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The bird world is embroiled in debate about whether to rename McCown’s Longspur, a grassland bird that bears the name of a Confederate general—an ornithological outgrowth of a national movement to remove monuments to defenders of slavery. Photo: Agami Photo Agency/Alamy In 1851, John P. McCown, an amateur ornithologist and army officer stationed in Texas,
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White-throated Sparrow. Photo: Scott M. Ramsay Male White-throated Sparrows usually whistle a simple yet elegant tune: Oh sweet Canada Canada Canada. But that’s not the song biologist Ken Otter has heard the local sparrows singing since 2000. Instead of the thin whistle typically ending in three syllables, male sparrows in Prince George, British Columbia, sang songs
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We are delighted to announce the results of our latest photo competition. Rogerio Rodrigues wins First Prize for his outstanding image ‘Twin Brothers’. Larry Master wins Second Prize with “A Loving Mother’ and Third Prize goes to David Desrochers with ‘Coastal Brown Bear Sow Nursing Her Cubs’. Please give kudos to the photographers by leaving
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Illustration: Joe Ciardiello Who’s Kenn? Simply put, Kenn is a national treasure. A renowned birder, author, and conservationist, Kenn Kaufman has spent his life dedicated to observing birds, reading about birds, writing about birds, and sharing the world of birds with others. With all that birdy knowledge in his brain, he also acts as the field editor for Audubon magazine. So, whenever we
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In the spring, the Pirmagrun mountain, one of the world’s last refuges for the endangered Persian leopard, towers over the surrounding countryside in Iraqi Kurdistan, its rocky snow-capped peaks fading into an ancient oak forest that starts out sparsely before running into narrow, densely-wooded valleys. As recently as the 1980s, the forest covered the slopes
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