Other Animals

Two California Condors soar above forested hills. The dark-brown birds with featherless heads are the largest land birds in North America, with wingspans stretching 10 feet. Photo: Jeff Foott/NPL/Minden The California Condor is perhaps America’s most iconic endangered species and conservation success story. In the 1980s, the wild population dwindled to just 25 birds, which
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Photo: Nataliia Yankovets/Alamy The holidays are a time to relax and recharge from the year. At the close of an especially challenging one, Audubon‘s editors are excited to detach and find new curiosities and inspiration in books—and we wanted to share some of our favorite reads with you.  Here are seven books that are sure to appeal to bird
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Ridgway’s Rail. Photo: Rick Lewis/Audubon Photography Awards Tucked away in the giant omnibus spending legislation passed this week was a small package of bills focused on western water. Western rivers provide important benefits to rural communities, the recreation economy, and bird and wildlife habitat, in addition to providing critical water supplies for cities, irrigated farmland,
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Great Blue Heron. Photo: Mick Thompson On Monday, Congress passed a massive spending package, which now awaits the president’s signature. Appended to that bill was a similarly momentous achievement, the first energy bill in over a decade, a version of the American Energy Innovation Act of 2020 from Sens. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Joe Manchin
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Ruddy Duck. Photo: Don Bland/Audubon Photography Awards Thanks to sustained bipartisan support, the 2020 Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) will be enacted as part of the omnibus appropriations legislation passed this week. WRDA is critically important because it authorizes projects and programs led by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to study, design, and construct
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Magnificent Frigatebird. Photo: Luke Franke/Audubon WASHINGTON (December 21, 2020) — As part of the sweeping legislation passed by Congress ahead of the holiday break, Congress has passe̶̶̶d the American Innovation and Manufacturing Act, a bill that will substantially phase down both the consumption and production of some of the most powerful greenhouse gases. “This bill
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Common Loon. Photo: Jelieta Walinski/Audubon Photography Awards (WASHINGTON) “After months of negotiations, it is good to see Congress come together to make investments in economic stimulus, conservation, climate resilience, and greenhouse gas emissions reductions,” said Sarah Greenberger, interim chief conservation officer and senior vice president, Conservation Policy. “This bill advances many critical programs that will help
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There’s nothing quite like down—it’s a natural, incredibly warm, and breathable insulation that we stuff into winter jackets and sleeping bags, couches and blankets. No wonder ducks look so comfortable paddling around ponds on sub-zero days. Yet the way some farmers harvest this fluffy material might make birders uncomfortable. The vast majority of the 270,000 metric tons
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It’s not exactly news that spending time in nature benefits human health and well-being. But an experiment conducted by social scientists along some mountain trails in Colorado shows – it’s not just the wind in your face or the grandeur of the scenery we need to thank. The authors call it a “phantom chorus.” (See
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WASHINGTON (December 17, 2020) — Reacting to the announcements that former EPA Administrator and current president of the National Resources Defense Council Gina McCarthy will be appointed to the newly created position of National Climate Adviser under the Biden Administration; that former Michigan governor Jennifer Granholm will be nominated as Secretary of the Department of Energy;
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Paramedics have hailed the “remarkable” survival story of a South Australian surfer who swam back to shore alone and walked 300 metres for help after suffering “extraordinary” injuries from a shark bite at a remote beach. Paramedic Michael Rushby said the man had “serious” lacerations on his back, backside and leg “consistent with quite a
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Barn Swallow. Photo: Melissa Groo As this issue of Audubon goes to press, the election is just wrapping up—with the exception of a couple of runoff elections like those for the Senate seats in Georgia. People are rising up to demand action on climate change and racial equity. And birds are telling us there is
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This is the face of one of Britain’s most prolific ­trophy hunters. Asif Wattoo has killed beautiful animals all over the world. He then boasts about the “thrill” on social media. Animals he has hunted for fun include zebras, African buffaloes, antelope and impala. He has also posed for dozens of pictures with giraffe carcasses. Asif Wattoo is
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The Ocean-Based Climate Solutions Act, introduced in the House in October, lays out an innovative plan to protect and enhance coastal and marine ecosystems facing climate impacts. In addition to centering the ocean and coasts in the fight against climate change, the bill also advances important measures to protect ocean health and to ensure that
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A 25-year-old British expat who was shot and killed by a hunter who mistook him for a boar close to his home in south-western France has been named. Morgan Keane is thought to have died instantly when a bullet fired by a hunter hit him in the isolated hamlet of La Garrigue, north of Toulouse. A
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Birds are facing problems at local landfills. According to reporting in National Geographic, landfill facilities that burn methane to dispose of it are putting birds in harm’s way. Because methane is colorless when it burns birds can fly into it. Hilary DeVries, a wildlife rehabilitator at the center, located in Española, New Mexico, described a
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When Pedro Rodrigues began studying cormorants at the Austral University of Chile, he had no intention of writing about the Inca Empire. A biologist who specializes in the evolution and geographic distribution of birds, Rodrigues was initially researching genetic diversity in Neotropic Cormorants, a waterbird that spends most of its time in South and Central America.
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