Lesser Flamingos fly through Mumbai in April, 2020. Indranil Mukherjee/AFP/Getty Images

A Year of the Pandemic: How Have Birds and Other Wildlife Responded?

— The slowdown in human activity—a period scientists are calling the “anthropause”—was a mixed bag for animals.

A Pandemic, a Cancer Diagnosis, and a Year List Like No Other

— How birds became a thread of sanity through my tumultuous year.

At a Time of Standstill, Remembering the Significance of Life on the Move

— With fall migration well underway, birders can appreciate the ecological and societal importance of global mobility during a difficult year.
Northern Cardinal. blightylad-infocus/iStock

Birdwatching Is a Bright Spot in a Pandemic-Stricken Economy

— Sales are through the roof for seed suppliers, birdhouse builders, and small businesses helping people connect with the nature in their backyards.
Wild Turkeys. Adam Bass/Audubon Photography Awards

Pandemic-fueled Surge in Wild Turkey Hunting Tests Declining Populations

— Turkey hunters with extra time on their hands are behind a harvest spike that could have lasting impacts, biologists warn.

Grisly Report Raises Questions About the Cruise Industry's Impact on Migrating Birds

— Lights on ships can lure birds to their deaths, but nearly a decade after a call for more research, the scale of the problem is anyone's guess.
Kristen Olson watches a Bald Eagle in Portland, Oregon. Courtesy of Kristen Olson

An Annual Birding Competition Adapts to the Pandemic By Going Global

— Every spring, birders at the American Museum of Natural History vie to see the most birds in Central Park. This year, competing from their quarantine spots around the world brought unexpected benefits.
Phyllis Tseng of the Wild Bird Fund takes in an injured Rock Pigeon. Andrew Garn

Meet the Bird World's Essential Workers

— Despite the pandemic, these pros are working long hours to save injured birds and at-risk species that need them.

Sheltering in Place in Manhattan—With 18 American Chestnut Saplings

— Disease and logging nearly wiped out the towering trees in the early 20th century. Now the pandemic endangers a one-man operation trying to help the species endure.

COVID-19 Halted Arctic Refuge Bird Research, but Oil Leasing May Continue

— This summer was supposed to be the last chance to study nesting birds before oil development began. Now even those plans are hazy.