest winners The winning images from our recent Bird Portrait Contest. Birding Briefs Important news about birds, birdwatching, and conservation. Bookshelf Recent books covering photography, birdsong, penguins, and more.