Ryan F. Mandelbaum

Reporter, Audubon Magazine

Ryan F. Mandelbaum is a science writer at Gizmodo and birder living in Brooklyn.

Articles by Ryan F. Mandelbaum

A rust and gray-colored bird stands on a mossy surface and looks at the camera.

How Training Secretive Birds Became a Boon for Tropical Forest Conservation

August 10, 2023 — When a farming family in Ecuador “befriended” an elusive antpitta, they pioneered a new path for ecotourism.
A Cedar Waxwing and a Bohemian Waxwing perched on a branch, both holding a berry in their mouth.

Stylish and Social, Winter Waxwings Provide a Wonderful ID Challenge

December 16, 2022 — Bohemian and Cedar Waxwings look very similar and are more likely to intermingle in the colder months. Here’s how to tell them apart.

Why Did the Siskin Cross the Continent?

July 21, 2022 — A bird banded in Maryland two years ago turned up this spring in British Columbia, highlighting the nomadic lifestyle of one finch species.

Oldest Ring-billed Gull on Record Discovered by Cleveland Birder

March 23, 2021 — At 28, the gull is a year older than the previous title holder, further expanding our knowledge of the species' longevity.

This Winter Marks an Incredible 'Superflight' of Hungry Winter Finches

December 11, 2020 — Across the country, birders are being treated to one of the biggest irruption years of boreal birds in recent memory.

Researchers Reveal the Mysterious Fall Movements of a Familiar Backyard Bird

October 30, 2020 — New studies suggest that northern populations of White-breasted Nuthatches might also have irruptive years—and 2020 is one of them.

The Man Behind the Brilliant Winter Finch Forecast Is Passing the Torch

September 17, 2020 — Ron Pittaway might be retiring, but fear not, finch fans: His collaborator Tyler Hoar will continue the highly anticipated reports.

A Mallard Duckling Is Thriving—and Maybe Diving—Under the Care of Loon Parents

July 12, 2019 — Scientists discovered the surprising bird family on a Midwestern lake, and so far, all parties seem to be getting along swimmingly.