Conservation

The Quest for 'Lost' Birds Delivers Highs and Lows

— Thousands of species exist in a liminal space of conservation—they haven't been seen in a long time, but that doesn't mean they are extinct. Groups hope to crowdsource more rediscoveries.

The Violent Cost of Conservation

— Each year more people die while attempting to protect the world’s most biodiverse places. It’s a trend poised to devastate the planet itself. How can we stem the rising tide of attacks to ensure a safer future for us all?

Is the Attwater's Prairie-Chicken Starting to Make a Comeback?

— The endangered subspecies has been in trouble for two decades, but recent data suggests the bird's population is booming in the wild.

Biden's Silence on Minnesota Oil Pipeline Frustrates Advocates

— Line 3, a comparable project to the canceled Keystone XL pipeline, runs counter to the president's stated climate and environmental goals.

Meet Nish and Nellie, Ohio's First Nesting Piping Plovers In 83 Years

— With a full clutch of four eggs, the pair are yet another sign of the endangered species' rebound in the Great Lakes region.

Inside the Growing Movement to Make Ecocide an International Crime

— Lawyers will take a major step this month toward putting environmental destruction on the same level as war crimes and genocide.

After Controversy, the Duck Stamp Contest May No Longer Require Hunting Scenes

— The Biden administration signaled it wants to overturn a rule change that upset artists and fueled worries about fewer dollars for protecting habitat.

A Drone Crash Caused Thousands of Elegant Terns to Abandon Their Nests

— California wildlife managers are hoping the birds relocated to other nesting sites. Meanwhile, they are working to ensure this doesn't happen again.
Greater Sage-Grouse eating sagebrush leaves. Evan Barrientos/Audubon Rockies

Cutting Trees Gives Sage-Grouse Populations a Boost, Scientists Find

— A new study in Oregon shows that removing conifers has helped the imperiled bird’s local numbers grow more quickly.

Biden Puts Arctic Refuge Oil Drilling Leases on Hold, Citing Legal Flaws

— As the Interior Department launches a new environmental review, conservation groups want Congress to change the law behind the leases.