Audubon Magazine Summer 2017


Windows into Another World: Take a Tour of Bird Blinds Across the Country

What compels birders to hunker down in dark, often cramped structures? An intimate view of avian lives. But as with birds, every blind has its own character—and story.

By torching brush at Indian Ridge Marsh in Chicago, Audubon Great Lakes and its partners are clearing the way for a new, more bird-filled landscape. Joshua Lott
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In Chicago, Controlled Fires Are Helping to Restore Crucial Bird Habitat

The burns, conducted by Audubon Great Lakes and others, stave off invasive plants while spurring new growth at sites across the region.


The 'Smart Nest Box' Provides a Peek Into the Secret Lives of Birds

The high-tech nesting boxes catch feathered families on camera for science, education, and pure entertainment.


How Genetically Modified Mice Could One Day Save Island Birds

CRISPR, a new gene-editing technology, has the potential to help scientists combat invasive predators. But is tinkering with nature worth the risk?

Rock Pigeon chick. Andrew Garn

A Close Look at the Early (and Awkward) Days of Baby City Birds

As captured by a New York City photographer and wildlife-rehab volunteer.

A colony of Dovekies at their cliffside nesting spot on the west coast of Svalbard. Florian Schulz/

The Dovekie, a Keystone Arctic Species, Is Changing Its Diet With the Climate

Feeding shifts are helping the seabird survive warming oceans and preserve a reliant tundra ecosystem—at least in the short term.

Flock Together

The Busy Life of Bob the Flamingo

Once badly injured, the recovered bird now teaches residents of Curaçao about the importance of conservation.


Teddy or Not? How Ryan Zinke Is Failing American Conservation

By falling short of his Rooseveltian rhetoric, the Interior Secretary is endangering his department's (and his self-proclaimed idol's) legacy.

Illustrated Aviary

American Flamingo

Artist Dan Winters turns the lanky wader into a 'creature of lore.'

Canoers navigate through a wetland in the central Everglades. Mac Stone
Audubon View

Politicians Are Offering a False Choice Between Nature and the Economy

Protecting birds and the environment doesn’t have to come at the cost of economic health and growth.

Before Audubon magazine became Audubon, it was Bird Lore, a hallowed space for the likes of great nature writers such as Edward Abbey and Roger Tory Peterson. Seventy years later we continue that journalistic excellence and tradition. Ambika Singh
Letter From The Editor

Audubon Remains Dedicated to Practicing Journalism You Can Trust

Our commitment to rigorous reporting stretches back more than a century—and far into the future.

Gentoo Penguins. Deborah Albert/Audubon Photography Awards
Audubon Photography Awards

The 2017 Audubon Photography Awards Winners

Congratulations to the champions—and to all those who strive to share the beauty of birds.

From Audubon Magazine

In the Arid West, Protecting Oases Vital to Birds Requires Creative Solutions

Like people, birds depend on water, relying on it during migration, breeding, and nesting. But increasing pressures on already scarce Western waters have put birds and other wildlife in a perilous situation.

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