Audubon Magazine Fall 2017


Inside the Race to Save the Florida Grasshopper Sparrow, North America’s Most Endangered Bird

The only hope to prevent extinction may be to remove some of the last birds from the wild for captive breeding. This summer scientists scrambled to collect enough sparrows before the breeding season’s end.

Greater Sage-Grouse are one of many sagebrush obligate species that depend on the vegetation and its associated habitat for existence. Noppadol Paothong

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.

Illustration by Katie Peek
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Scientists Want to Start Forecasting When Certain Species Are Migrating Your Way

Weather maps are essential for researchers shadowing birds on the move. Pairing radar with eBird data will take migration tracking to the next level.

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Louisiana Is Restoring Its 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.

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Once a Toxic Stew, New York’s Onondaga Lake Shows Signs of Life

Thanks to hundred of volunteers, a vast cleanup of the poisoned watershed is wrapping up—and the birds are beginning to return.

Illustrated Aviary

Eastern Bluebird

Dianne Bennett drops her bucolic bluebirds into an environment humming with human activity.

Letter From The Editor

The Alarming Decline of the Florida Grasshopper Sparrow Is a Wake-Up Call

These birds are barely hanging on in the wild, but there’s still hope.

Audubon View

Zinke's New Conservation Plans Will Hurt, Not Help, Sage-Grouse Recovery Efforts

As the saying goes, if it ain’t broke, don’t try to fix it.


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.

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