Audubon Magazine Winter 2016

Brown Kiwi chick. Jim Jenkins/Smithsonian's National Zoo
From Audubon Magazine

How Baby Kiwis in Virginia Will Help Preserve an Ancient Maori Tradition

At the Smithsonian's world-class breeding center, conservationists are working to preserve a beloved New Zealand bird and culture.

Gear

5 Essentials for Birding in the Tropics

When you want to add exotic birds to your life list, pack light.

Illustrated Aviary

American Goldfinch

Cultural icon Tony Fitzpatrick blends folk art with his bird obsession.

From Audubon Magazine

6 Nearby Tropical Birding Hotspots to Escape to This Winter

An incredible array of avian life is a short plane ride away.

Black Vultures perch on oil pipelines near Yasuní National Park, Ecuador. Neil Ever Osborne
Investigation

As Oil Companies Dig Into Yasuní National Park, Ecuadorians Are Fighting Back

Considered the most biodiverse place in the world, the Yasuní is in danger of being ruined through the exploitation of its natural resources. And time is running out to save it.

A feather on the beach is a rare sight these days on Seahorse Key, a sun-drenched Florida island where 20,000 colonial birds once comprised the largest rookery on the state’s Gulf Coast. Melissa Lyttle
Dispatch

The Mystery of Seahorse Key's Missing Bird Colony Veers Into Strange Territory

Russian submarines? Black-ops helicopters? Vigilante sheepdogs? Cannibal snakes? Weird theories abound for the causes of the baffling case.

True Crime

Behind the Scenes With the World’s Top Feather Detective

As the country’s only criminal forensic ornithologist, Pepper Trail has pieced together the demise of countless birds—and saved many others.

Flock Together

An Annual Rescue Mission to Free Northern Gannets Tangled in Plastic Trash

Without human intervention, dozens of the magnificent seabirds would starve to death at their nesting site each year.

A Whooping Crane offers an insect to its hatchling in Wood Buffalo National Park, Canada. Klaus Nigge/National Geographic Creative
Audubon View

A Call for Hope

When you protect birds, you protect the planet. And each one of us has the power to make things better for birds.

Northern Hawk Owl. Paul Bannick
Tips And How-Tos

Let a Pro Teach You How to Take Great Owl Photos

Paul Bannick has spent a decade photographing owls for his latest book. Here’s why he loves them—and what he’s learned.

Hundreds of activists packed the steps of a court in Eugene, Oregon, in March to rally with the 21 plaintiffs in the Our Children's Trust lawsuit. Robin Loznak
News

Historic Climate Case Led By Kids Is Headed to Trial

Twenty-one children want to hold the federal government accountable for climate change, potentially changing how we handle environmental law.

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