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 A charred redwood smolders looking upward towards the canopy.

Rebuilding an Iconic California State Park With Birds and Wildfire In Mind

By Sarah Gilman
July 08, 2022 — In 2020, a blaze consumed Big Basin Redwoods State Park, incinerating cabins, blackening ancient trees, and imperiling endangered murrelets. Staff now want to reimagine the park to better ensure the seabird’s future.

California Has a Peacock Problem

By Brendan Borrell
July 08, 2022 — Feral peafowl have turned neighbor against neighbor in Los Angeles, where they claw up gardens, peck at car fenders, and belt out their songs at all hours. Is a more harmonious coexistence possible?
Details of the Wood Thrush including a close up of the raw materials, center, used in the creation of the piece.
Letter From the Editor

No Time Like the Present

By Jennifer Bogo
July 08, 2022 — However quickly life seems to move, it’s worth slowing down and paying attention.
An Indigo Bunting sings on top of a sunflower.
Audubon View

Listen to the Birds Today

By Elizabeth Gray
July 08, 2022 — Some days, they sing messages of peril. But some days, they sing songs of beauty and hope.
A photographer sits on a sandy beach, her lens balanced on one knee, photographing birds in the distance.

How to Sandproof Your Gear for Beachfront Photography

By Jason Gregg
July 08, 2022 — The beach can be a photographer’s dream—or worst nightmare. Tame unruly sand and salt spray with these pro tips and key tools.

Help Us Brainstorm New Names for These Six Birds

By The Editors
July 08, 2022 — Momentum is building to replace honorific common bird names with more descriptive monikers. Share your ideas here!
A fire burns across the Loess Canyons.

In Nebraska’s Loess Canyons, Setting Trees Ablaze Gives Prairie Birds a Boost

By Brianna Randall
July 07, 2022 — For generations Great Plains ranchers saw fire as a foe. Now they’re banding together and embracing it as a tool to restore grassland habitat.
Seven people among the dense roots of a mangrove forest.
Field Notes

The Buried Treasure in Panama’s Mangrove Forests: the Carbon They Store

By María Paula Rubiano A.
July 07, 2022 — These ecosystems feed and shelter migrating birds and surrounding communities—and help fight climate change. By tapping some of that value, conservationists seek to ensure they’ll continue doing so.