July-August 2000

Audubon: Contents -- July-August 2000

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The Audubon Garden Makeover
Can you bring wildlife back to the suburbs? We did, and in just season. Here's the story of how we relandscaped one family's garden to attract birds and other wildlife. Plus, how to make over your yard.
By Janet Marinelli
Photography by Sylvia Otte

Dalton's World
Stephen Dalton's extraordinary photographs are often of very ordinary creatures he has found or housed on his "farm" in England. This photo essay offers a glimpse inside the magical world of wildlife he built in his house and garden. 
Photography by Stephen Dalton
Text by Les Line

Flying Fever
First it was crows, then people who began mysteriously dying as an exotic disease swept through the New York area last summer. Now more is known about the West Nile virus, how birds and mosquitoes transport it, and how it may be spreading
across the country. 
By Robert H. Boyle 
Photography by Brian Smale

The Ghost Cat's Ninth Life
The most beautiful and elusive of America's cats, the ocelot, has all but vanished from the United States. Now researchers are
nurturing what is believed to be our last population, in a remote corner of Texas. 
By Wendy Williams 
Photography by Roy Toft

The River they Call Home
For centuries Maine's Penobscot River was a home and a way of life for native people. Today the river is dammed and polluted, and the Penobscot tribe is fighting to save it.
By Susan Hand Shetterly 
Photography by Alex Webb

From the Editor
Your Private Sanctuary
Our yards are more than places to escape life's rigors. They're havens for wildlife, too. 
By Lisa Gosselin

The Audubon View
Bringing Back the Baylands 
Audubon's 20-year plan will restore half of San Francisco Bay's wetlands. 
By John Flicker



Field Notes
Bye-bye blackbirds; cigarette butts besiege beach birds; a battle brews over lake access; a crooked deal for Alaskan chickadees. 
Edited by David Seideman

True Nature
The Power of Parasites
They're all around us--not to mention inside us. Welcome to the real frontier of biodiversity. 
By Carl Zimmer

The Stranding
If survival is life's most basic instinct, why did these dolphins seem so determined to die? 
By April Newlin

Trouble on the Mississippi 
Rather than go along with a wasteful and harmful lock project, Don Sweeney blew the whistle on his own agency: the Army Corps of Engineers. 
By Ted Williams

Portrait in Red and White
The future of the reddish egret, a bird so rare that many birders have never seen one, hangs by a thread. 
By Frank Graham Jr.

Ask Audubon
Do birds perspire? What are those June bugs doing? Wise words on night vision.
By Carolyn Shea

A Sense of Place
In the Middle of a Marsh
Kayaking is a perfect way to escape the hordes and see this unique part of Cape Cod, in all its mud and glory. 
By Paul Schneider

Saving–or Not Saving–the Land 
Words about progress, and about the resilience of nature.
By Christopher Camuto

Audubon in Action
Bringing the Audubon message to L.A.; a bit of luck for horseshoe crabs; cougar crisis in New Mexico; California's desert defender.
Edited by Gretel H. Schueller

Earth Almanac
Summer favorites, from a lethal but devout killer to a submersible songbird to a bug bomb on the wing. 
By Ted Williams

In the Wild
Frozen Fish
Diving beneath an iceberg, Norbert Wu found these hardy creatures. 
By Les Line/Photograph by Norbert Wu