Audubon Magazine Spring 2022

Audubon View

Where Do the Birds Go?

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

Letter From The Editor

Making Discoveries and Connections in a Time of Migrations

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.
Climate

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

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.
From Audubon Magazine

How Migrating Snow Geese Helped Stretch My Perspective

The seasonal movements of birds have captivated humans for millennia. Now we know enough about their flights to make surprising connections.

Climate

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

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

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

Visiting or volunteering at one of these sites can provide up-close avian encounters and a chance to contribute to valuable data collection.

Sandhill Cranes. In the 1680s, English minister and educator Charles Morton theorized that birds migrate to the moon for the winter.
Science

A Brief History of How Scientists Have Learned About Bird Migration

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.

From Audubon Magazine

The Many Styles of Bird Migration Are More Varied Than You Think

It's the journey, not the destination.

From Audubon Magazine

Philadelphia Darkens Its Skyline to Protect Migrating Birds

Spurred by a mass collision event, Audubon chapters and partners lead a Lights Out program during spring and fall migration.

News

Make Your Home More Bird-Friendly

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.
From Audubon Magazine

The Paths We Take

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

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

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

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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