Audubon MagazineFall 2022

Logs pile up on the ground next to the trees that were cut down in the middle of a forest.
Letter From the Editor

Seeing the Birds for the Forest

Magazines face unprecedented challenges just getting to press, but we have our eye on the long game.
A bird's eye view of a winter scene of a forest with some green pine trees and bare aspen, paper birch, and red maple trees.
From Audubon Magazine

Portrait of a Forest on the Climate Edge

In Minnesota, a boreal forest ecosystem could shift north over the Canada border this century. Local photographers, scientists, and land managers are grappling with what that means—and how to respond.
William Blake sits on the ground next to a Motus antenna, itself sitting in a green field that slopes into a river valley.
From Audubon Magazine

A Global Antenna Network Is the Next Frontier of Migration Science

By Alex Tey
September 21, 2022 — Motus stations across the landscape pick up ‘pings’ from any radio-tagged birds that fly past. The data, open to everyone, are painting a fuller picture of the journeys the creatures make.

This Tiny Brazilian Island Could Hold the Key to the Purple Martin’s Future

By Daniel Grossman
September 21, 2022 — Vast numbers of the swallows pass through one roost in the heart of the Amazon before winging their way to North American birdhouses. Studying it could provide clues to the species’ decades-long decline.
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From Audubon Magazine

Best-Selling Author Jeff VanderMeer Finds That Nature Is Stranger Than Fiction

By Jessica Bruder
September 21, 2022 — The novelist attained fame with gripping works of eco-fiction. How hard could it be to rewild his own backyard?
Field Notes

Vermont's Birders and Landowners Are Joining Forces to Contribute to Science

By Madeline Bodin
September 21, 2022 — A new state-wide program recruits volunteers to survey breeding birds that would otherwise go uncounted.
Three students sit on the floor as they paint a large mural depicting multiple birds.
Audubon View

Audubon Is Powered by People

By Elizabeth Gray
September 21, 2022 — Our chapters, our members—you—are what make Audubon successful, and our collective power can accomplish great things for everyone.

It’s the Moment of Truth for Saving the Northern Spotted Owl

By Ashley Braun
September 20, 2022 — Preventing the Pacific Northwest icon’s extinction calls for aggressive intervention, including killing another owl species. Will we act fast enough?
A group of nine people stand in front of a small wooden building surrounded by forest on a sunny day.
Field Notes

Who Runs the Forest? Increasingly, in the Southeast, It’s Women

By Alex Tey
September 20, 2022 — New groups are cultivating communities of women who manage their trees with economic and ecosystem sustainability in mind.
An oil painting of a brightly-colored Western Tanager, modeled after clay, crossing a rocky expanse.
The Aviary

The Western Tanager of Tomorrow

By Jessica McKenzie
September 19, 2022 — George Boorujy’s evocative artwork depicts a colorful migratory songbird in a climate-devastated future.
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These Native Meadows in Motown Aim to Boost Birdlife and Neighbors’ Well-Being

By Allison Torres Burtka
September 19, 2022 — Detroit Bird City breathes new life into dormant parks, creating havens for residents and avian visitors.
Field Notes

From Ground to Orbit, Space Industry’s Lift-Off Sparks Environmental Concerns

By Jessica Leber
September 19, 2022 — As more rockets take flight, how will we protect life at home?
 An aerial view, looking straight down, of bleached white cedars that are dead from flooding.

How New Jersey Plans to Relocate Flooded ‘Ghost Forests’ Inland

By Jared Brey
September 19, 2022 — A $20 million cedar restoration project in the state’s Pine Barrens shows how people can help vanishing habitats outpace sea-level rise.

The Bird Migration Explorer Lets You Interact With Nature’s Most Amazing Feat

By The Editors
September 15, 2022 — With this revolutionary new tool, anyone can follow hundreds of species on their epic journeys and discover challenges they face along the way.

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