Other Animals

Royal Terns on South Island, Virginia. Photo: Matthew Fossum Every spring since the 1980s, tens of thousands of seabirds have made their way from their South American wintering grounds to Virginia’s South Island to nest. Once there, raucous masses of Gull-billed Terns, Royal Terns, Common Terns, Black Skimmers, Laughing Gulls, and others combine to create
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Recently, a woman named Helen Oakley shared a devastating video on Facebook after coming across dozens of dead and injured koalas on a gum plantation. The trees had been bulldozed with koalas still in them. It was a heartless and cruel act against Australia’s precious animals, especially when one-third of the species‘ population was wiped
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Greater Sage-Grouse. Photo: Evan Barrientos/Audubon President Donald Trump is visiting Colorado Springs today. He arrives as the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), as part of his federal Department of the Interior, takes aim at regulations in place protecting millions of acres of public land cherished by millions of Coloradans, westerners, and an adaptable, dancing bird,
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SeaWorld has announced that it’s ending the practice of letting trainers ride astride dolphins during shows.Animal rights activists have been asking for years for the practice to be banned. PETA published a shareholder proposal in December 2019, asking that the practice be banned, and that trainers stop riding on dolphins’ backs and faces. The animal
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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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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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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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Since the 1980s, the giraffe population has dropped 30 percent from a population of over 155,000 to just 111,000 today. According to the Giraffe Conservation Foundation, their population has even dropped by 95 percent in areas that were once considered “prime giraffe habitat.” The IUCN says there are only 68,293 mature individuals in the wild.
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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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