Audubon Magazine July-August 2014

Collateral Damage

Night-migrating songbirds fall from the sky when they collide with urban buildings. Some cities are switching off the lights to boost the birds’ chances of safe passage. 

Gathering Waters

To steward the Mississippi River, Jaime Thibodeaux brings together a community.

Bound by Tradition

In Peru, a festival that celebrates the Andean Condor could be hastening its demise.

Pål and Silje, the Blue Tits, are busy feeding their chicks. There are 11 of them in all even though you can only see 4 or 5 in this picture. Green worms are their favorite lunch. Magne Klann and Lars Aurtande
From Audubon Magazine

A Bird Flies Into a Bar

In Norway’s latest melodrama, there are fewer tears, more tweets.

Alberta. A scarecrow left in tailings ponds to protect birds from noxious substances, 2005. Photograph by Alex Webb/Magnum Photos

How to Keep Birds Off Poisonous Ponds

Laser technology might succeed where noise-making air cannons have not. 

Portrait of Neil Hayward, who in 2013 as a bird spotter had a Big Year spotting 749 species of birds in North America. Owls courtesy of the Blue Hills Trailside Museum in Milton, MA. Photograph by John Stanmeyer
News

King Bird

Neil Hayward spent most of 2013 crisscrossing the continent on a quest to see as many bird species as he could in a calendar year. When it was all over, he’d seen more than anyone–ever–and broken the Big Year record.

New Trade Agreements Gut Environmental Protections

Deals affecting U.S. neighbors to the east and west make the case that corporations are countries, too.

Adam Grimm in a ghillie suit that he uses for camouflage as he photographs the wild ducks in Eureka, South Dakota. Wild ducks are extremely wary of humans and will not come anywhere near a human who they can see. Jon Lowenstein
Dispatch

Duck Dynasty

Of canvases and Canvasbacks: a look inside the high-stakes, duck-obsessed world of the Federal Duck Stamp Contest.

Cliff top view as gannets hang in Force 8 gales above raging seas. September.
Shetland Islands, Scotland, UK Photograph by Andrew Parkinson

Going Deep

Gannets are the bird world’s Olympians, capable of plunging a hundred feet through the air, then slicing through the ocean to chase down fish. 

Author Peter Matthiessen at his home in Sagaponack, NY.   Photograph by Damon Winter/New York Times/Redux

Peter Matthiessen

The literary giant and naturalist wrote more than 30 books as well as numerous magazine articles, including for Audubon. A friend and writer shares his memories of the author's later years.

Drones Take Off as Wildlife Conservation Tool

UAVs are poised to revolutionize ecology and even save scientists’ lives.

Illustration: Hanoch Piven
Illustrated Aviary

Roseate Spoonbill

Hanoch Piven relies on serendipity to piece together his interpretation of this vibrant wader.

Editor's Note: Case Sensitive

It was time to determine a single Audubon style.

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