Audubon Magazine Spring 2021

Books

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

Photographer Andrew Garn reveals, in stunning detail, the diverse flora that many city dwellers may overlook but birds can't do without.

Wisdom sits on her egg on Midway Atoll in January. She shares incubation duties with her long time mate, Akeakamai, and hunts squid and fish out at sea in her off time. Jon Brack/USFWS
News

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

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.

Sometimes chicks walk out of the box. Sometimes they run. Sometimes they erupt in an awkward, clumsy tumult of feathers. However it happens, these young birds are getting their first taste of freedom. Morgan Heim
News

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

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.

Alice Sun shares this picture of three Dunlins on Instagram  suggesting how to celebrate the Migratory Bird Day. Alice Sun
Photography

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

Half the joy in taking a bird photo is in the act of sharing it.

Great Gray Owl. Melissa Groo
Photography

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

Practices to protect sensitive birds and habitat should continue after photographers and birders click the shutter.

From Audubon Magazine

Bird Song Became Softer During the Pandemic Thanks to Less Noise Pollution

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.

Canada Geese are important to Indigenous communities in the United States and Canada. Brendan Forward
Audubon View

It's a New Era for Conservation

We have an extraordinary opportunity to build a more equitable and just future while protecting birds and the places they need.

The Blue-throated Hillstar, which is only about five inches in length, feeds on the flowers of a Chuquiraga plant in Ecuador. Murray Cooper
From Audubon Magazine

A New Hummingbird Was Discovered In 2017. Now There's a Race to Protect It.

With its niche habitat in Ecuador under threat, the Blue-throated Hillstar was at risk from the moment it was identified.

From Audubon Magazine

Why Cities are Taking Action to Limit Loud and Polluting Lawn Care

Fossil-fuel powered leaf blowers spew noise and pollutants—and people working at home are noticing more.

Common Swifts. Xavi Bou
From Audubon Magazine

How the Flights of Birds Inspired a Unique Elementary Education Program

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.

Canada Geese and other waterfowl occupy wetlands in the Badger-Two Medicine area of Montana. Members of the Blackfeet Nation hold the area sacred and are working to protect it permanently. Tony Bynum
From Audubon Magazine

Tribes Could Play a Crucial Role in Achieving a Bold New Conservation Goal

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

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

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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