Audubon MagazineFall 2017


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.

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.
Flock Together

A Former Soldier Who Found Solace Rehabbing Raptors, Now Helps Other Struggling Veterans

By Purbita Saha and Tony Luong
September 22, 2017 — After the Persian Gulf War, Robert Vallières grappled with aneurysms, PTSD, and more. Birds are the ones that brought him back.
From Audubon Magazine

This Japanese Woodcarver Helps the Blind See Birds Through Touch

By Meghan Bartels
September 22, 2017 — Haruo Uchiyama sculpts intricate, life-size birds to teach the world about evolution and extinction. His current mission: modeling 40 species of Hawaiian honeycreepers.

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

By Mark Jannot
September 22, 2017 — 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.

Scientists Want to Start Forecasting When Certain Species Are Migrating Your Way

By Katie Peek
September 22, 2017 — Weather maps are essential for researchers shadowing birds on the move. Pairing radar with eBird data will take migration tracking to the next level.
From Audubon Magazine

Louisiana Is Restoring Its Barrier Islands to Defend Against Hurricanes and Rising Seas

By Justin Nobel
September 22, 2017 — 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.
From Audubon Magazine

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

By Gwendolyn Craig
September 21, 2017 — Thanks to hundred of volunteers, a vast cleanup of the poisoned watershed is wrapping up—and the birds are beginning to return.
Illustrated Aviary

Reimagining the Eastern Bluebird

By Dianne Bennett
September 21, 2017 — 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

By Mark Jannot
September 21, 2017 — 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

By David Yarnold
September 21, 2017 — As the saying goes, if it ain’t broke, don’t try to fix it.

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