Freelancer Rachel Nuwer wrote "Setting Free the Birds," in the January-February issue.

Articles by Rachel Nuwer

People birding on the side of a road with under-constructions cones in the center.
News

Travel in the Time of Climate Crisis

By Rachel Nuwer
March 29, 2023 — As climate-related disasters ramp up, how can travelers minimize the harms and maximize the benefits they bring to recovering destinations?
News

What Is Killing Wisconsin's Bald Eagles?

By Rachel Nuwer
December 16, 2020 — For 25 years researchers struggled to find the culprit behind a mysterious illness plaguing eagles around the Wisconsin River. Finally, a clue emerges.
Culture

A Mysterious Illegal Egg Trade Imperils Kenya’s Owls

By Rachel Nuwer
December 14, 2018 — The raptors are already some of the most persecuted birds in Africa. Now their eggs are being stolen for witchcraft—but few seem to know or care.
Birds in the News

What Would Happen If We Brought Birds Back From The Dead?

By Rachel Nuwer
May 04, 2016 — Scientists are striving to resurrect extinct species, but if it works, they may not come back to the same habitat they left.
News

Watch a Biodegradable Chemical Clean Up Spilt Oil

By Rachel Nuwer
July 20, 2015 — The new creation may make sucking up the toxic substance safer for the environment.
Science

Cracking the Code on Egg Coloration

By Rachel Nuwer
June 15, 2015 — Just two pigments account for the remarkable spectrum of bird eggshell hue and patterns.
From Audubon Magazine

High Altitude Exposure

By Rachel Nuwer
April 26, 2015 — An artist goes airborne to reveal the beautiful scars we’ve left on the earth.

Three Generations of Citizen Science: The Futurist

By Rachel Nuwer
December 18, 2014 — Jessica Zelt's database of bird sightings helps us understand how climate change is affecting North American bird populations.

Chernobyl’s Radiation Seems to Be Robbing Birds of Their Sperm

By Rachel Nuwer
June 25, 2014 — New study could shed light on how nuclear disasters affect birds.

A Buddhist Ritual Gets an Ecologically Correct Update

By Rachel Nuwer
January 21, 2014 — "Release life," the practice of freeing caged animals into the wild to generate good karma, is now an environmentally friendly act of kindness.