Audubon MagazineSeptember-October 2012

How Do Pigeons Find Their Way Home?

Unlocking the secret of how birds navigate.

Mosquitoes Ride the Rain

Unlike some other fliers, these insects don't dodge the drops.

Blood in Leeches Helps Save Species

By Susan Cosier
October 09, 2012 — Researchers are using genetic material from unconventional sources to better understand species’ populations and ranges. 

Improving Stopover Habitat for Birds

By Michele Berger
October 04, 2012 — A joint effort between Audubon and The Nature Conservancy aims to improve rest stops for migrating songbirds.

Green Guru: Do We Need Satellites?

By Susan Cosier
October 02, 2012 — The number of earth-monitoring satellites directly affects our ability to see our changing planet.

Earth Almanac

By Ted Williams
October 01, 2012 — Nature's walking stick; when a royal becomes a ragamuffin; a ubiquitous but rare species; mourning glory; more. 

Out of the Shadows: Black Swifts, North America's Most Mysterious Birds

By Alisa Opar
September 26, 2012 — Whether exploring dark, wet caves in Colorado or crossing paths with Montana's grizzlies, a dedicated band of scientists and volunteers is determined to solve the mystery of one of the most elusive birds on earth. 

Faux Feathers: Incredible Hunk of Hematite Mimics Bird Wing

By Julie Leibach
September 21, 2012 — An arresting photograph blurs the lines between animal and mineral. 

A Palm Tree Paradise in Maui

By W.S. Merwin
September 18, 2012 — A renowned poet writes an inspiring story of restoration and love of nature that created a Hawaiian oasis.

Eleven Fun Facts About the Farm Bill

By Julie Leibach
September 12, 2012 — From organic agriculture to nutrition programs, the Farm Bill covers a range of subjects. 

Audubon Guide to Hawk Watching

By Kenn Kaufman
September 07, 2012 — Ten awesome places to catch one of nature's greatest spectacles.

From Coal Mine to Botanic Garden

By Catherine Griffin
September 06, 2012 — The Pittsburgh Botanic Garden and the Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania are using a TogetherGreen grant to return an old mine site to nature.

Audubon View

By David Yarnold
September 04, 2012 — Audubon and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are teaming up to protect priority bird species. 

Has the Environment Become a Non-Issue in the 2012 Presidential Race?

By Bradford Plumer
August 29, 2012 — Drilling in the Arctic. Shale-gas fracking from New York to Texas. The earth heating up. And Obama and Romney nowhere to be found. 

Editor's Note

By David Seideman
August 29, 2012 — Beach battle rages on; black swifts' uncertain future; presidential candidates keep mum.

The Battle Over a North Carolina Beach Continues

By Ted Williams
August 28, 2012 — On Cape Hatteras National Seashore, a revolutionary management plan is finally putting embattled sea turtles and birds on near-equal footing with ORV drivers. But powerful interests are working hard to undo it.

Cape Hatteras's Beach Birds

By Susan Cosier
August 28, 2012 — When parts of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore get busy, the array of shorebirds using it might as well be crossing a highway.

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