Carlyn Kranking

Reporter, Audubon Magazine

Articles by Carlyn Kranking

Bell Bowl Prairie Activists Stay Steadfast as a Rare Habitat Remains in Limbo

June 13, 2022 — With planned construction on hold, advocates are fighting fatigue and rallying support for a small but species-rich grassland in Illinois.

Better Know a Bird: the Remarkable Migration of the Secretive Sora

May 25, 2022 — You wouldn’t know it by their football-shaped bodies and awkward flight, but Soras cover more ground than any other North American rail.

Philadelphia Darkens Its Skyline to Protect Migrating Birds

April 13, 2022 — Spurred by a mass collision event, Audubon chapters and partners lead a Lights Out program during spring and fall migration.
A bright yellow Prothonotary Warbler emerges from a cavity in a mossy cypress knee, a woody structure that grows near the base of a cypress tree.

To Protect Her Subjects, a Photographer Chooses Patience Over Playback

April 08, 2022 — Kelley Luikey wants birders and shutterbugs to recognize that playing recorded songs can stress vulnerable birds.

The ‘Big Boom Theory’ That Could Help Conserve Common Nighthawks

January 14, 2022 — New research confirms that males’ wing-boom sound marks hard-to-find nesting sites—a boon for efforts to save these mysterious, declining birds.

The Rise of Billion-Dollar Disasters

January 06, 2022 — As extreme weather and climate events cause increasing devastation, people and birds are paying the price.
Dead, leafless trees stand tall within a salt marsh on Maryland's coast.

Ghost Forests Could Provide Respite for Marsh Birds as Coastal Habitat Disappears

January 05, 2022 — Scientists want to ensure that swaths of trees killed by saltwater flooding are more than dead forest, but become quality marsh habitat for birds.

These Scrappy Photos Capture the Action-Packed World Beneath a Bird Feeder

December 16, 2021 — A photographer pursues common yard wildlife from a different perspective.

10 Fun Facts About the Red-tailed Hawk

December 03, 2021 — There’s a lot to love about this familiar raptor, from its courtship acrobatics to its masterful hunting.

Warmer Oceans Raise the ‘Divorce’ Rate Among Typically Loyal Albatross Pairs

November 24, 2021 — A new study of Black-browed Albatrosses provides a reminder that climate change can affect birds in unexpected ways.