From Audubon Magazine

Field Notes

A Proposed Reset for Public Lands Could Be a Big Boost to Conservation

By Andy McGlashen
October 02, 2023 — The agency responsible for one-tenth of the country’s terrain aims to make healthy habitat a more prominent priority.
Fire takes over a grassy forest floor, leaving black ash and smoke in the already burned area.

Meet the Fire Starters Restoring One of North America’s Greatest Forests

By Gabriel Popkin
October 02, 2023 — In the Southeast, the fates of longleaf pines and Red-cockaded Woodpeckers are inextricably tied. To save both, we must remember how to embrace fire.

How the War in Ukraine Takes a Devastating Toll on Nature

By Kristi Marciano
October 02, 2023 — As the collateral damage to the nation’s environment and wildlife mounts, conservationists, scientists, and birders do what they can to continue their work and help each other.
Field Notes

These Are the Seabirds Most Vulnerable to Plastic Pollution

By Jessica Leber
October 02, 2023 — As more marine plastic accumulates, the biology of some ocean-going birds puts them at particular risk. Scientists can now pinpoint which species may face the highest exposure.
A crane lowers its neck to forage in shallow water, with the rest of the flock in the background. The sunrise casts an orange glow on the foggy pond.

Don’t Sleep on the Other Sandhill Season

By Jen Monnier
October 02, 2023 — Spring may squeeze more birds into a single area, but autumn offers a cornucopia of crane-viewing options.
A woman with braids and a flower crown holds a large leaf up to her face and looks through a hole in the leaf.

Foraging Isn’t Just for the Birds

By Jenny McKee
September 30, 2023 — Harvesting wild food is a great way to deepen your native-plant know-how. Get started with help from expert and influencer Alexis Nikole Nelson.
Field Notes

Projects That Help Wildlife Navigate Highways Pick Up Speed

By Ben Goldfarb
September 29, 2023 — Simple solutions reduce road hazards to animals, and now more money is flowing to implement them.

You’ve Got What It Takes to Become a Master Naturalist

By Anna Gibbs
August 25, 2023 — Combining coursework with volunteer opportunities, these training programs are a pipeline for local conservation leaders.

A Binocular Guide for Growing Birders

By Susan Cosier
August 25, 2023 — A good pair of bins can wow kids, helping them to delight in birding. Here are five picks that make the grade.
Drawing of two black birds with yellow and white patches perched, mirroring each other, on grass blades against a star-spangled black backdrop and abstract lines.
The Aviary

A Celebration of the Bobolink's Star-Guided Migration

By Jessica McKenzie
August 23, 2023 — In her piece "I’ll See You When I Get There," artist Kirsten Furlong uses ink and acrylic to capture the birds' seemingly magical journeys.