Audubon MagazineSummer 2021

Elizabeth Gray bands a female Redwinged Blackbird during her graduate field studies.
Audubon View

I'm Proud To Be Part of Your Flock

An introduction to Elizabeth Gray, the first woman to hold the title president or CEO at Audubon.
Get Outside

How a Land Acknowledgment Can Correct Stereotypes of American History

Here's how to properly recognize Indigenous people and the land we've stewarded for millennia.

How to Catch a Rat

By Elena Passarello
July 14, 2021 — In 2019 a Mexican island that harbors 95 percent of the world’s Black-vented Shearwaters received an unwanted vermin visitor. To nab the interloper, Isla Natividad’s human inhabitants had to get creative.
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The Quest for 'Lost' Birds Delivers Highs and Lows

By Rachel Fritts
July 13, 2021 — Thousands of species exist in a liminal space of conservation—they haven't been seen in a long time, but that doesn't mean they are extinct. Groups hope to crowdsource more rediscoveries.
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Lax Pesticide Policies Are Putting Wildlife Health at Risk, Experts Warn

By Lynne Peeples
July 13, 2021 — Scientists and advocates say neonicotinoids—shown to harm bees, birds, and other wildlife—need tougher regulation. The U.S. EPA has a key window to take action in the next year.
American Avocet by Phil Wheeler
Illustrated Aviary

Reimagining the American Avocet

By Julie Leibach
July 13, 2021 — Phil Wheeler uses repeating patterns to unite a hungry wader with otherworldly terrain.
Letter From the Editor

Conservation Photography Is About More Than Pretty Pictures

By Jennifer Bogo
July 13, 2021 — Even some photos that can’t be captured tell a powerful story.
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These Student-Led Audubon College Clubs Are About Much More than Birding

By Jillian Mock
July 07, 2021 — When the pandemic upended college life, the resilient young people leading a new network of on-campus Audubon chapters didn’t let canceled plans and remote learning derail their mission.
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How Farmers In New England Make Hay for Bobolinks

By Lisa W. Foderaro
July 07, 2021 — Grassland birds in the Northeast face growing pressures. Programs that pay farmers to help them offer both a boost.
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The Violent Cost of Conservation

By Tom Clynes
July 07, 2021 — Each year more people die while attempting to protect the world’s most biodiverse places. It’s a trend poised to devastate the planet itself. How can we stem the rising tide of attacks to ensure a safer future for us all?
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This Ambitious Project Aims to Rebuild Louisiana's Vanishing Coastal Wetlands

By Sara Sneath
July 07, 2021 — An influx of Mississippi River sediment promises to provide vital bird habitat and hurricane protection, but not without disrupting livelihoods.

How To Become a Better Bird Photographer: Advice From Audubon Photo Award Winners

By Jessica Leber
July 07, 2021 — Go from beginner to award winner by following these strategies from alumni of our annual bird photography contest.
Audubon Photography Awards

The 2021 Audubon Photography Awards: Winners and Honorable Mentions

By The Editors
July 07, 2021 — The finest images and videos from this year's competition showed birdlife at its most tranquil, clever, and powerful.

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