January-February 2000

Audubon: Contents -- January-February 2000

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Columns & Departments

Day of the Condor
On Easter Sunday in 1987, our last wild condor was captured. Thanks to one of the greatest conservation success stories ever, the California condor now soars again. 
by Frank Graham Jr.

Fishing For Evidence
Out of the Wild
They work undercover, scouring the fish markets of Japan and setting up make-shift labs in hotel rooms. Meet the DNA detectives, the scientists who are cracking down on the trade in endangered whales and other species. 
By Joseph Rorma
Photography by Max Aguilera-Hellweg

Underwater Wilderness
Just 60 miles from Los Angeles is an area of strange and magnificent creatures. Here, a rare photographic glimpse at what many hope will be Californiaís newest wilderness: the rich marine sanctuaries of the Channel Islands. 
Photography by Jeff Rotman
Text by Deborah Knight

Desperately Seeking Silence
Gordon Hempton has spent two decades recording natureís song. Now heís launched One Square Inch of Silence, a plan to save the soundscapes of our national parks. 
By Jane Braxton Little
Photography by Rex Rystedt

Two Horns, Six Legs & One Voracious Appetite
Whatís eating our trees? Recently discovered in New York and Chicago, the terrible Asian long-horned beetle may munch its way into your neighborhood soon.
By May R. Berenbaum
Photography by Dan Winters

From the Editor
On Human Intervention
A big comeback for a big bird raises a 
big question: When should humans intercede, and when should we let nature take its course? 
By Lisa Gosselin

The Audubon View
Our Fight For Forests
Audubon helps lead a rally behind one of the boldest conservation plans ever: President Clintonís recent proposal to preserve 60 million acres of roadless land. 
By John Flicker



Field Notes
A culture and an ecosystem pushed to the edge in Colombia; brouhahas over buzzards; a success story in the Keys; antienvironmental rage claims a Forest Service star; and more. 
Edited by David Seideman

True Nature
The Bustle Below
The Bustle Below Billions of snowflakes make up more than the snowpack, they serve as a life-giving blanket for a world of active animals below. 
By Ted Kerasote

Planting on Barren Ground
Planting on Barren Ground In the austere beauty of the Highlands, the author tries to undo an ancient wrong by taking a Scottish icon in hand.
By Guy Hand

Each year thousands of magnificent eagles and hawks, caught in a web of high-voltage wires, die by electrocution. Finally, the utilities are being called to task. 
By Ted Williams

The Winter Banquet
The Winter Banquet To feed or not to feed? That, and all your other bird-
feeding questions, answered here.
By Stephen W. Kress

A Sense of Place
A Winter Wonderland
A Winter Wildland A snowy ski through Wisconsinís North Woods breaks a trail into a wild-again land of fishers, bears, and timber wolves. 
By John Hildebrand

New Writings From Old Masters
New Writings From Old Masters More J. J. Audubon observations; the last chapter from Thoreau; the career of DNA decoder Seymour Benzer; a literary escape to Californiaís islands. 
By Christopher Camuto

Ask Audubon
Is that tropical fish Iím buying endangered? Do we still make DDT? How can I be a wildlife rehabilitator 
By Carolyn Shea

Audubon In Action
Audubon weighs in on a Minnesota forest plan; beleaguered belugas; 
the guardian of Long Island Sound; good-bye to a sanctuary hero. 
Edited by Gretel H. Schueller

Earth Almanac
Listening to the chickadees; checking in on groundhogs; watching gray whales and winterís busy bees. 
By Ted Williams

In the Wild
Swimming Trunks
Swimming Trunks Captured on film: a new breed of sea monster.
By Les Line