Audubon MagazineSeptember-October 2011

Green Guru: Do Electric Cars Really Reduce Pollution?

The emissions of an electric car from production to the charging station. 

Beavers' Comeback Helps Restore Ecosystems

Long maligned as pests, beavers are proving indispensable.

Trash Fish: It's What's For Dinner

By Dan Oko
January 24, 2012 — Obscure fish are becoming the increasingly trendy eco-choice meal.

World's Largest Bat Colony Benefits Birds and Farms

By Alisa Opar
January 17, 2012 — The bats in Texas's Bracken Cave are effective insecticides. Preserving the land where they live helps other wildlife, too.

Earth Almanac

By Ted Williams
November 10, 2011 — Porcupine passion; an eight-legged lynx; more.

Poison Control

By Susan Cosier
October 20, 2011 — New rodenticide regulations protect raptors and could save seabirds.

A Garden Grows in New Orleans

By Michele Berger
October 20, 2011 — Jenga Mwendo is greening a little corner of her hometown.

Bayou Blues

By Dan Oko
October 12, 2011 — Musician Tab Benoit plays to save Louisiana’s wetlands.

The Long Goodbye

By Frank Graham Jr.
October 07, 2011 — A new book traces one ornithologist’s quixotic efforts to study and preserve the ivory-billed woodpecker.

Rays That Pay

By Susan Tweit
October 06, 2011 — Enticed by state and federal energy incentives, a utility rebate program, and falling prices for solar panels, a Colorado couple hooks their home up to the sun.
Climate Solutions

Here Comes the Sun

By Judith Lewis Mernit
October 04, 2011 — The Southwest’s deserts offer promise for solar power development. They also boast incredible biodiversity. New initiatives are looking to tap into the vast energy potential without threatening the wildlife and plants that depend on this fragile land.

Off the Beaten Path

By Victoria Schlesinger
September 29, 2011 — Wildlife tracking is making a comeback, attracting outdoor enthusiasts and biologists alike. For some it’s an engrossing hobby; for others it’s a critical contribution to conservation.  

Soldiering On

By Julie Leibach
September 28, 2011 — An arboreal army marches across England.

Audubon View

By David Yarnold
September 26, 2011 — Can our conservation efforts embrace our nation's demography?

Lights, Binoculars, Action!

By Alisa Opar
September 22, 2011 — Steve Martin, Jack Black, and Owen Wilson chat about portraying birders hell-bent on tallying the most species in their new film The Big Year.

The Big Screen

By Mark Obmascik
September 22, 2011 — The author writes about what it’s like to have his book made into a major motion picture featuring some of Hollywood’s biggest stars. Will birding ever be the same?

Free-Range Chickens

By Ted Williams
September 09, 2011 — Lesser prairie chickens are almost cooked. But in the West, sensible planning and healthy partnerships hold promise—if Americans would only abandon their current policy of wind, oil, and gas development anywhere, at any cost.

The Art of Observation

By Julie Leibach
September 09, 2011 — Curiosity and field skills guide a photographer through tropical rainforests to study nature through science and art.

Facing the Future

By Barry Yeoman
September 09, 2011 — While environmental groups often work toward preserving biodiversity in ecosystems, many are now grappling with trying to figure out how to diversify their own ranks.

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