A Cedar Waxwing and a Bohemian Waxwing perched on a branch, both holding a berry in their mouth.

Stylish and Social, Winter Waxwings Provide a Wonderful ID Challenge

Bohemian and Cedar Waxwings look very similar and are more likely to intermingle in the colder months. Here’s how to tell them apart.
A man walks down a grassy trail in a field, towards a forested area. There is a railing made of rope to one side. We see the man from behind, and he has his hands on a rope.

Birding As a Blind Person Is Now Easier in Colombia, Thanks to a Tourism Project

The unique effort, consisting of six trails and trained guides, is a showcase for ideas that make birds and nature more accessible.

‘Like Finding a Unicorn’: Researchers Rediscover the Black-Naped Pheasant-Pigeon, a Bird Lost to Science for 140 Years

A successful expedition in Papua New Guinea captured photos and video of the chicken-size pigeon, highlighting the value of local ecological knowledge as scientists seek out other long-missing species.

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Holiday Gift Guide

Perfect Gifts for the Bird and Nature Lovers in Your Life

By The Editors
November 20, 2023 — Whether novice or expert, backyard birder or a globetrotting adventurer, we’ve got something for everyone on your list. Better yet: For many of these products, their purchase also benefits bird habitat.
Two adult albatrosses tend to a fuzzy chick in its nest.

A Single Mexican Island May Be Our Best Hope for Saving Black-footed Albatrosses

By Kathryn Miles
November 18, 2023 — To secure the future of the imperiled seabirds, scientists are transporting eggs from Hawaii to Mexico, where Laysan Albatross foster parents await.
From Audubon Magazine

As Stands of Whitebark Pine Disappear, Could the Clark's Nutcracker Soon Follow?

By Mara Grunbaum
November 18, 2023 — An intrepid researcher faces steep odds as she attempts to study nutcrackers in the Cascade Mountains. But the birds—and the singular trees they help sustain—are too important for her not to persist.
From the Magazine

The Bone-eating Bearded Vulture Is Reclaiming Europe’s Skies

By April Reese
November 17, 2023 — Once widely persecuted, the majestic scavenger is making a remarkable rebound in Europe, but new threats could undermine a full recovery.
From Audubon Magazine

The Power, Limits, and Evolving Uses of the Endangered Species Act

By Paige Curtis
November 17, 2023 — Close to 1,700 animals and plants have been listed under the policy, each with its own rich, complex history. These nine case studies represent benchmark moments in the act's history.
Illustration of a prairie chicken walking on a farm with cows, a tractor, and an oil well in the background.
From Audubon Magazine

How to Fortify the Endangered Species Act for the Next 50 Years

By Rene Ebersole
November 17, 2023 — In the years ahead, flora, fauna, and the ecosystems they depend on will face many hazards, both old and new. These actions could strengthen the act’s ability to meet evolving challenges.
From Audubon Magazine

A Force of Conservation, the Endangered Species Act Faces a Fraught Future

By Rene Ebersole
November 17, 2023 — Fifty years after its passage, the powerful policy has proven effective at preventing wildlife from going extinct. Only with innovation and advocacy can it continue to do so for decades to come.
The Aviary

A Surreal Spin on An Abundant Sparrow

By Jessica McKenzie
November 16, 2023 — In “Spotted Towhee” artist Phyllis Shafer depicts a widespread bird of the West in a rapidly changing landscape.
A Ridgway’s Rail swims in a wetland, reeds and tall grass reflected in the water.
Western Water News

Cocopah Indian Tribe Secures $5.5 Million for Habitat Restoration in the Colorado River Delta

By Julia Morton
November 15, 2023 — Audubon partners with Cocopah Tribe to bring more resources to key riparian area.
Field Notes

A Beloved Winter Finch Is In Decline—and Scientists Want to Know Why

By Zoe Grueskin
November 15, 2023 — Feeder visits from Evening Grosbeaks are rarer than in the past, and a new initiative is trying to understand the root causes.