Audubon MagazineSpring 2021

A New Golden Age of Observation Is Revealing the Wonders of Night Migration

Most migratory birds make their epic annual journeys under cover of darkness. Modern technologies are helping scientists understand the perils these nocturnal voyagers face to better protect them.

What Do We Do About John James Audubon?

The founding father of American birding soared on the wings of white privilege. The birding community and organizations that bear his name must grapple with this racist legacy to create a more just, inclusive world.

A New Book Showcases the Beauty and Grit of New York City's Wildflowers

By Kevin Johnson
March 24, 2021 — Photographer Andrew Garn reveals, in stunning detail, the diverse flora that many city dwellers may overlook but birds can't do without.

Seventy Never Looked So Good: The Long, Wondrous Life of Wisdom the Albatross

By Elena Passarello
March 24, 2021 — The Laysan Albatross is the oldest known wild bird on the planet, an international icon, and still hatching eggs. This year she had her 39th chick.

The Decades-Long Effort to Save the Masked Bobwhite Is Finally Taking Off

By Lourdes Medrano
March 22, 2021 — Once thought extinct, the critically endangered quail faces a tough recovery but appears to be gaining a foothold in southern Arizona, where foster fathers help bobwhite chicks learn to live in the wild.

Tips for Being a Responsible Bird Photographer in the Social Media Age

By Melissa Groo
March 22, 2021 — Practices to protect sensitive birds and habitat should continue after photographers and birders click the shutter.

Follow These Dos and Don’ts to Show Off Your Bird Photos on Social Media

By Gabrielle Saleh
March 22, 2021 — Half the joy in taking a bird photo is in the act of sharing it.
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Bird Song Became Softer During the Pandemic Thanks to Less Noise Pollution

By Daisy Yuhas
March 19, 2021 — The relative quiet of the past year offered a rare chance to study how birds are affected by our growing cacophony. But the silence won't last.
Audubon View

It's a New Era for Conservation

By David Yarnold
March 19, 2021 — We have an extraordinary opportunity to build a more equitable and just future while protecting birds and the places they need.
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A New Hummingbird Was Discovered In 2017. Now There's a Race to Protect It.

By Neel Dhanesha
March 19, 2021 — With its niche habitat in Ecuador under threat, the Blue-throated Hillstar was at risk from the moment it was identified.
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Why Cities are Taking Action to Limit Loud and Polluting Lawn Care

By Monica Cardoza
March 19, 2021 — Fossil-fuel powered leaf blowers spew noise and pollutants—and people working at home are noticing more.
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How the Flights of Birds Inspired a Unique Elementary Education Program

By Jessica McKenzie
March 18, 2021 — Musicians, artists, and innovators learn from avian flight. A new learn-from-home concert and curriculum brings three together to teach children during challenging times.
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Tribes Could Play a Crucial Role in Achieving a Bold New Conservation Goal

By Graham Lee Brewer
February 24, 2021 — An emerging effort to protect 30 percent of the country's land and water is an opportunity to strengthen tribal sovereignty and heed Indigenous ecological knowledge, experts say.
Illustrated Aviary

Reimagining the Blue Jay

By Julie Leibach
February 23, 2021 — Through artistic abstraction, Gizem Vural casts the oft-maligned Blue Jay in a sunny light.
Letter From the Editor

Why Audubon Magazine Turned Its Spotlight to John James Audubon

By Jennifer Bogo
February 23, 2021 — It's our job as journalists to ask tough questions, including about the life and legacy of the man behind our name.

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