Culture

Meet George Masa, the Photographer Whose Work Helped Protect the Great Smoky Mountains

Meet George Masa, the Photographer Whose Work Helped Protect the Great Smoky Mountains

— A Japanese-born immigrant, Masa wasn’t allowed to become a U.S. citizen—but he played an important role in the establishment of America’s most-visited national park.
Meet Susan Fenimore Cooper, America’s First Recognized Female Nature Writer

Meet Susan Fenimore Cooper, America’s First Recognized Female Nature Writer

— In 1850, Cooper anonymously published a book whose call for conservation won praise from Charles Darwin. It was largely forgotten—until recently.
The Audubon Mural Project Adds Trumpeter Swans to its Uptown Flock

The Audubon Mural Project Adds Trumpeter Swans to its Uptown Flock

— A stunning mosaic created by artists Carlos Pinto and John Sear turns recycled materials into an unforgettable wall.
Seven Reading Recommendations From Audubon Editors

Seven Reading Recommendations From Audubon Editors

— Some of our favorite books—old and new—for birders and nature lovers to curl up with this holiday season
Everything You Need to Know About Buying Ethically Sourced Down Products

Everything You Need to Know About Buying Ethically Sourced Down Products

— A growing number of brands are prioritizing the welfare of the birds that supply the feathers stuffed into items like jackets, comforters, and pillows.
A Bestselling but Nearly Forgotten Writer's Life Offers Lessons for the Winter Ahead

A Bestselling but Nearly Forgotten Writer's Life Offers Lessons for the Winter Ahead

— Homebound by illness and grief, Ada Clapham Govan found healing and a new direction by observing her backyard birds.
 Rulers of the Upper Realm, Thunderbirds Are Powerful Native Spirits

Rulers of the Upper Realm, Thunderbirds Are Powerful Native Spirits

— Also known as Thunderers or Thunderbeings, the bird-like spirits’ particular attributes and stories can vary by tribe and even family line.
On the Alaska Coast, Native Women Are Reviving a Cozy Tradition

On the Alaska Coast, Native Women Are Reviving a Cozy Tradition

— The Yup’ik art of sewing feather-lined parkas for babies was nearly lost after the government outlawed the spring waterfowl hunt. Luckily, a centenarian Elder remembered how it’s done.
For These Cree First Nations, Canada Geese Are Central to Cultural Revival

For These Cree First Nations, Canada Geese Are Central to Cultural Revival

— In Northern Canada, Indigenous traditions surrounding the annual waterfowl hunt have stayed resilient to challenges.
Its Heyday Long Past, Wildlife Wood Carving Looks to Broaden Its Appeal

Its Heyday Long Past, Wildlife Wood Carving Looks to Broaden Its Appeal

— Competitions are getting scarce. Crowds are dwindling. Collectors are dying out. Can this American art form survive?