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With Legal Pot, California Faces a Barrage of New (and Old) Environmental Problems

With Legal Pot, California Faces a Barrage of New (and Old) Environmental Problems

— Cleaning up poisons killing Northern Spotted Owls is just one challenge the state faces. A conservation fund built from cannabis taxes could help.
Video: Watch (and Hear) Two Bitterns Getting Weird in a Rice Field

Video: Watch (and Hear) Two Bitterns Getting Weird in a Rice Field

— Mindful conservation on California rice farms creates homes for wetland birds, while also providing a rare chance to study them.
Hear the Robin's Intricate Evening Song Slowed Down

Hear the Robin's Intricate Evening Song Slowed Down

— As dusk approaches, these thrushes get much more musical.
We Should Definitely Call Pigeons “Rock Doves” Again

We Should Definitely Call Pigeons “Rock Doves” Again

— An official proposal would change the Rock Pigeon's name back to its previous, more dignified moniker. That's a sensational idea.
To Photograph Nesting Puffins, Belly Crawl

To Photograph Nesting Puffins, Belly Crawl

— Getting up close to these birds can be thrilling, but you've got to be careful.
Hummingbird Gorgets: Jewels of the Sky

Hummingbird Gorgets: Jewels of the Sky

— The glittering, colorful feathers on the throats of male hummingbirds help them attract mates and defend territory. Here's how they work, up-close.
What a Fateful Expedition to Alaska 100 Years Ago Can Teach Us Today

What a Fateful Expedition to Alaska 100 Years Ago Can Teach Us Today

— In his new book "Tip of the Iceberg," Mark Adams explores glaciers, climate change, and a defining moment for turn-of-the-century conservation.
In ‘American Animals,’ Audubon’s Art Is a Source of Obsession, Greed, and Infamy

In ‘American Animals,’ Audubon’s Art Is a Source of Obsession, Greed, and Infamy

— To the director and one of the real-life perpetrators of the new crime film, “Birds of America” is more than just a plot point.
A Rare Copy of Audubon’s ‘Birds of America’ Heads to Auction to Benefit Conservation

A Rare Copy of Audubon’s ‘Birds of America’ Heads to Auction to Benefit Conservation

— The four-volume masterpiece could raise $8-12 million, potentially setting a record value for John James Audubon's crowning achievement.
The Common Nighthawk Is the Cool City Bird You’ve Been Missing

The Common Nighthawk Is the Cool City Bird You’ve Been Missing

— Here's how to find out if one's nesting by you—and what to do if one isn't.