Other Animals

Sandwich Tern. Photo: Danny Sauvageau/Audubon Photography Awards WASHINGTON (February 14, 2020) – Today the Commonwealth of Virginia declared that migratory birds will be protected under state law in light of rollbacks to the Migratory Bird Treaty Act by the Trump Administration. The state also committed to take substantial and immediate steps to create nesting habitat
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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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Prothonotary Warbler. Photo: Owen Deutsch/Audubon Photography Awards The Gulf Coast is known for its dramatic scenery—Spanish moss hanging from cypress trees in a foggy swamp, or pine savannas that are home to carnivorous plants—and this week, those special places are getting the support they need, thanks to the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council. Last December,
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Students of Rust College visit Strawberry Plains Audubon Center in Mississippi. Photo: Mike Fernandez/Audubon NEW YORK – Today, the National Audubon Society announced a $250,000 investment from the Walton Family Foundation to build on the success of the Audubon on Campus Chapter Program by expanding engagement with Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and Minority-Serving Institutions
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In what has already become one of the most catastrophic events in recent history, the fires ravaging Australia have become responsible for losses in many areas. Every year, the threat and arrival of bushfires create havoc within the country. With elevated risks occurring largely due to several contributing factors (extended drought, record heatwave), the bushfires
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Bearded Vulture. Photo: Winfried Wisniewski/Alamy Thud! The sudden noise filled the tranquil valley in the Spanish Pyrenees. Antoni Margalida quickly scanned the sky for the source of the sound. As a field biologist for the Catalonian government familiar with the region’s wildlife, he had a hunch. And then, through his telescope, there it was: a burly Bearded Vulture, or
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In 1986, the International Whaling Commission globally banned commercial whaling. However,Norway, Japan, and Iceland continue large whale hunts for commercial purposes under “objections” to the ban. Japan is often recognized as one of the countries to hunt the most whales, but Norway has actually surpassed them. According to Whale and Dolphin Conservation (WDC), “between 2000-2015,
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Belted Kingfisher. Photo: Brian Kushner/Audubon Photography Awards PHILADELPHIA – Yesterday, the Trump administration proposed a budget for fiscal year 2021 that excludes essential funding for a long list of critical conservation programs, including the Delaware River Watershed Restoration Program that conserves the Delaware River Watershed, ensuring clean drinking water for more than 13.3 million people and
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One month ago, I arrived with a team of scientists at Elephant Island, Antarctica—a lonesome, 29-mile-long hunk of glacier and granite off the tip of the Antarctic Peninsula. The island was chronicled by a member of Ernest Shackleton’s ill-fated 1916 expedition as “about as inhospitable as one could well imagine,” and it hasn’t changed much
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Conservationists are welcoming news that the Chinese Government has temporarily banned the sale of wildlife in markets, restaurants and over e-commerce as part of an effort to contain the Coronavirus outbreak, which has already claimed 56 lives. Defined as a zoonotic disease since it’s normally relegated to wildlife, it may have originated from a snake
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American Oystercatchers and young. Photo: Jesse Gordon/Audubon Photography Awards WASHINGTON (February 6, 2020) – Audubon Chief Conservation Officer, David O’Neill appeared before a U.S. House Appropriations Subcommittee today where he called for strong federal investment in coastal resilience, natural infrastructure, wetland restoration, water conservation, and responding to the threat of climate change. “With the Administration
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A couple of months ago I traveled to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to document a friendly bird-off among the Audubon Center at Debs Park, the Discovery Center, Atlanta Audubon Society, each represented by a birder: Tania Romero, Jose Santiago, and Jason Ward, respectively. The three birders and I were fellow apprentices in Audubon’s Fund II Foundation Apprenticeship Program—a yearlong, full-time
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Japan has passed a law to financially support commercial whaling and promote the consumption of whale meat, a controversial practice that the country resumed in July after a 32-year moratorium. The revised law won the support of the Diet (Japanese parliament) on Thursday, although there has not been an official announcement by the government, public
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At the end of 2019, One Earth Conservation finished seven days of surveying the endangered sun parakeet (Aratinga solstitialis), also referred to as the sun conure, in the Karasabai Village. I had joined up with the parakeet rangers of this region to determine how many sun parakeets there actually were. A full survey had never
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