Dispatch

In Search of the Stunning—and Possibly Extinct—Edwards's Pheasant

— No one has seen the elusive bird in the wild in nearly two decades, but it might still inhabit Vietnam's war-ravaged mountain valleys.
Two Scarlet Macaws chicks sit in their nest in the cavity of a quamwood tree in Belize's Chiquibul Forest. Camilla Cerea/Audubon

Meet the Brave Bodyguards Protecting Belize’s Scarlet Macaws From Poachers

— To keep macaw chicks safe, a team of rangers spends night and day watching over the birds’ nests and homes.
A feather on the beach is a rare sight these days on Seahorse Key, a sun-drenched Florida island where 20,000 colonial birds once comprised the largest rookery on the state’s Gulf Coast. Melissa Lyttle

The Mystery of Seahorse Key's Missing Bird Colony Veers Into Strange Territory

— Russian submarines? Black-ops helicopters? Vigilante sheepdogs? Cannibal snakes? Weird theories abound for the causes of the baffling case.
Members of the Biodiversity Initiative on an expedition in Bioko, Equatorial Guinea. Tristan Spinski

Land of the Lost Birds: Searching for Life in the Forests of Bioko

— A crew of American scientists is venturing into remote Equatorial Guinea, even as rampant development threatens its bird-filled wilderness.
Tim Gallagher (left) and Martjan Lammertink on their Ivory-bill quest. Some believe that if the phantom bird still exists, it would mostly likely be here, in the rugged mountain of eastern Cuba. Greg Kahn

Can the Ivory-Billed Woodpecker Be Found in Cuba?

— A birder, ornithologist, writer, and photographer set off on an extreme adventure through the muck and memories of eastern Cuba.
Adam Grimm in a ghillie suit that he uses for camouflage as he photographs the wild ducks in Eureka, South Dakota. Wild ducks are extremely wary of humans and will not come anywhere near a human who they can see. Jon Lowenstein

Duck Dynasty

— Of canvases and Canvasbacks: a look inside the high-stakes, duck-obsessed world of the Federal Duck Stamp Contest.