Hannah Waters

Senior Editor, Audubon magazine

Hannah Waters is a senior editor for Audubon on the climate beat.

Articles by Hannah Waters

People wearing life vests look through binoculars while sitting in canoes on a river.
The Single Most Important Way to Make Your Binoculars Last
June 30, 2023 — Experts share how to keep your foremost birding tool in working order and what to do if yours breaks.
This Wave Theory of Spring Migration Will Prepare You for Your Next Birding Outing
March 06, 2023 — Songbirds don’t leave their wintering grounds all together. Here’s when to expect different species as they cross the eastern United States.
A round globular nest made of twigs and dry grasses with a hole for entry built in a cactus in a desert landscape.
Appreciate These Magnificent Avian Nests—and the Next One You Find in the Field
March 06, 2023 — Birds build an amazing variety of nest types, and each construction is a work of art.
The Flight of the Spoonbills Holds Lessons for a Changing Everglades—and World
December 06, 2022 — As sea-level rise transforms South Florida’s fringe of wetlands into open ocean, Roseate Spoonbills are moving north. Land managers are following their lead, restoring the ecosystem with an eye for resilience, too.
A seemingly endless flock of Royal Terns, mostly white and gray birds with spiky black crests and bright orange beaks, nest in a closely-packed crowd. A single bird in the center and its tiny, fuzzy, light-colored chick look towards the camera.
The Big Tern Cheat Sheet: How to ID Four Common Species
July 01, 2022 — In summer, North America’s four largest terns are near look-alikes. With a keen eye for detail you can tell them apart.
Oldest Known Roseate Spoonbill Identified Thanks to Lucky Photograph
April 18, 2022 — After closely examining images taken by photographer Mac Stone, experts were able to identify a spoonbill banded as a chick 18 years ago.
Protesters holding signs such as "NET ZERO" completely fill and overwhelm an urban street in Glasgow, Scotland.
What Just Happened in Glasgow at the U.N. Climate Summit?
November 19, 2021 — Now there's slim hope we'll limit global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius, a long-held target to prevent catastrophe for people and birds.
Another Reason to Stop Global Warming: Save Millions from Air Pollution
November 10, 2021 — A new study underscores the scale of disease and death industrialized societies have accepted in exchange for fossil fuel energy.
Hawkwatchers gather along a ridge at Hawk Mountain Sanctuary, Pennsylvania, with binoculars, spotting scopes, and seating cushions to take in the raptor migration.
Why You Should Experience a Hawkwatch
October 05, 2021 — Laurie Goodrich has witnessed 35 fall raptor migrations. She shares why hawkwatching still excites her today.
A Red-tailed Hawk silhouette flies high in the sky above a foreground of bare tree branches. The sun glows through the birds' feathers, illuminating its reddish tail.
Look Up! An Introduction to Identifying Raptors in Flight
October 05, 2021 — When hawks and falcons stream across the sky in large numbers, you need a distinct set of birding skills to tell them apart.