Audubon MagazineSummer 2019


Scientists Race to Uncover the Secrets of Madagascar’s Treasure-Filled Forests

The rediscovery of a long-lost duck spurred the creation of two protected areas in the country. Now researchers are scouring these spots for other endemic species before it's too late.

As the Rockies Melt, This Rare Nesting Bird Will Have Nowhere to Go

In Wyoming, the Black Rosy-Finch, one of the continent’s least-known, least-accessible birds, may prove a bellwether for a retreating alpine ecosystem—if an intrepid scientist can track its numbers.
Audubon Photography Awards

The 2019 Audubon Photography Awards: Top 100

By Lexi Krupp
July 18, 2019 — Prepare to be delighted by the variety of birdlife and the story behind each stunning image.

Arizonans Are Helping a Desert Warbler Expand Its Housing Options

By María Inés Taracena
July 16, 2019 — A DIY nest box program run by Tucson Audubon provides new living quarters for Lucy's Warblers. The key, though, is to land the perfect shape.

After Five Years, the Sagebrush Songbird Survey Ends on a High Note

By Wudan Yan
July 16, 2019 — Almost 300 community scientists collected valuable data about the health of this hallowed habitat and its residents.

Birds Are Living Proof That ‘Forever Chemicals’ Pollute Our Water Supplies

By Purbita Saha
July 16, 2019 — Decades of studies show avian eggs and tissues are chock-full of widely used PFAS. Now officials are finally taking action for public health.

Seabird Experts Turn to Algorithms to Help Keep Fishing Boats in Line

By Jillian Mock
July 15, 2019 — A new machine-learning system for tracking vessel activity could provide relief for albatrosses in harm's way.

These Knit Birds Are Helping to Move the Needle on Conservation

By Clara Chaisson
July 15, 2019 — Nicky Fijalkowska's quirky odes to wildlife now inspire others to protect it.
Illustrated Aviary

Reimagining the Wood Duck

By Julie Leibach
July 12, 2019 — Returning to her roots, illustrator Melinda Beck gives new life to the waterfowl’s stunning plumage.

These Photos Reveal the Pollination Secrets of Florida’s Most Elusive Flower

By Jillian Mock
July 11, 2019 — Despite extensive efforts, nobody had ever definitively documented the pollination of the ghost orchid, a mysterious plant that grows in the towering trees of the Everglades—until now.
Audubon View

How to Be a Super Advocate

By David Yarnold
July 11, 2019 — Turn your love of birds into a powerful force of good.
Letter From the Editor

Birds Rely on Native Plants, and Our Photos Should Reflect That

By Jennifer Bogo
July 11, 2019 — If images only show avian species, you’re leaving out the bigger picture.
Audubon Photography Awards

The 2019 Audubon Photography Awards: Winners

By The Editors
July 11, 2019 — Get ready to be amazed by this year's selection of eye-popping images.

Grazing Like It’s 1799: How Ranchers Can Bring Back Grassland Birds

By Hannah Waters
July 10, 2019 — A new ranching generation is taking cues from historical bison herds to help prairies, wildlife, and their businesses survive the next century.

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