Audubon Magazine January - February 2015

A young guinea fowl gets ready for its close-up at the U.K.'s Royal Veterinary College. Credit: Trevor Ray Hart

A Very Bad Plan

The Nicaraguan government, in league with a Chinese company, wants to dredge a massive canal through one of the world’s richest, most biodiverse regions. What could possibly go wrong?

Luring a Common Loon into a net can take hours, but once scientists capture their quarry, they need only 15 minutes to band, weigh, measure, and take blood and feather samples before releasing it.  Connor Stefanison.
Climate-Threatened Birds

Pulling North America's Loons Back from the Brink

Restoring a national icon takes luck, patience, and more than a little guile. The backing of a billionaire helps quite a bit, too.

Illustrated Aviary

Southern Caracara

Street artist L7m spray paints a wall of art.


8 Great Winter Birding Trails

Where to find North America's great diversity of wintertime birds.

The place where art meets science: Jason Brougham (left), Mick Ellison, and Deinonychus at the American Museum of Natural History. Credit: Robert Wright.
Ancient History

Raising Dinos From the Dead

Two artists reconstruct ancient creatures based on fossils.

A Red Knot smiles for the camera. The serrations on the inside of its bill help it grip slippery things. They look like the "teeth" on a saw, but they're not real teeth, so the Red Knot never has to go to the dentist! Joel Sartore.
Threatened Species

Rescuing the Rufa

As climate change ups the stakes for all birds, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service lists the rufa Red Knot as threatened.

Fishing boats lie abandoned in what was once the Aral Sea.  Ismael Alonso

Aral Spring

After years of devastation, the wetlands near a once-magnificent Central Asian lake are showing signs of life.

Birds In The News

Love in the Air

Even in the bird world, romance can get messy.

Audubon In Action

To Good Health

Here are some facts and figures on North America’s only two eagle species.

Edel Rodriguez open season

Open Season

With the unlocking of northern Mexico’s vast fuel deposits, there’s trouble on the horizon for wildlife.


David Attenborough Shows His Wisdom, But Never His Age

The James Bond of wildlife broadcasting still does his own stunts to bring nature to your living room (or mobile device).

Birding Without Borders

Welcome to Birding Without Borders

Can one “bird nerd,” with little more than a backpack and a spotting scope, crush the round-the-world Big Year record?

Audubon In Action

Events For Bird Lovers Across The Country: January-February 2015

Coming attractions from the Audubon network and beyond.

The cost of industrial development is clear in these degraded wetlands near Grand Isle, Louisiana. Matthew B. Slaby
Audubon View

Saving Louisiana

It’s time for all of us to get involved, no matter where we live.

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