Neel Dhanesha

Reporter, Audubon Magazine

Articles by Neel Dhanesha

Meet Robert A. Gilbert, a Forgotten Figure Who Worked With One of America's Most Famous Ornithologists

April 02, 2021 — A Black man from Virginia, Gilbert took thousands of photographs for William Brewster—but his contributions have mostly been lost to history.

How You Can Be an Ally Outdoors

March 19, 2021 — It’s one thing to want nature to be safe and accessible for everyone—and another to help make it so. Here are some expert tips to get started.

A New Hummingbird Was Discovered In 2017. Now There's a Race to Protect It.

March 19, 2021 — With its niche habitat in Ecuador under threat, the Blue-throated Hillstar was at risk from the moment it was identified.

10 Fun Facts About the Barred Owl

February 12, 2021 — Maniacal laughter. Pink wings. Tree climbing. This bird has a lot going on.

The Incas Were Some of the Earliest Bird Conservationists

December 11, 2020 — Seabirds and their guano were essential to the spread of the Inca Empire, and a new study details the measures it took to preserve them.

How the Race for a COVID-19 Vaccine Jeopardizes East Coast Shorebirds

November 20, 2020 — Vaccine production requires the blood of horseshoe crabs, whose eggs are a vital food source for several species, including Red Knots. A synthetic replacement for the blood exists, but the United States is stuck in the past.

Cuts to the Postal Service Threaten an Essential Tool for Conservation

September 30, 2020 — Scientists who rely on the mail to gather data and run bird studies worry about what could be lost without reliable delivery.

Can Painting Wind Turbine Blades Black Really Save Birds?

September 18, 2020 — A new study outlines a solution to the problem of wind turbine collisions. Experts say it’s promising, but they’re not sold just yet.

A New Podcast Explores the Complicated World of the Greater Sage-Grouse

September 15, 2020 — Presented by BirdNote and hosted by Ashley Ahearn, the series dives into the past, present, and future of the West's most controversial bird.

Birdwatching Is a Bright Spot in a Pandemic-Stricken Economy

August 06, 2020 — Sales are through the roof for seed suppliers, birdhouse builders, and small businesses helping people connect with the nature in their backyards.