Audubon Magazine September-October 2012

Blood in Leeches Helps Save Species

Researchers are using genetic material from unconventional sources to better understand species’ populations and ranges. 

Improving Stopover Habitat for Birds

A joint effort between Audubon and The Nature Conservancy aims to improve rest stops for migrating songbirds.

Green Guru: Do We Need Satellites?

The number of earth-monitoring satellites directly affects our ability to see our changing planet.

A walkingstick Photograph by Frans Lanting/Corbis

Earth Almanac

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

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. 

A hunk of hematite. This image is one of many that feature specimens from Philadelphia's Academy of Natural Sciences and appear in the book A Glorious Enterprise. Photograph by Rosamond Purcell

Faux Feathers: Incredible Hunk of Hematite Mimics Bird Wing

An arresting photograph blurs the lines between animal and mineral. 

A Palm Tree Paradise in Maui

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

From organic agriculture to nutrition programs, the Farm Bill covers a range of subjects. 

Cooper's hawk. Johann Schumacher

Audubon Guide to Hawk Watching

Ten awesome places to catch one of nature's greatest spectacles.

The Pittsburgh Botanic Garden and the Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania are using a TogetherGreen grant to turn this old mine into a conservationist’s dream. Photography courtesy of the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden

From Coal Mine to Botanic Garden

The Pittsburgh Botanic Garden and the Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania are using a TogetherGreen grant to return an old mine site to nature.

Greater sage-grouse. Photograph by Rick A. Brown

Audubon View

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?

Drilling in the Arctic. Shale-gas fracking from New York to Texas. The earth heating up. And Obama and Romney nowhere to be found. 

An anti-Audubon decal created by Carolina Bumper Stickers.

Editor's Note

Beach battle rages on; black swifts' uncertain future; presidential candidates keep mum.

The Battle Over a North Carolina Beach Continues

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.

Piping plover Photograph by David Speiser

Cape Hatteras's Beach Birds

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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