How Migrating Birds Could Warn Us of the Next Pandemic
How Migrating Birds Could Warn Us of the Next Pandemic

In 1918, an avian flu virus became a devastating human contagion. Scientist studying shorebirds and waterfowl are hoping they can foresee such events and possibly even prevent them.

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The white tops of invasive Queen Anne's lace stand out among native grasses and gray-headed coneflower in a swath of prairie at Iowa's Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge. Rachel Mummey
Overwhelmed and Understaffed, Our National Wildlife Refuges Need Help
October 01, 2020 — Birds need them. People love them. But without more money, these vital sanctuaries can't serve wildlife or the public like they're supposed to.
Challenge Your Kids With These Six Nature-Photography Projects
October 01, 2020 — From scavenger hunts to a seasonal calendar and a technique called cyanotype, there are so many ways to get creative.
Birding and Conservation Groups Are Beginning to Grapple With Racist Histories
September 30, 2020 — But it's not enough to look only at the past, say experts—organizations must examine how these legacies influence their fields today.
This Bird Lives Because She Never Quit
September 29, 2020 — Jan Hamber defied the norms of her time, helped save the California Condor, and at age 90 is still blazing a trail for other women scientists.
Are the Environmental Rollbacks of the Trump Administration Built to Last?
September 29, 2020 — The federal government keeps losing in court—and its reversals might not stick—because it's been sloppy in dismantling regulations, experts say.
Scientists Are Unraveling the American Robin's Surprisingly Mysterious Migration
September 28, 2020 — Researchers hope new studies of these widespread birds will reveal their movements—and tip us off to disease outbreaks and other threats.
In a Tumultuous Year, Science and Steadfast Action Provide a Path Forward
September 28, 2020 — Our fall issue spotlights researchers and conservationists doing what it takes, in the face of overwhelming odds, to keep people and birds safe.
Street Trees Could Plant the Seed for a More Equitable Los Angeles
September 27, 2020 — The city has a growing green canopy, but its benefits aren't equally distributed. Meet the woman charged with changing that.
Reimagining the Black-billed Magpie
September 27, 2020 — Artist Lauren Tamaki captures the chatter of these vocal western corvids.
Revealing the Past to Create the Future
July 31, 2020 — As Audubon deepens its commitment to antiracism, we owe members and others a full accounting and reckoning with John James Audubon himself.
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