Audubon Magazine Winter 2020

News

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

The Arctic is warming faster than anywhere on Earth, and clouds may be key. Photographs by Esther Horvath capture an extreme scientific mission.

A recently built central tidal channel, and elevated marsh mounds along its length, will become habitat for birds, fish, and mammals. Luciane Coletti
Climate

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

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.

This pair of Florida Scrub-Jays could help boost the genetic diversity of a struggling population in the Sunshine State. Carlton Ward
Conservation

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

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 exam will determine whether a Maine loon (captured at night, when it’s easier) is a candidate for transfer. Jesse Costa/WBUR
Conservation

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

New recovery techniques have helped the iconic waterbirds nest in the state's glacial lakes for the first time in more than a century.

A nuthatch is equipped with a tracking device before it is released into the woodlands in Mark Twain National Forest. Noppadol Paothong/Missouri Department of Conservation
Conservation

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

An effort to restore the region's historic woodlands is showing signs of success. Now conservationists hope to reestablish the long-gone songbirds.

The San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area protects one of the river’s few stretches that stay wet year-round and is part of a critical corridor for desert wildlife. Ash Ponders
From Audubon Magazine

New Perils Threaten to Destroy an Embattled Desert Haven for Birds

Advocates have long fended off proposals that would deplete Arizona's San Pedro River, but today's threats add up to a daunting challenge.

Employees at Raptor Education Group, Inc. examine an immature Bald Eagle exhibiting symptoms characteristic of Wisconsin River eagle syndrome. She died soon after; it isn’t yet known if the disease was to blame. Tom Lynn
News

What Is Killing Wisconsin's Bald Eagles?

For 25 years researchers struggled to find the culprit behind a mysterious illness plaguing eagles around the Wisconsin River. Finally, a clue emerges.

Barn Swallow. Melissa Groo
From Audubon Magazine

We Have Work to Do

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

Illustrating this familiar bird was part of artist Luke Swinson's exploration of his Indigenous roots.

A February 2020 photo shows one of the saguaro cacti destroyed at Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument to make way for the border wall. Laiken Jordahl
News

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

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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