Editor's Note
Fixing the problems on the Mississippi will require a basic attitude shift: looking at the entire river, from north to south, as a single ecosystem.

By David Seideman

Audubon View
We’ve long known what causes the Mississippi’s many problems. We also know the solutions.
By John Flicker


Field Notes
A new report fans the flames on managing forests for fire; birds and planes on a collision course; a Q&A on global climate change; kids lend a hand to help the Gulf Coast’s displaced birds; more.

True Nature
Duck Soup

Arkansas’s bottomland hardwood forest, part of the vast Mississippi floodplain, supports a bounty of wildlife, including hundreds of thousands of wintering ducks—and the rich stew of creatures they feed on.
By Dan Ferber

Earth Almanac
Wondrous plants and animals of the Mississippi, from Louisiana’s favorite flower to a true monster of the depths to those busy comeback kits.

By Ted Williams

Audubon at Home
So Lawn

Creating a healthy lawn, one that doesn’t harm waterways, is easier than you might think. Here are 10 easy steps to get you started.
By James McCommons

Homeward Bound
Two writers set off on separate but similar journeys in search of lost America.
By Ted Levin

One Picture
A stately live oak, a Katrina victim, finds a new home on a new coast.
Photograph by James Balog/Text by Les Line

Saving the Mississippi

America's River
It’s been squeezed, pushed, and plundered. Now it’s time to give back to the Mississippi.

By Ted Williams


A Mighty Challenge

Doing the right thing for the Mississippi will require seeing the river in a fresh, new way. 

By Christopher Hallowell


Photo Essay
Nature's Fury

A unique aerial perspective offers a stunning look at Katrina's fearsome power.  
By Andrew Kaufman/Text by Todd Neale

Cover photo by Mitch Epstein/Getty Images.



Warning Signs

The birds that migrate up the Mississippi mirror the health of the river itself.
By Frank Graham Jr.


Changing Course

A map and a quick take on the river that’s the lifeblood of the nation, and its birds.
By Sydney Horton/Illustrations by Mike Reagan


The Last Line of Defense

After Katrina, one thing is clear: The only flood protection that really works is wetlands.
By Ted Williams


What You Can Do
High-Water Mark

How you can do your part to help the Mississippi.
By Daniel Butcher



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