Audubon Magazine March-April 2012

GREEN GURU, PLASTIC BAGS Photograph by Stephen Wilkes/ Gallery Stock

Green Guru: Fabric or Plastic?

The most eco-friendly options for grocery bags and trash can liners.

The Fine Art of Bonsai

A podiatrist-turned-photographer finds elegance in an ancient horticultural art.

Inmates Take Up Organic Gardening

Gardening behind bars offers prisoners fresh chances.

John E. Amos Power Plant, Winfield, West Virginia.  Photograph by Daniel Shea

Audubon View

The Audubon network has achieved major accomplishments where climate and energy are concerned. It's prepared to take on more.

Gardeners Reap the Benefits of Online Heirloom Seed Swaps

Planting the past, and preserving biodiversity in the process, is easier than ever.

A young parrot waits in an artificial nest box in a quindío for its parents to return with food. Photograph by Pablo Corral Vega

Parrot Conservation Changes a Catholic Tradition

Fifteen years ago the yellow-eared parrot was presumed extinct. Its rediscovery in Colombia forced the Catholic Church to abandon an age-old tradition, and brought about one of the most amazing comebacks in the Americas.

Rebounding Grizzlies Still Face, and Pose, Risks

Yellowstone’s rebounding grizzly bear population is an undeniable success. But figuring out how to manage the threatened omnivores—in light of potential food shortages and deadly human-grizzly interactions—isn’t so easy.

This rickety dock once provided water access for one of Stratford's Long Beach cottage dwellers. The dock's long gone, and so are the cottages. Photograph by John Huba

Pleasure Beach: A Place for Birds and People

Striking a balance between the needs of threatened birds and humans isn't always easy.

Sound Check: Deciphering the Mysterious Calls of Animals, from Birds to Belugas

A new book looks at the fascinating world of animal voices, and the insight they might provide into human communication.

High and Dry: A Human Face of Climate Change

Peruvians living high up in the Andes may not know the phrase, "climate change," but they're worried about its effects.

Saving Sharks From Finning

A serious effort to save some of the earth’s oldest, largest, and most successful predators is finally under way. But it needs to move faster.

Hunters Help Restore Hardwood Forests

Public and private groups work together to build better wildlife habitat in the Mississippi River valley.

Snapping turtles spend most of their time in water, where they are much less aggressive than they are on land. George Grall / National Geographic Stock

The Staying Power of Snapping Turtles

Sure, snapping turtles are sometimes irascible and always prehistoric-looking. But these relics, which have been around for 90 million years, are the ultimate survivors.

Unlocking Migration's Secrets

For centuries the study of bird migration has been riddled with mystery and unanswered questions: Where do birds go in winter? How far do they fly? Can they navigate a hurricane? Scientists are tapping new technologies to find 

Maple Syrup, the Vermont Way

Drizzling your flapjacks with bona fide maple syrup tapped from northern hardwood forests provides a mouthwatering breakfast—and a boon to birds. 

Audubon's cottontails Joel Sartore

Earth Almanac

Our cottontail; ode to a devil's urn; more. 

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