Audubon MagazineSummer 2020

Audubon Photography Awards

The 2020 Audubon Photography Awards: Winners and Honorable Mentions

This year's top shots delight with dazzling colors and fresh perspectives.

The Parrot King

Over the past 14 years, Martin Guth has built a monopoly on some of the world's rarest birds. Will his secretive organization ultimately help the parrots—or push to them closer to extinction?
From Audubon Magazine

A New Plastic Wave Is Coming to Our Shores

By Zoë Schlanger
July 29, 2020 — A glut of natural gas has led to a U.S. production surge in tiny plastic pellets, called nurdles, that are washing up on coasts by the millions.

Three Ways You Can Do Bird Science From Your Couch

By Jason G. Goldman
July 21, 2020 — Researchers could use birders' sharp eyes to help with these digital community-science projects.

How Nature Journaling Can Make You a Better Birder

By John Muir Laws
July 16, 2020 — If you find yourself losing interest in common birds, it might be time to start appreciating them in a new way.

Birding by Ear Can Be Challenging, But There’s Help at Hand

By Priyanka Runwal
July 15, 2020 — Looking to learn bird songs? Here are some courses and tools to guide you no matter your skill level.

Meet the Dipper, North America's Only Aquatic Songbird

By Alisa Opar
July 15, 2020 — A photographer spent years on rushing streams in the Rocky Mountains documenting the remarkable American Dipper.

How to Make a Comic About Birds

By Rosemary Mosco
July 14, 2020 — Rosemary Mosco, creator of ‘Bird and Moon,’ shares tips and techniques for turning a funny idea into a cartoon.

Learn to Draw Birds with David Sibley

By David Allen Sibley
July 13, 2020 — The simple act of drawing can change the way you look at the world—and the way you understand birds. Get started with this video series.

Finally, a Bird-Themed Spotify Playlist (No, It's Not a Bunch of Bird Calls)

By Alisa Opar
July 13, 2020 — It's no coincidence that the avian-themed songs on biologist Amanda Gallinat's playlist echo the order of a field guide.
Field Notes

How Protecting Habitats Could Help Prevent Future Pandemics

By Kat McGowan
July 13, 2020 — Wildlife health is not separate from our own. To forestall new infectious "spillover" events, experts are looking to familiar conservation tools.
Letter From the Editor

The Surreal Challenge of Making a Magazine During an Unthinkable Spring

By Jennifer Bogo
July 13, 2020 — Creating our summer issue meant balancing the desire for escape with a deeper need to face the moment.
Audubon Photography Awards

The 2020 Audubon Photography Awards: Top 100

By The Editors
July 13, 2020 — Take a scroll through this year's spectacular, artistic, and playful avian images, while reading the story behind each.
Illustrated Aviary

Reimagining the Tufted Puffin

By Julie Leibach
July 12, 2020 — Angela Haseltine Pozzi's nonprofit turns litter from Oregon beaches into 'beautiful and horrifying' sculptures of wildlife harmed by plastic pollution.
Audubon View

Vote Your Audubon Values This November

By David Yarnold
July 12, 2020 — If you want a country where birds and people thrive, support candidates who will deliver on their promises for a better future—for everyone.
Field Notes

Can There Be a Green and Just Economic Recovery From the Pandemic?

By Amy Westervelt
July 12, 2020 — As politicians and the fossil fuel industry seek to restore a status quo, the course chosen now will dictate our climate future.
Field Notes

It's Time to Build a Truly Inclusive Outdoors

By Corina Newsome
June 16, 2020 — As the nation continues to confront racism, the birding community must embrace difficult conversations.

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