Audubon Magazine November-December 2012

Seeing the Familiar in Our Nonhuman Counterparts

A new book of captivating portraits explores the relationship between people and animals.

Review: 'Mr. Hornaday's War'

An early conservationist’s unusual approach to saving embattled wildlife.

Reindeer in Chukotka Peninsula, Russia Photograph by Natalie Fobes

How Reindeer Keep Their Cool

Scientists found out how these mammals avoid getting too hot.

Earth Almanac

Beyond Donner and Blitzen; decking the woods; a partridge in tree?

Sloths Like Chocolate

Shade-grown crops like cacao are a boon for sloths.

International Campaign Aims to Combat Ocean Acidification

A new international collaboration seeks to save the seas.

Should You Buy a Real or Fake Christmas Tree?

When it comes to the environment, choose your tree wisely.

Pulling Up Stakes in the West

Audubon groups are saving birds from open-ended PVC mining stakes.

Young Gorillas Outwit Poachers

A pair of wild gorillas dismantle a hunter's snare.

Editor's Note

At Audubon, we try to focus on solutions rather than problems.

Audubon View

The Christmas Bird Count isn't just fun—it provides crucial information about our country's birds, too.

Dark clouds converge over Nushagak Bay, in one of the pristine watersheds that would be threatened by the proposed mine and its toxic tailings ponds. Photograph by Michael Medford/National Geographic Stock

Giant Strip Mine Threatens Alaska's Iconic Bristol Bay

Pick the worst place on the planet for a giant strip mine, in the heart of America’s wildest and most productive ecosystem. That’s exactly where one is planned.

Connecticut River Watershed Named America's First National Blueway

A huge watershed crossing four states earns a title worth fighting for.

A Kitschy New Book and Video Take Audiences On Safari

A new twist on an old technology brings Africa's wildlife to you.

Fighting to Protect Panama Bay

Critical bird habitat in Central America is at risk.

Scrapped Plans for Power Lines Protect Habitats from Energy Development

Thousands of acres are saved when plans for two transmission lines meet their end.

Illustration: John Muir Laws

How To Draw A Bird

A new guide to bird drawing inspires a deeper connection with nature.


Solving the Piping Plover Puzzle

Piping plovers are famous summer residents of beaches and lakeshores--the most adorable argument against development and reckless recreation. Yet where many spend the winter has long been a mystery. Until now.

South American Cowboys Cook Up Bird-Friendly Beef

Legendary gauchos are teaming up with grassland conservationists to maintain a way of life and help save millions of grassland birds.

Fighting to Save the Spoon-billed Sandpiper From Extinction In Five Years

So rare and cute. The spoon-billed sandpiper blends fantasy with tragedy. In a scramble to get the word out, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology captured the first-ever high-definition video of the bird, which numbers barely 300. Audubon has the story.

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