Audubon Magazine May-June 2012

Tig Tillinghast makes maple syrup. Ben Stechschulte

Working Lands: A Family Making Maple Syrup Grows Sugar Bush for Birds

Tig and Elise Tillinghast show how sweet it is making a living while preserving bird habitat.

International Travel

Journey to Quebec’s Saint Lawrence River

An unpredictable haven for cetaceans, as well as hundreds of thousands of birds, Quebec’s St. Lawrence River is an eco-traveler’s dream.

Earth Almanac

One tough little warbler; ten-inch terrors; a ticklish beetle; the march of avocets; sky-high sheep; and more. 

Kleen Kanteen baby bottles

Green Guru: How Safe Are BPA Alternatives?

Alternatives to BPA may not be as safe as you think, so choose wisely. 

Art Aims to Protect Birds from Glass

College students design films to prevent birds from crashing into windows.

Birds that Perish During Migration are the Stuff of Education

The fate of migrating birds a century ago can teach us plenty right now.

Raising Baby Corals for Reef Restoration

Restoring the Florida Keys, one piece at a time. 

Protecting Hawaii's Precious Plants

Planting native blossoms gives Oahu's unique landscape a fighting chance.

Bringing Science to the Forefront of Presidential Debates

A group urges the presidential candidates to discuss science, technology, and the environment.

Audubon View

Major wind developers have pledged to voluntarily incorporate bird-friendly guidelines in the construction of new wind energy projects and to modify existing turbines. 

The author on an Adventures on the Gorge canopy zipline. The longest leg on this circuit is more than 700 feet, and zippers reach speeds of up to 30 miles per hour. Photograph by Jeff Hutchens

Birding by Zipline

Clipping into a zipline and flying through the canopy of a West Virginia hardwood forest gives thrill seekers a decidedly different perspective on their favorite birds. 

Mosquito control, Jones Beach State Park, Long Island, 1945 Bettmann/Corbis

Is DDT Here to Stay?

Thanks to Rachel Carson’s crusade, DDT was banned and birds are rebounding. If only it were that simple. 

Gail Miller knows she could easily sell her farm in New York, but because of how much it mattered to her father, she says, “I just can’t do that.” Ben Stechschulte

Working Lands: A New York Farm Owner Manages Fields For Grassland Birds

Gail W. Miller's 174-year-old farm is worth the upkeep to protect grassland birds such as bobolinks.  

CARSON AND CAMELOT Illustration by Joe Ciardiello

Rachel Carson and JFK, an Environmental Tag Team

On the 50th anniversary of Silent Spring’s publication, a best-selling historian shows the extent to which John Kennedy and his administration defended Rachel Carson’s controversial work against the chemical industry’s onslaught.

By carefully managing this piece of prairie, Tom Smith can create the conditions prairie-chickens and other species need to thrive. Photograph by Ben Stechschulte

Working Lands: A Missouri Farmer Saves Prairie and Grassland Birds

Creating conditions species need to thrive in Hi Lonesome.

A photographer brings mining into stark relief inColstrip, Montana.
Coal storage area and railroad tipple, Colstrip, Montana, 1984. The photographer documented the town during the early 1980s. Photograph by David Hanson

Kicking the Coal Habit

America may be coming to grips with the dark side of our cheapest, most abundant energy source, but a plan to unload it on Asia threatens to poison our planet.

The Pacific Northwest's Underwater Wilderness

The rich and murky undersea world off the Pacific Northwest inspires a photographer to endure freezing waters to shoot dazzling creatures.

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