Pepper Trail

Contributor, Audubon Magazine

Pepper Trail is a senior forensic scientist and ornithologist at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Forensics Laboratory in Oregon.  

Articles by Pepper Trail

The Illegal Trade in These Love Charms Is a Growing Threat to Hummingbirds
May 05, 2022 — Believed to imbue romantic powers, ‘chuparosas’ are widely sold in Mexico and, now, the United States, writes forensic ornithologist Pepper Trail.
The Klamath Basin’s Water Crisis Is a Growing Disaster for Waterfowl
March 11, 2022 — Some of the continent’s most important wetland habitat is drying up. Without urgent action, we may be witnessing the death of a flyway.
An Ode to Two Tanagers
June 02, 2017 — When an ornithologist saw this photo of two Scarlet Tanagers killed by striking a glass window, he was moved to write a poem.