Conservation

Snowy Owls at Airports Are Often Shot—But They Don’t Have to Be

Snowy Owls at Airports Are Often Shot—But They Don’t Have to Be

— Thanks to lessons learned during the last Snowy Owl influx, more airports and falconers are prepared to remove the birds humanely.
In Belize, Finding a Balance Between Conservation and Community Needs

In Belize, Finding a Balance Between Conservation and Community Needs

— After an apparent arson at Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary, there's a new push to quell decades-old disagreements over fishing and logging.
Get Ready for the Year of the Bird

Get Ready for the Year of the Bird

— A broad and timely alliance between Audubon, National Geographic, BirdLife, and Cornell steps up to protect birds and the places they need.
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.