Audubon Magazine Summer 2019

Audubon Photography Awards

The 2019 Audubon Photography Awards: Top 100

Prepare to be delighted by the variety of birdlife and the story behind each stunning image.


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

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

Decades of studies show avian eggs and tissues are chock-full of widely used PFAS. Now officials are finally taking action for public health.

A fisher off the coast of Argentina checks a scare line that keeps foraging birds from getting snagged on hooks. Leo Tamini/Albatross Task Force Argentina

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

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

Nicky Fijalkowska's quirky odes to wildlife now inspire others to protect it.


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.

A male feeds its five demanding chicks. Ronan Donovan

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.

Illustrated Aviary

Reimagining the Wood Duck

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

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

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

If images only show avian species, you’re leaving out the bigger picture.


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

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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