Conservation

Fossils Buried Deep in Lava Tubes Hold Secrets to Hawaii's Avian History

Fossils Buried Deep in Lava Tubes Hold Secrets to Hawaii's Avian History

— Helen James mixes spelunking and paleontology to piece together the lives of the island's extinct and endangered birds.
Hungry Seabirds and Snowy Owls Show Worrying Declines in IUCN Red List Update

Hungry Seabirds and Snowy Owls Show Worrying Declines in IUCN Red List Update

— Climate change is pushing more birds to the brink, but a kiwi comeback and other bright spots show that conservation pays off.
Zinke Proposes Opening Three Marine Monuments to Commercial Fishing

Zinke Proposes Opening Three Marine Monuments to Commercial Fishing

— If the Secretary of the Interior's recommendations are followed, the delicate ecosystems within each protected area could collapse.
Defying Tribes and Public Opinion, Trump Slashes Utah National Monuments by Two Million Acres

Defying Tribes and Public Opinion, Trump Slashes Utah National Monuments by Two Million Acres

— The president gutted Bears Ears and cut Grand Staircase-Escalante in half, but experts say he’s on shaky legal ground.
Here’s What 2,000 Acres of Arctic Refuge Drilling Could Really Look Like

Here’s What 2,000 Acres of Arctic Refuge Drilling Could Really Look Like

— Proponents of drilling for oil in the refuge say the impact will be limited to that amount of acreage, but the number is highly misleading.
Maine’s Atlantic Puffins Had One of Their Best Breeding Years Yet

Maine’s Atlantic Puffins Had One of Their Best Breeding Years Yet

— Cooler water and abundant fish led to loads of plump little pufflings.
In Sagebrush Country, Drilling Brings Nest-Raiding Rodents

In Sagebrush Country, Drilling Brings Nest-Raiding Rodents

— Scientists and federal experts are finding that habitat restoration in oil and gas fields can have unexpected consequences for Wyoming's songbirds.
The Saga Continues for Bailey, the Beleaguered Hog Island Osprey

The Saga Continues for Bailey, the Beleaguered Hog Island Osprey

— After surviving owl, wasp, and eagle attacks, the tough young bird is mending an injured wing at an Audubon rehab center in Florida.
Birding Is Taking Off in Guatemala

Birding Is Taking Off in Guatemala

— With the country's Atitlan region proving increasingly popular for birders seeking lifers, more and more locals are becoming guides.
A Year Later, It's Take Two for the Hawaiian Crow's Return to the Wild

A Year Later, It's Take Two for the Hawaiian Crow's Return to the Wild

— After three birds didn't survive a 2016 reintroduction attempt, the ʻAlalā Project revamped its strategies to make this year's release a success.