Audubon Magazine

Audubon Magazine

Summer 2021

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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eat like a bird

Each bird has a beak, or bill, specially equipped for its lifestyle. Cardinals have thick beaks to crack seeds. Herons spear fish with long, daggerlike beaks. Hummingbirds sip flower nectar from tubelike beaks. And warblers have thin, sharp beaks for grasping insects. Go outside and observe birds’ beaks. Then try some out yourself. Gather “beaks,” like a clothespin, chopsticks, drinking straw, and tweezers. Next assemble “food,” like uncooked rice (“seeds”), macaroni in water (“fish”), juice (“nectar”), and pennies (“insects”). Choose a beak and gather as much food as possible in one minute. Try again with different beaks. Which combination was easiest? ILLUSTRATIONS: ALEX TOMLINSON/AUDUBON; NORTHERN CARDINAL, RAYMOND HENNESSY/ALAMY…

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4 research routes

Get started with these resources. Native Land is a tool that uses your zip code to drill down into native territories, languages, and treaties—each a keyword to unlocking more information. Go to native-land.ca. Cultural institutions point you to knowledge and experts. Indigenous scholars at universities and museums can answer questions or confirm language and pronunciation. Tribal governments can be excellent resources. However, ensure you’re not seeking approval, Vicaire says. Be respectful if tribes don’t help. “They have their own challenges.” Examples online can provide models to follow and inspiration. Glean language tips and, along the way, absorb a variety of Indigenous experiences.…

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putting words into practice

Birders have a norm around: “What can I cross off my list at this place?” Land acknowledgment leads to deeper engagement with cultural and social dynamics of land we’re visiting. At a meeting, before we delve into work, we recognize historical wrongs that need to be righted. We are actively looking to support tribes’ priorities. Making the statement can be uncomfortable. It requires constant learning and adjusting. There is no perfect way to say it. But are we better off saying it or keeping quiet about it? That’s where I tend to come down. —Trina Bayard, director of bird conservation, Audubon Washington In science-based management plans, we talk about plants and soils. Those patterns incorporate traditional knowledge. Many Indigenous cultures had a low-intensity way of working the land, which created a…

1 min.

MAYBE YOU’VE HEARD ONE BEFORE: AT THE START OF AN EVENT, THE SPEAKER names the Indigenous groups that once or currently steward the land they’re standing on. This is a land acknowledgment. The growing practice, spreading to the United States from Canada, recognizes Indigenous people as the land’s ancestral caretakers and pays respect to modern native nations. Whether you’re leading a bird walk or looking to understand your home’s Indigenous history, this expert advice will help you find the words.…

2 min.
in search of lost birds

LAST OCTOBER TWO MEN IN Indonesian Borneo noticed an unidentifiable red-eyed bird while on a forest foraging trip. They sent images to a local birding group, setting off a game of telephone as incredulous ornithologists circulated the photos around the world. The verdict: It was a Black-browed Babbler, last reported alive 170 years ago. “I just screamed,” says Indonesian ornithologist Panji Gusti Akbar. “It was quite an amazing moment.” Until its rediscovery, the Black-browed Babbler was a “lost” species—it was not officially extinct, according to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, but it hadn’t been documented in the wild for at least a decade. The nonprofit Re:wild, which started a “Search for Lost Species” campaign in 2017, lists more than 2,000 such plants and animals in an online database.…

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make hay for bobolinks

WHEN AMY MUSANTE CATCHES the bubbly song of the Bobolink in spring, she hops into her SUV at dawn and heads to a hayfield on her 185-acre farm in western Massachusetts. She likes to watch the birds as the sun comes up, tinting Day Mountain in the middle distance a rosy orange color. “You always hear them before you see them,” says Musante, who moved east from California five years ago to revive her family’s operation. Musante has more than a passing interest in the striking black-and-white birds. She is participating in an effort to help the ground-nesters successfully breed. Among the longest-migrating songbirds in the Western Hemisphere, Bobolinks travel from wintering grounds as far south as Argentina’s rice fields and nest in U.S. and Canada grasslands. Centuries ago, the birds…