Audubon MagazineWinter 2022

From Audubon Magazine

How Tribes Are Reclaiming and Protecting Their Ancestral Lands From Coast to Coast

Three recent examples address historic wrongs and showcase a conservation vision guided by Indigenous values.
The cupped edges and discoloration of leaves on an oak tree at an Arkansas farm are consistent with dicamba exposure.

The Weedkiller Dicamba Is Poisoning Wildlife Habitat. Will the EPA Finally Act?

Blamed for destroying crops and fraying community ties, the widely used herbicide also poses a threat to the plants birds need, experts say.

Here’s What the Inflation Reduction Act Can Do for You

By Susan Cosier
February 16, 2023 — Whether you’re a driver, a homeowner, or a renter, take advantage of the cost-saving upgrades the landmark legislation offers.
Letter From the Editor

A Familiar Ring

By Jennifer Bogo
December 16, 2022 — Even though the themes we explore don’t always change, through our reporting we can see forward movement.
Audubon View

Reflecting on a Year of Success

By Elizabeth Gray
December 16, 2022 — Audubon’s work in science, policy, advocacy, and conservation has helped create lasting change for birds and has set us up for greater impact in 2023.
A Cedar Waxwing and a Bohemian Waxwing perched on a branch, both holding a berry in their mouth.

Stylish and Social, Winter Waxwings Provide a Wonderful ID Challenge

By Ryan F. Mandelbaum
December 16, 2022 — Bohemian and Cedar Waxwings look very similar and are more likely to intermingle in the colder months. Here’s how to tell them apart.
A flock of Common Redpolls fly through a snowy field in golden sunlight.

This Year’s Bonanza of Boreal Birds Once Again Bears Out the Winter Finch Forecast

By Andy McGlashen
December 15, 2022 — As predicted, grosbeaks, crossbills, and other northern birds are on the move, visiting feeders and delighting birders. Prognosticator Tyler Hoar explains what goes into the annual projection.

Climate Advocates Want to See a More Just Transition Away from Fossil Fuels

By Alisa Opar
December 15, 2022 — While the Inflation Reduction Act promises to inject billions of dollars into frontline communities, environmental justice leaders are concerned about the bill’s support for pollution-producing energy sources.

At Last, a Real Possibility to Avoid Catastrophic Climate Change

By Eve Andrews
December 15, 2022 — After decades of minimal action, Congress passed the largest and most comprehensive piece of climate legislation in U.S. history. Will we make the most of this opportunity?

Clean Energy Isn’t Enough to Avoid the Worst Consequences of Climate Change

By Susan Cosier
December 15, 2022 — Fortunately, the Inflation Reduction Act includes support in other key areas.
Two blue Pinyon Jays sitting in a pine tree, one opening a pinecone with its beak.

The Intimate Relationship Between Pinyon Jays and Piñon Pines Is Unraveling

By Christina Selby
December 15, 2022 — Drought, beetle infestations, and warming temperatures have pushed both species into a snowballing decline. Scientists are working to revive them.
Bright green seedlings emerge from soil.

Winter Is the Time to Sow Native Seeds

By Andy McGlashen
December 15, 2022 — Growing bird-friendly plants from seed is a rewarding way to do your part.

Log On and Team Up for a Whole New Type of Big Year

By Maya Richard-Craven
December 15, 2022 — Audubon staff used eBird in 2022 for a count that emphasized collaboration over competition. Here’s how to launch your own group effort.
Mounds of stored rock salt minimize a large piece of machinery.
Field Notes

As Salt Coats Snowy Roadways In Winter, Freshwater Ecosystems Pay a Heavy Price

By Shantal Riley
December 13, 2022 — Keeping paved surfaces clear of snow and ice comes at an accumulating cost to lakes, streams, and drinking water supplies.
Field Notes

The Vibrant Colors of Hummingbirds Are More Impressive Than We’d Realized

By Marion Renault
December 13, 2022 — Scientists catalogued the hues of 114 avian species. Humans can’t see every shade, but birds can.
The Aviary

An Abundance of American Robins

By Jessica McKenzie
December 13, 2022 — Mayuko Fujino’s flock in flight celebrates a common species threatened by climate change.
Field Notes

This Artist’s Paint-Swatch Portraits Reveal the Beauty of Bird Plumage

By Marion Renault
December 13, 2022 — With time on his hands, Christopher Reiger found a colorful way to depict a rich variety of birds.
Standing in a meadow of yellow goldenrod Lang Elliot listens for bird calls with a headset on.
Field Notes

A New App Brings Birdsong Back to People With High-Frequency Hearing Loss

By Ashley Braun
December 13, 2022 — Hear Birds Again, an iPhone app, is only the latest in Lang Elliott’s long line of inventions to solve a challenge that affects more birders as they age.

The Flight of the Spoonbills Holds Lessons for a Changing Everglades—and World

By Hannah Waters
December 06, 2022 — As sea-level rise transforms South Florida’s fringe of wetlands into open ocean, Roseate Spoonbills are moving north. Land managers are following their lead, restoring the ecosystem with an eye for resilience, too.

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