September/October 2020 From the Editor Black birders matter By Matt Mendenhall Why the mostly white birding community should learn from the experiences of birders of color. Features Birding in Place By Brian "Fox" Ellis How to get your birdwatching fix during a global pandemic. Saving Florida’s Rarest Bird By Justin Grubb Captive breeding holds promise for the Florida Grasshopper Sparrow. River of Dreams By Alan Jaffe The restoration of the San Antonio River turned a drainage channel into a natural mosaic of habitat for birds. Catching More than Fish By Cheryl Lyn Dybas Albatrosses wearing biologgers can now detect illegal fishing vessels and share their location in real time with authorities. Doing Our Part By Paul Sterry A new push for bird conservation from the world’s premier bird-photography contest. Columns Photographing Birds Your backyard studio By Alan Murphy Why a tray feeder on the ground will enable you to take great photos in your yard. Birder at Large At home with Canadas By Pete Dunne Reflections on a lifelong love affair with a common bird that not long ago wasn’t so common. Amazing Birds Those clever crows By Eldon Greij The world’s corvids can use tools, solve puzzles, recognize threats, give gifts, and return lost items to their human neighbors. Attracting Birds New sound treasures By Laura Erickson Recording bird song at home during the pandemic proves unexpectedly fruitful. ID Tips Gadwall By Kenn Kaufman Understanding plumage variations of this widespread duck. ID Toolkit Finest fall colors By David Sibley Why most birds look their best in fall plumage. Also in Every Issue Birding Briefs Important news about birds, birdwatching, and conservation. Your View Readers’ photos of Boreal Chickadee, Northern Harrier, Gambel’s Quail, Eastern Screech-Owl, and more. Stay in touch with BirdWatching Keep up to date on all the latest birding news and info. Sign Up for Our Free Newsletter!