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WildBird magazine
November/December 2007


30 Holiday Gift Guide
Peruse this plethora of potential presents for your favorite birders or yourself.

36 Winter Opportunities
Use the traditionally slower season to speed up your I.D. skills.
BY SCOTT OLMSTEAD

42 Hidden Meanings
Through time and cultures, everyday birds often serve as symbols.
BY LORI SOWELL

46 Birding America: Montana's Prime Prairies
The northeastern region of Big Sky Country hosts prairie birds and much more.
BY CRAIG & LIZ LARCOM

54 Old-growth Denizen
Species Profile: Marbled Murrelet (Brachyramphus marmoratus)
BY RICK MARSI

56 The Right Fit
In choosing a bird tour, look at the itinerary and the leaders.
BY JEFFREY A. GORDON

60 Vote for the 2007 Birder of the Year
Choose from 10 candidates to receive a trip to Costa Rica, and see how you can become eligible next year!

2 EDITOR'S NOTE

4 LETTERS

6 NEWS & NOTES

10 CONSERVATION CORNER

14 ORNITHOLOGY 101

18 BIRDER'S BACK YARD

20 EAVESDROPPING: A TRIBUTE TO JUNE

22 BIRDBOY

24 BIRDER'S I.D.

26 LISTER'S FORUM

28 ADVENTURES WITH AUSTIN

62 GEAR, GADGETS & GOODS

63 BOOK NOOK

65 FLEDGLING TERRITORY

68 BIRDER'S EMPORIUM

69 WILDBIRD CLASSIFIEDS

71 ADVERTISER'S INDEX

72 FLYING FREE

ON THE COVER
Birders find Yellow-headed Blackbirds adding to the sounds in northeastern Montana's prairies. Learn more by turning to page 46.
By Craig & Liz Larcom

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