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Audubon Magazine

Audubon Magazine

Winter 2019

Audubon is the official magazine of the National Audubon Society. Get Audubon Magazine digital magazine subscription today for news coverage of the natural world. We help our readers appreciate, understand, and protect the environment with a particular focus on birds, other wildlife and their habitats

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English
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National Audubon Society
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4 Issues

In this issue

3 min.
land of riches

Every autumn the largest congregation of Bald Eagles on the planet flocks to the northern Alaskan panhandle to feast on spawning salmon in the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve. As many as 4,000 of the imposing raptors hunch in frosty trees, dropping grandly onto gravel bars where they screech and squabble over fish carcasses alongside gorging grizzlies. The 48,000-acre preserve, which Audubon Alaska helped establish, has protected this sweeping valley since 1982. But the health of water flowing into this eagles’ Eden is at risk. A mining company has set its sights on a massive copper- and zinc-rich sulfide deposit upriver and could break ground in 2020—an outcome many fear would irreparably alter this salmon-rich watershed, and the eagles, bears, and people that depend on it. Salmon are the crux of this…

2 min.
net worth

THE FALL ISSUE OF AUDUBON magazine was tough to produce. As you may recall, we dedicated 88 pages to exploring how climate change could affect birds and people, and the collective actions we must take in a very short time frame to stave off its most dire consequences. Our staff felt overwhelmed, by the task at hand and by the magnitude of the challenge facing society. How did we cope? Well, we had a channel in Slack (our office messaging system) where we spoke openly with other Audubon staff members around the country about climate grief. We also went birding. We sought solace outside, stepping away from our troubled thoughts to focus instead on something uncomplicated and calm, on life carrying on. Did this erase our anxiety completely? No. Did it…

2 min.
it’s the start of a new year—time for action

MAY I ASK SOMETHING OF YOU as we head into a new year? Would you make a resolution to be the very best advocate for birds you can possibly be? It’s an election year, and Audubon, and its partner organization the Audubon Action Fund, will be working hard across our amazing network of chapters, state offices, and nature centers to keep climate and clean-energy legislation at the forefront of people’s agendas. We’re going to urge lawmakers to prioritize other environmental issues, too, including supporting a strong Migratory Bird Treaty Act and Endangered Species Act. These need more champions in Congress, and lawmakers need to know that Audubon’s 1.7 million members will be watching how they vote. You’ll remember from our fall magazine issue that we showed how climate change will affect…

2 min.
audubon magazine

Board of Directors Maggie Walker Chair of the Board Susan Bell David B. Hartwell Vice-Chairs Joseph H. Ellis Secretary Karim Al-Khafaji Jeffrey Goodby Terry L. Root Phil Swan Assistant Secretaries George S. Golumbeski Treasurer Ajay Shah Assistant Treasurer Jane Alexander Peter Alpert Christian T. Brown Coleman Burke Douglas T. Chang Mike Connor Michele Crist Mary Daugherty Sara Fuentes James C. Greenwood William Heck Jessica Hellmann Kate James Sarah Jeffords J. Drew Lanham Richard H. Lawrence, Jr. Hector E. Morales, Jr. Susan Orr R. Cynthia Pruett Anna Warwick Riggs Heather Singh Kathy Sullivan Stephen Tan Lili Taylor Art Wang Joseph Watts Executive Staff David Yarnold CEO & President Jose Carbonell Chief Marketing Officer Mary Beth Henson Chief Financial Officer Chermia Hoeffner Vice President, Human Resources Susan Lunden Chief of Staff Stephen Meyer Chief Operating Officer Sean O’Connor Chief Development Officer David O’Neill Chief Conservation Officer David Ringer Chief Network Officer Rebeccah Sanders Senior Vice President, States National Leadership Steve Abrahamson Kelly Adams Olga Bellido de Luna Marco Carbone Stephanie Cook Kevin Duffy Deeohn Ferris Sarah Greenberger Julie Hill-Gabriel Lisa Hardaway Karen Hyun Samaria Jaffe John Mahoney Brian Moore Aurelio Ramos Lorraine Sciarra Stanley Senner Elizabeth Sorrell Heather…

2 min.
inbox

Standoff Nate Chappell captured this image of a tense encounter between two African Penguins and a Blacksmith Lapwing and entered it in the 2019 Audubon Photography Awards. You can discover what’s happening in this shot and 11 others that feature fascinating bird behaviors by visiting audubon.org/APAgallery. To learn how to submit your own photos to the 2020 awards, which opens to entries on January 13, go to audubonphotoawards.org. RE: Special Climate Issue Audubon, Fall 2019 I belong to other environmental organizations besides Audubon, but none of them has covered the climate crisis in such a relatable and personable manner. I read this issue from cover to cover and loved every single article. Truly essential knowledge presented in a way to inspire you to be part of the solution, not just scaring…

4 min.
metal revival

FOR SALMONSTATE CAMPAIGNER Rachel James, as for many Alaskans, an announcement in 2014 brought a wave of relief: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency would, in effect, block a sprawling copper- and gold-mining project vehemently opposed by commercial fishers, Alaska Natives, and conservation groups like her own. The Pebble Mine would create what could be North America’s largest open-pit excavation and ponds of potentially toxic tailings. Worse, it would be located in the headwaters of Bristol Bay, where fishers catch more sockeye salmon than anywhere on the planet and millions of birds, including most Pacific Black Brants and Emperor Geese, breed or forage. Even the smallest version of the mine, EPA scientists said, could have “significant and unacceptable adverse effects” on the watershed. So it was a blow when the EPA reversed its…