Audubon Magazine July-August 2012


Ecuador Won’t Drill for Oil in the Amazon—As Long as the World Pays Up

The South American country ups the ante on a unique plan to save Yasuní National Park, a haven for tropical birds.

Saving Wildlife on U.S. Roads

Volunteers help decipher how motorways affect animals. 

Western banded gecko.  Photograph by Allen Blake Sheldon

Earth Almanac

Sweet summer treats; early retirement; world’s best web designer and world’s smallest owl; more.

Housing Development Could Threaten Arizona’s San Pedro River

Development could pull water from a critical migratory bird stopover site.

Chasing Dragonflies and Damselflies

Birding and butterflying have long been popular. With the advent of easy-to-use field guides and common, colorful name

Remembering John Ogden

A giant's legacy.

Rita Shultz on her mail route. Jeff Hutchens/Getty Images
Flock Together

A Mail Carrier's Mission to Protect Bluebirds

A Virginia postal worker has turned her route into a haven for nesting eastern bluebirds.

The Rodman Dam blocks the migration of numerous species, from American eels to endangered shortnose sturgeon, and also prevents manatees from reaching important winter habitat.  Photograph by Carlton Ward Jr.

Has One Florida Dam's Day Finally Come?

Conservationists have waged a 41-year battle to free “the sweetest water-lane in the world” by tearing down an unnecessary dam. Their efforts have seemed hopeless—until now.

Green Guru: Eating Bugs

Insects are an eco-friendly meat alternative.

Freeze Frame: Gray Catbird, Caught In the Act

A gray catbird makes a surprise appearance during a Baltimore oriole photo shoot. 

Science educator Chris Bowser is helping make it easier for eels to breach dams that stand in their way as they migrate through the Hudson River watershed. Photograph by Natasha Otrakji

Eels Get a Leg Up Over Dams

Helping eels slide past dams with some PVC pipe and netting.

International Travel

On Safari in Botswana

Botswana is a place of almost mythic names: the Kalahari Desert, the Okavango Delta. Our 10-day safari is your guide to turning this land of boundless beauty into your wildlife-watching dream come true.

King eiders. Photograph by Steve Kaslowski

Audubon View

If Shell Oil has its way and drilling proceeds in the Beaufort and Chukchi seas, rich bird habitat and nurseries could suffer the consequences of a spill.

Common murres swim off the Northern California coast, ever ready to dive tens to hundreds of feet deep for a meal of sardines or krill. Numerous seabird species will benefit from the creation of new marine reserves. Photography by Ewan Burns

Ocean Sanctuaries Are a Boon for Fish, Seabirds, and Marine Mammals

A chain of more than 100 Marine Protected Areas offer a safe haven for creatures from albatrosses to whales along California's 1,100-mile coastline.

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