Audubon MagazineJuly-August 2013

Native Plants

How to Create a Bird-Friendly Yard

New research shows that small habitats can add up to a big difference.

Audubon View

Transforming an auto impound yard into a haven for birds.

Growing Healthy Yards For Birds

By Alisa Opar
August 13, 2013 — An Epcot garden teaches visitors about bird-friendly yards.

Swallows Evolve for Life Near the Road

By Brianna Elliott
August 13, 2013 — Sleeker wings help Nebraska swallows avoid deadly traffic.
Audubon in Action

Swift Approach

By David Seideman
August 13, 2013 — Huge crowds flock to a Portland school to watch thousands of Vaux’s swifts funnel into a makeshift roost.

Birds May Help Forests Stay Cool

By Emma Bryce
August 08, 2013 — Missing birds may mean warmer forests for Guam.

Old Faithful Reveals New Secrets

By Susan Cosier
August 08, 2013 — A hidden chamber below the geyser may drive its iconic eruptions.

Prairie Tales

By Michele Berger
August 06, 2013 — An Audubon educator connects kids and prairie dogs. 

Pelican Conservation Goes High Tech

By Brianna Elliott
August 05, 2013 — Tracking pelicans from Minnesota marshes to the Gulf of Mexico. 

Birds, Unleaded

By Emma Bryce
August 05, 2013 — Audubon groups in Maine and California wage a battle against deadly lead.
Illustrated Aviary

Reimagining the Great Egret

By Olaf Hajek
July 31, 2013 — Olaf Hajek kicks off the series with a little lesson in art history.

Clowning Around

By Daisy Yuhas
July 30, 2013 — A clownfish “dance” keeps anemones healthy. 

Repurposing Waste to Create Art

By Brianna Elliott
July 29, 2013 — An Arizona artist makes everything from clothes to sculptures from recycled materials.

Wine or Wildlife?

By Michele Berger
July 22, 2013 — As the world warms, vineyards could move into wildlife habitat.

Bees Get a Buzz from Caffeine

By Michele Berger
July 16, 2013 — Caffeine-laced nectar improves pollinators' memory.

Biofuel from Stomach Bugs

By Alisa Opar
July 16, 2013 — Researchers are transforming gut microbes into biodiesel-making factories.

Safer Waters for Sharks

By Alisa Opar
July 12, 2013 — 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

By Jane Qiu
July 11, 2013 — 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

By Ted Williams
July 09, 2013 — Whooping crane recovery is one of conservation’s great successes, but suddenly there are new and frightening threats.

8 Great Summer Birding Trails

By Kenn Kaufman
July 09, 2013 — 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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