Audubon MagazineSpring 2022

Left photo shows a close-up of a hand holding a bird with a yellow head, striped wings, and white belly. On the right, a hand holds a bird with a black-capped head and a black-and-white body.
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This Pioneering Collaboration Will Open a New Window Into Bird Migration

Pooling research from numerous international partners, Audubon's Migratory Bird Initiative promises to paint the fullest picture yet of the awe-inspiring phenomenon.
Audubon View

Where Do the Birds Go?

Audubon’s Migratory Bird Initiative has already started to find out.

The Bird Genoscape Project Aims to Unlock the Secrets in Birds’ Feathers

By Barry Yeoman
April 14, 2022 — Recent breakthroughs have allowed researchers from across the Western Hemisphere to begin building a library of avian DNA filled with insights about where birds migrate and their resilience to mounting pressures.
Letter From the Editor

Making Discoveries and Connections in a Time of Migrations

By Jennifer Bogo
April 14, 2022 — There’s much to celebrate, and still much we need to understand.
A lone wind turbine is seen in the expanse of blue ocean off the coast of Rhode Island at sunset.

Off the East Coast, a Massive Network of Wind Turbines Is Coming—Along With New Risks for Migrating Birds

By Kathryn Miles
April 14, 2022 — Species journeying over the Atlantic Ocean will soon have to navigate wind farms. But without clean energy, their futures are more imperiled.
Snow Geese lift off at sunrise in the vicinity of the Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area, a stop on their spring migration.
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How Migrating Snow Geese Helped Stretch My Perspective

By Jessica Leber
April 14, 2022 — The seasonal movements of birds have captivated humans for millennia. Now we know enough about their flights to make surprising connections.

A Matter of Timing: Can Birds Keep Up With Earlier and Earlier Springs?

By Scott Weidensaul
April 13, 2022 — The seasons are changing as the planet warms. Some migratory species may break under the strain—but others could surprise us.
The Aviary

Flying Gardens of Maybe

By Jessica McKenzie
April 13, 2022 — Artist Andrew S. Yang coaxes new life from seeds that bird-strike victims consumed, turning dead ends into second chances.
From Audubon Magazine

To Experience Migration in a New Way, Check Out a Bird Banding Station

By Jenny McKee
April 13, 2022 — Visiting or volunteering at one of these sites can provide up-close avian encounters and a chance to contribute to valuable data collection.
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The Many Styles of Bird Migration Are More Varied Than You Think

By Lauren Leffer
April 13, 2022 — It's the journey, not the destination.
Sandhill Cranes. In the 1680s, English minister and educator Charles Morton theorized that birds migrate to the moon for the winter.

A Brief History of How Scientists Have Learned About Bird Migration

By Rebecca Heisman
April 13, 2022 — Researchers today can follow birds' paths as they fly thousands of miles. But it wasn't always that way. Scroll through more than two centuries of advances in understanding this natural wonder.
Audubon in Action

Philadelphia Darkens Its Skyline to Protect Migrating Birds

By Carlyn Kranking
April 13, 2022 — Spurred by a mass collision event, Audubon chapters and partners lead a Lights Out program during spring and fall migration.

Seven Ways to Make Your Home More Bird-Friendly

By The Editors
April 11, 2022 — From your windows to what plants you grow, there are many ways to make your sanctuary a safe place for avian visitors.
Clockwise from top left: Ana González retrieves a geolocator from a Swainson's Thrush in Colombia; Vilma Karelia Marín Laguna with her mother; Francis Taroc shows a photo of his parents; Sherry Williams at the Bronzeville Historical Society in Chicago.
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The Paths We Take

April 11, 2022 — Migration is a journey that has long shaped human and avian existence. Meet four people whose lives and work reflect those close connections.
A nocturnal European Nightjar may time its migration to the lunar cycle, as data from a bird tagged in 2017 helped reveal. Photo: Aron Hejdstrom/Centre for Animal Movement Research at Lund University
From Audubon Magazine

How Birds Perform Amazing Migratory Feats—and the Mysteries That Remain

By Jillian Mock
April 08, 2022 — We tackle some of your most frequently asked questions about migration.
A bright yellow Prothonotary Warbler emerges from a cavity in a mossy cypress knee, a woody structure that grows near the base of a cypress tree.
Behind the Shot

To Protect Her Subjects, a Photographer Chooses Patience Over Playback

By Carlyn Kranking
April 08, 2022 — Kelley Luikey wants birders and shutterbugs to recognize that playing recorded songs can stress vulnerable birds.
From Audubon Magazine

Welcome to the Dark Side: Your Guide to Nocturnal Migration Birding

By Jason Gregg
April 04, 2022 — Here’s everything you need to join a growing DIY community where the action heats up when the sun goes down.

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