COVID-19

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.

In Quarantine, I Finally Understood the Magic of Birds

— It took a pandemic for me to see what my mother had been trying to show me my whole life.

Amid the Names of Coronavirus Victims, a Beloved Childhood Author Jumped Out

— Luis Sepúlveda's death spurred Audubon's photo editor to revisit a favorite childhood book, and realize how much it has shaped her life.
Blue Jay. Matthew Heckerling/Audubon Photography Awards

Why Birding From Home Is Not An Equal Opportunity Activity

— Poorer neighborhoods often harbor less quality green space and a lower diversity of birds—an inequity that the pandemic makes hard to ignore.

EPA’s Recent Rollbacks Raise Public Health Worries for Vulnerable Americans

— People of color already face more pollution linked to a higher risk of dying from COVID-19, and now the government is easing air-quality regulations.
Bobolinks. Jocelyn Anderson/Audubon Photography Awards

From Meadow to Marsh, Habitats May Take a Hit During Pandemic

— Restoration projects will likely see setbacks this spring, as invasive species removals and prescribed burns are put on hold.

Self-Isolation Is Turning Children Into Budding Birders

— During the coronavirus crisis, families are discovering their avian neighbors and nurturing the next generation of nature lovers.
Collecting Thick-billed Murre eggs on Prince Leopold Island, Nunavut, Canada. Mark Mallory

For Scientists Who Study Birds, This Spring Is Without Precedent

— Due to COVID-19, many researchers who track avian health have stopped or limited work just as migration, breeding, and nesting season ramps up.
The Magee Marsh Boardwalk, where birders flock every spring during the Biggest Week in American Birding. Lia Bocchiaro/Audubon

Canceled Birding Festivals Deal Host Towns a Major Economic Blow

— As event organizers are forced to make tough decisions over coronavirus concerns, local businesses and nonprofits brace for the fallout.