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Is the Mothman of West Virginia an Owl?

Is the Mothman of West Virginia an Owl?

— More than 50 years after the first sighting, the best explanation for the infamous cryptid might be a nocturnal bird of prey. Audubon investigates.
On the Job With the Tower of London's Ravenmaster

On the Job With the Tower of London's Ravenmaster

— In his remarkable new memoir, Christopher Skaife tells of the birds and the humble beginnings that have defined his eminent role in England.
Big-City Birding Is Hotter Than Ever

Big-City Birding Is Hotter Than Ever

— The Urban Birder gives us the scoop on the budding movement and all the unlikely places you should be looking for birds in.
The Audubon Mural Project Paints a Milestone 100 Species

The Audubon Mural Project Paints a Milestone 100 Species

— Marrying public art and climate change, six new species become ambassadors for conservation on the streets of northern Manhattan.
On Emu Pies, Riot Birds, and Roughing the Australian Outback

On Emu Pies, Riot Birds, and Roughing the Australian Outback

— In her intimate new book “How to Be a Good Creature,” Sy Montgomery finds the confluence between humanity and wildness.
Reimagining the Great Horned Owl

Great Horned Owl

— Animator Christoph Niemann brings new life to his tool in a mixed-media rendition of a raptor.
Are These Quirky Comics Launching a New Generation of Bird Enthusiasts?

Are These Quirky Comics Launching a New Generation of Bird Enthusiasts?

— From an anxious pigeon to philosophical sparrows, birds star in several popular Instagram comics that explore life's ups and downs.
How Starlings Spoke for the Gods in Ancient Rome

How Starlings Spoke for the Gods in Ancient Rome

— Religious leaders interpreted the shapes of these birds' murmurations to see if the gods gave, or withheld, their approval.
A Biologist's Bittersweet Return to See the Birds She Helped Save

A Biologist's Bittersweet Return to See the Birds She Helped Save

— Alisa Esposito made it her mission to protect Purple Martins from deadly collisions on a North Carolina bridge. When personal tragedy struck, the birds helped her through the ordeal.
The Surprising Connection Between the Kirtland's Warbler and the Birding World's Most Famous Murderer

The Surprising Connection Between the Kirtland's Warbler and the Birding World's Most Famous Murderer

— This 90-year-old specimen at the Chicago Field Museum seems like any other—until you learn its twisted backstory.
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