Audubon MagazineWinter 2020


DIY: Outdoor Holiday Decorations That Double as Delectable Treats for Birds

These wreaths, ornaments, and garland add a festive flair outside your home that your feathered neighbors are sure to appreciate.
Letter From the Editor

Birds Help Bind Us to Our Roots, and to One Another

Our winter issue illustrates how, in today’s topsy-turvy world, we would all benefit from stronger connections.

Scientists Braved the High Arctic to Chase Clouds on History’s Largest Polar Trip

By Hannah Waters
December 17, 2020 — The Arctic is warming faster than anywhere on Earth, and clouds may be key. Photographs by Esther Horvath capture an extreme scientific mission.

A Struggling California Marsh Gets an Overhaul to Prepare for Rising Seas

By Alastair Bland
December 17, 2020 — The restoration of the Sonoma Creek in the San Francisco Bay Area not only corrects problems of the past, but also looks to the future.

How Researchers Hope to Save the Florida Scrub-Jay From an Inbreeding Crisis

By Carrie Arnold
December 17, 2020 — Human development has caused the bird's gene pool to shrink. An ambitious experiment to relocate scrub-jay families could bring reprieve, while also pointing the way to preserving other threatened species.

An Innovative Effort to Return Loons to Massachusetts Hits a Major Milestone

By Cara Giaimo
December 17, 2020 — New recovery techniques have helped the iconic waterbirds nest in the state's glacial lakes for the first time in more than a century.

Brown-Headed Nuthatches Are Back in the Ozarks for the First Time in a Century

By Paola Rosa-Aquino
December 17, 2020 — An effort to restore the region's historic woodlands is showing signs of success. Now conservationists hope to reestablish the long-gone songbirds.
From Audubon Magazine

New Perils Threaten to Destroy an Embattled Desert Haven for Birds

By Noah Gallagher Shannon
December 16, 2020 — Advocates have long fended off proposals that would deplete Arizona's San Pedro River, but today's threats add up to a daunting challenge.

What Is Killing Wisconsin's Bald Eagles?

By Rachel Nuwer
December 16, 2020 — For 25 years researchers struggled to find the culprit behind a mysterious illness plaguing eagles around the Wisconsin River. Finally, a clue emerges.
From Audubon Magazine

We Have Work to Do

By David Yarnold
December 15, 2020 — There's no time to lose, so let’s move into 2021 with the energy and will to lift up all people and make the world better for birds.
Illustrated Aviary

Reimagining the Canada Goose

By Julie Leibach
December 15, 2020 — Illustrating this familiar bird was part of artist Luke Swinson's exploration of his Indigenous roots.

The Border Wall Has Been 'Absolutely Devastating' for People and Wildlife

By Lourdes Medrano
December 01, 2020 — President-elect Joe Biden's pledge to halt construction is a start, but activists say tearing down the barrier is ultimately what's needed.

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