Update, May 22, 2012: This story describes an open house that ended on Sunday, May 20, 2012.
Tomorrow's the day!
That's when we throw open the front door to this website, dropping all access restrictions, so that everyone -- non-subscribers as well as subscribers -- can view everything that we've published.
Don't miss it! As I wrote yesterday, open access will last for a limited time only:
Open access will start tomorrow, Wednesday morning, May 16, and it will end Sunday night, May 20.
This is a great opportunity for you to see what our subscribers, including subscribers to our new digital editions, have access to all the time.
At the top of their list (and ours, too) is Since You Asked, written by Contributing Editor Julie Craves. Julie is supervisor of avian research at the Rouge River Bird Observatory at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, a research associate at the university's Environmental Interpretive Center, the author of an important and authoritative blog about coffee and conservation, and a longtime contributor to this magazine. Read more about Julie.
In Since You Asked, she answers your questions about birds. What type of questions, you ask? All kinds, as the following list of her 10 most recent columns shows.
Remember, we usually reserve Julie's columns for subscribers only, but from tomorrow until Sunday, everyone -- non-subscribers as well as subscribers -- can enjoy them.
Insecticides, Blue Jays, eggshellsIn our most recent issue (June 2012), Julie answered readers' questions about pesticides and hummingbirds, paint-eating jays, and offering eggshells.
Cowbirds, Sharp-shinned Hawks, Northern CardinalIn our April issue, she answered questions about how Brown-headed Cowbirds learn that they're cowbirds, where Sharp-shinned and Cooper's Hawks roost in your neighborhood, and why Northern Cardinals tend to show up at feeders in pairs.
Cardinals, herons, and waterIn February, she described the best ways to provide water to birds in winter, explained why Northern Cardinals are the last to arrive at backyard feeders, and told how Great Blue Herons survive in cold conditions.
Eye disease, nuts, and cachingIn December 2011, readers asked about the status of eye disease in House Finches, whether birds dislike almonds or other nuts, and what chickadees do with the seeds they take from feeders.
Swiftlets and ticksThe subjects of Julie's October 2011 column were bird's-nest soup and the types and effects of ticks that prey upon birds.
Caves, hummingbirds, and raritiesIn our August 2011 issue, Julie answered questions about birds that nest in caves, hummingbirds seen hovering near spider's webs, and the authenticity of the Patagonia Picnic Table Effect.
Feeding and spilled seedIn June, she told how to hand-feed birds and explained whether nyjer found beneath feeders is wasted seed or empty hulls.
Banding, bills, and pigmentsIn April 2011, she fielded questions about the effects of leg bands, whether there's a difference between the terms "bill" and "beak," and how common a black White-winged Dove might be.
Molt, woodpeckers, and oriolesOn readers' minds in February 2011 were factors that determine when birds molt, whether woodpeckers commonly visit hummingbird feeders, and why orioles don't ordinarily use feeders in summer and fall.
Owl watching and color morphsAnd in December 2010, Julie provided answers to readers' questions about the ethics of watching owls and red and gray screech-owls.
Cardinals, owls, eye disease, orioles, pigments, banding -- I told you Julie answered all sorts of questions! No wonder her column is one of the most popular parts of each issue of BirdWatching magazine!
Best of all, it's not the only subscriber-only column that you'll be able to read starting tomorrow. You'll also be able to enjoy the following:
Read about subscriber-only "Hotspots Near You" and feature articles that you can read during the open-access period.
And don't forget: Even after our open-access period, there will be lots for you and other visitors to BirdWatchingDaily.com to read. Access to the following sections is always open:
Attracting BirdsLaura Erickson's popular regular column about attracting, feeding, sheltering, and understanding the birds in your backyard. Go to Attracting Birds.
On the Move, compiled by the project leaders of eBirdPhotographs of birds that are migrating in North America right now, along with information about when and how they migrate and where you can see them. Go to On the Move.
Birding BriefsImportant news about birds and birdwatching, along with dramatic photos of recent rare-bird sightings. Go to Birding Briefs.
BookshelfDescriptions of notable just-published books about birds, along with publication information and links to booksellers. Go to Bookshelf.
Your ViewBeautiful photographs of birds taken by BirdWatching readers. Go to Your View.
Getting StartedInfo about how to attract and feed birds, identify them, choose binoculars, and make your birdwatching count, along with commonsense answers to questions about grackles, bald birds, baby birds, and bird emergencies. Go to Getting Started.
Please don't hesitate to let me know what you think. Write to me! I look forward to hearing from you. --Chuck Hagner, Editor
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