Susan Cosier

Reporter, Audubon Magazine

Susan Cosier is a Chicago-based journalist focused on science and the environment.

Articles by Susan Cosier

Revealing the Mysteries of Whip-poor-wills—and What It Might Take to Save Them

September 29, 2023 — Recently uncovered secrets long held by species in the elusive nightjar family, and those still waiting to be unraveled, could provide information vital to curtailing their recent losses.

A Binocular Guide for Growing Birders

September 29, 2023 — A good pair of bins can wow kids, helping them to delight in birding. These five picks make the grade.

Here’s What the Inflation Reduction Act Can Do for You

February 16, 2023 — Whether you’re a driver, a homeowner, or a renter, take advantage of the cost-saving upgrades the landmark legislation offers.

Clean Energy Isn’t Enough to Avoid the Worst Consequences of Climate Change

December 15, 2022 — Fortunately, the Inflation Reduction Act includes support in other key areas.

This Little-Known Electricity Agency Could Give Renewable Energy the Push It Needs

September 16, 2022 — State public utility commissions have the power to reduce carbon emissions and address climate change. Some have already begun.

The Audubon Mural Project Takes Flight in Rockford, Illinois

November 24, 2021 — Paintings of imperiled birds beautify buildings throughout the city, providing a catalyst for conversations about climate change.

Eleven New Birdy and Nature-Themed Books for Kids

October 01, 2021 — These picture books are sure to delight and inspire young readers.

A Federal Clean Energy Standard Would Build On Decades of State Experience

September 23, 2021 — Already 30 states have set clean-energy goals. Their successes in meeting them, and proving critics wrong, are the seeds for a national standard.

Electric Utilities, Long Anchored by Coal, Are Starting to Break for Renewables

July 21, 2021 — Renewable electricity will save money in the long run. But that’s tough logic for utilities desperate to earn every penny from their fossil-fuel investments.

Why Electric Utilities Are Resorting to Dark Money and Bribes to Resist Renewables

March 16, 2021 — Many utility companies cling to old business models and dirty fuels rather than go through the tough energy transition climate change demands.