Audubon MagazineWinter 2019


Could the Corvid Conservation Corps Replant a Forest After Fire?

Island Scrub-Jays are acorn-planting machines. Flying foresters might be just what today's scorched Western landscapes need.

Inside the Race to Save China's Mysterious ‘Bird of Legend’

The Chinese Crested Tern was written off as extinct decades ago. Since its rediscovery in 2000, scientists have been working to ensure that Asia’s rarest seabird keeps a firm foothold in reality.

An Alaskan Mine Threatens the Site of the World's Largest Gathering of Bald Eagles

By Genesee Keevil
February 03, 2020 — In the Chilkat Valley, eagles, bears, and people depend on healthy salmon runs. A proposed mine could put the entire ecosystem at risk.

Three Perspectives on Discovering the Mental Health Benefits of Nature

By Jill U. Adams
December 20, 2019 — The outdoors may help us focus or heal, but many grow up isolated from it.

Birding With Benefits: How Nature Improves Our Mental Mindsets

By Jill U. Adams
December 20, 2019 — Mounting scientific evidence supporting the health benefits of the outdoors is helping shape innovations in medicine, education, and more.

How to Boost Your Mindfulness and Empathy While Birding

By Jill U. Adams
December 20, 2019 — Turning your focus to nature and wildlife can help allay stress and anxiety. But always make others feel at ease, too.

Dramatic Swings in Great Lakes Water Levels Make Life Tough for Birds

By Kristine Liao
December 20, 2019 — On Wisconsin's Cat Islands and around the region, wildlife managers are working to create avian safe harbors from the climate-fueled fluctuations.

As Demand for New Technology Increases, Mining Threatens Pristine Places

By Andy McGlashen
December 20, 2019 — From smartphones to electric-car batteries, minerals are essential. Can places like Alaska's Bristol Bay survive unscathed?

Birds Saved Debi Shearwater. Is She Really Going to Call it Quits?

By Elizabeth Weil
December 20, 2019 — After 40-plus years of leading sold-out pelagic birding tours off the California coast, the trailblazing conservationist says it’s time to retire.
Illustrated Aviary

Reimagining the Great Cormorant

By Julie Leibach
December 19, 2019 — Martin Haake's collage-style design enlivens the bird's dark plumage—and gives it a fish to snack on.
Audubon View

It’s the Start of a New Year, and Time to Act

By David Yarnold
December 19, 2019 — Let’s take the momentum from 2019 and translate it to lasting change.
Letter From the Editor

When We Need Them Most, Birds and Nature Are At Our Service

By Jennifer Bogo
December 19, 2019 — The natural world holds tremendous value, in ways both expected and surprising—if only we let it.

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