A four-day-old Florida Grasshopper Sparrow. Photo: Mac Stone

Fall 2017

The only hope to save the Florida Grasshopper Sparrow: a high-stakes rescue before summer's end. The Gulf's first line of defense is worth $500 million—and countless human and avian lives. What we learned from the lost birds of the DuPont mercury case. Debunking Ryan Zinke's new sage-grouse conservation plans, mapping fall migration through radar, preserving estuaries and everything else that's at risk with federal rollbacks, and soldiering on to help injured raptors and veterans.

Read on for the full contents of our fall issue

The Race to Save North America’s Most Endangered Bird Species

This summer scientists rushed to collect enough Florida Grasshopper Sparrows before the breeding season’s end to fend off extinction.

Photo: Mac Stone

Louisiana Is Restoring Barrier Islands to Defend Against Hurricanes and Rising Seas

Funds from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill are flowing into the state, financing unprecedented restoration work along its beleaguered coast—just in the nick of time.

Photo: Ben Depp

Greater Sage-Grouse Like You’ve Never Seen Them Before

In his new book, photographer Noppadol Paothong focuses his lens on the iconic bird throughout its life cycle.

Photo: Noppadol Paothong

How Much Should Major Polluters Pay? A DuPont Settlement Provides a Model

A biologist traced mercury from a company spill to contamination in songbirds, and devised a new way to hold polluters financially accountable.

Photo: Greg Kahn