Audubon Magazine July-August 2013

Epcot visitors this spring learned about healthy backyards.  Photograph by Jeff Krause/Flickr Creative Commons

Growing Healthy Yards For Birds

An Epcot garden teaches visitors about bird-friendly yards.

It may be survival of the sleekest for Nebraska cliff swallows. Photograph by Joel Sartore

Swallows Evolve for Life Near the Road

Sleeker wings help Nebraska swallows avoid deadly traffic.

Audubon In Action

Swift Approach

Huge crowds flock to a Portland school to watch thousands of Vaux’s swifts funnel into a makeshift roost.

Scientists are investigating how bird populations on Pacific islands affect forest health. Photograph by Joel Sartore

Birds May Help Forests Stay Cool

Missing birds may mean warmer forests for Guam.

Old Faithful Reveals New Secrets

A hidden chamber below the geyser may drive its iconic eruptions.

Prairie Tales

An Audubon educator connects kids and prairie dogs. 

Pelican Conservation Goes High Tech

Tracking pelicans from Minnesota marshes to the Gulf of Mexico. 

An X-ray revealed a large lead fishing jig inside this dead loon. Photograph by Tufts Wildlife Clinic

Birds, Unleaded

Audubon groups in Maine and California wage a battle against deadly lead.

Illustrated Aviary

Great Egret

Olaf Hajek kicks off the series with a little lesson in art history.

Clowning Around

A clownfish “dance” keeps anemones healthy. 

Repurposing Waste to Create Art

An Arizona artist makes everything from clothes to sculptures from recycled materials.

Wine or Wildlife?

As the world warms, vineyards could move into wildlife habitat.

Bees Get a Buzz from Caffeine

Caffeine-laced nectar improves pollinators' memory.

Biofuel from Stomach Bugs

Researchers are transforming gut microbes into biodiesel-making factories.

Lemon sharks on patrol. Adult lemons have few predators—save humans. They’re a popular sport fish, and their fins are highly prized for shark-fin soup. Photograph by David Doubilet/National Geographic Stock

Safer Waters for Sharks

Masters of the underwater universe for millions of years, the much-persecuted shark may finally have a fighting chance thanks to friends in surprising places.

Stemming the Tide of Shorebird Losses

With migrations that can span thousands of miles, Pacific shorebirds are among nature’s most amazing aerialists. But without crucial stopover habitat along their way, they could be doomed.

Saving North America’s Tallest Bird

Whooping crane recovery is one of conservation’s great successes, but suddenly there are new and frightening threats.

Illustration: Noah Woods

8 Great Summer Birding Trails

Audubon’s guide to unforgettable trips that wend through charming towns and rural outposts while also connecting the dots between many Important Bird Areas.

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