Conservation

Department of Interior to Lift Bans on Arctic and Atlantic Drilling, Review Current Five-Year Offshore Oil and Gas Plans

Department of Interior to Lift Bans on Arctic and Atlantic Drilling, Review Current Five-Year Offshore Oil and Gas Plans

— An executive order coming today will reverse Obama-era restrictions while issuing a review of the five-year plan for future oil and gas development.
 Is That Legal? Department of the Interior Considers Resizing or Rescinding National Monuments Under the Antiquities Act

Is That Legal? Department of the Interior Considers Resizing or Rescinding National Monuments Under the Antiquities Act

— The law that authorizes the president to create national monuments is at risk. Here's a definitive guide to the act and how it—and the lands it protects—could be in trouble.
Audubon Volunteers Are Counting Bluebirds and Nuthatches to Better Understand Climate Change

Audubon Volunteers Are Counting Bluebirds and Nuthatches to Better Understand Climate Change

— A pilot program called Climate Watch aims to use on-the-ground observations to validate Audubon’s climate modeling, which predicts how birds’ territory ranges will shift in response to a changing climate.
To Save Albatross From Sea Level Rise, an Experimental Colony Lifts Off

To Save Albatross From Sea Level Rise, an Experimental Colony Lifts Off

— In Hawaii, conservationists dutifully tend to downy Laysan Albatross chicks at a new nesting colony created to ensure the species’ future. This is the second of three stories about efforts to save the birds, one egg at a time.
Why Geospatial Data Is Vital to the Future of Endangered Species Lists

Why Geospatial Data Is Vital to the Future of Endangered Species Lists

— Satellite tracking and remote sensing might help save birds from going extinct, but collecting and applying the results can be complicated.
How Cattle Ranchers Are Helping to Save Western Grasslands and Birds

How Cattle Ranchers Are Helping to Save Western Grasslands and Birds

— The prairie is posed to make a comeback, thanks to Audubon's new Conservation Ranching Program.
Meet the Brave Bodyguards Protecting Belize’s Scarlet Macaws From Poachers

Meet the Brave Bodyguards Protecting Belize’s Scarlet Macaws From Poachers

— To keep macaw chicks safe, a team of rangers spends night and day watching over the birds’ nests and homes.
Maple Syrup Makers Are Turning Their Forests Into Prime Songbird Habitat

Maple Syrup Makers Are Turning Their Forests Into Prime Songbird Habitat

— Through Audubon Vermont's pioneering project, sugar farms are promoting better tree diversity to attract nesting avians.
One Casualty of White House Budget: Cleanup of Toxic Hotspots Along the Great Lakes

One Casualty of White House Budget: Cleanup of Toxic Hotspots Along the Great Lakes

— The proposed budget dedicates $0 to the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, which restores polluted land and water leftover from manufacturing, lumber, and mining industries.
Florida’s Wading Birds Had a Terrible Breeding Season Last Year

Florida’s Wading Birds Had a Terrible Breeding Season Last Year

— An annual survey of south Florida’s wading birds—including Roseate Spoonbills, Great Egrets, and Wood Storks—found the fewest nests in eight years. The results continue a worrisome trend of nesting decline.