Rachel Fritts

Editorial Intern, Audubon magazine

Rachel Fritts is a science writer based in the Washington, DC, area.

Articles by Rachel Fritts

More than a dozen terns take off from a wooden nesting platform anchored in a bay. Decoys and seabirds sit on the artificial island.
An Artificial Island May Be the Lifeline Maryland's Common Terns Need
October 04, 2021 — Seabirds have been in worrying decline in the state's Coastal Bays region, but a makeshift nesting site shows promise to help them rebound.
10 Fun Facts About the American Crow
August 25, 2021 — From holding their own funerals to their penchant for maintaining grudges, this is one fascinating corvid.
Three lost birds that have been rediscovered in the last two decades. Left to right: Black-browed Babbler, Blue-eyed Ground-Dove, and the Madagascar Pochard.
The Quest for ‘Lost’ Birds Delivers Highs and Lows
July 13, 2021 — Thousands of species exist in a liminal space of conservation—they haven't been seen in a long time, but that doesn't mean they are extinct. Groups hope to crowdsource more rediscoveries.
Common Loons Fe and ABJ offer a fish to their chick, the pair’s 32nd together. Laura Wong
The World's Two Oldest Common Loons Are a Couple—and Amazing Parents
May 26, 2021 — A quarter-century ago, two loons joined forces to become a Michigan wildlife refuge’s resident power couple.
Follow These Amazing Instagram Accounts for Beautiful Bird Photos
May 12, 2021 — Need more feathers in your feed? These photographers have you covered.
Birds Gave This Photojournalist Hope in the Wake of Tragedy
April 29, 2021 — For Joshua McKerrow, posting daily bird photos has provided perspective and connection as he navigates trauma and grief.
One current project aims to use new technology to create domestic chickens with the gonads of Greater Prairie-Chickens, giving the barnyard birds the ability to produce prairie-chicken eggs. Ravi Hirekatur/Audubon Photography Awards
The Surprising Reason Scientists Haven't Been Able to Clone a Bird Yet
April 28, 2021 — Thanks to their eggs, avians are tremendously difficult to clone. But new technologies may provide a workaround for saving at-risk species.
Ducks Are Moving North as Winters Warm
March 30, 2021 — A new study confirms that some Southern waterfowl populations are dwindling as birds opt for northern locales that were previously too cold.
When It Gets Too Hot, Phoenix's Lovebirds Turn to Air Conditioning
March 25, 2021 — Feral parrots in North America’s hottest city have found a creative way to stay cool in extreme heat, expected to get worse with climate change.
False Scents Can Trick Predators Into Ignoring Nesting Shorebirds
March 17, 2021 — A new study finds that habituating hungry mammals to certain appetizing smells makes them far less likely to invade nests.