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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.
A Hat Tip to the Women Who Started Modern Bird Conservation in the U.S.

A Hat Tip to the Women Who Started Modern Bird Conservation in the U.S.

— A New York Historical Society exhibit reveals how fashion propelled one of the first great conservation movements.
The Woods Are My Safe Haven—But That's Not True for Everyone

The Woods Are My Safe Haven—But That's Not True for Everyone

— The hit TV show “Atlanta” offers a reminder that one black person's paradise can be another one's terror.
What It's Like to Hold a Baby Penguin

What It's Like to Hold a Baby Penguin

— Discover the adorable details in this excerpt from “Penguins in the Desert.”
Win a Copy of the Murder Mystery, "A Shimmer of Hummingbirds"

Win a Copy of the Murder Mystery, "A Shimmer of Hummingbirds"

— In the newly released book, detective Domenic Jejeune goes on an exotic birding trip to hunt down his brother's killer.
Why I Use Comics to Share My Love of Birds and Science

Why I Use Comics to Share My Love of Birds and Science

— Rosemary Mosco, creator of the comic “Bird and Moon,” on how humor, animals, and cartoons are a natural fit.
On the Hunt for Hundreds of Rare Birds Stolen From a Museum

On the Hunt for Hundreds of Rare Birds Stolen From a Museum

— Writer Kirk Johnson accidentally becomes part of the search for the pilfered specimens in this excerpt from the “The Feather Thief."
Inside Reality Star Spencer Pratt’s Hummingbird Empire

Inside Reality Star Spencer Pratt’s Hummingbird Empire

— Almost a decade after “The Hills,” the Los Angeles native has found a new fan base in the hundreds of hummers that visit his decked-out home.
Sirens of Greek Myth Were Bird-Women, Not Mermaids

Sirens of Greek Myth Were Bird-Women, Not Mermaids

— A new translation of Homer’s Odyssey corrects the record: The Sirens' seductive power lies with their otherworldly, avian knowledge.