Mangroves are steamy and buggy, and a torture to navigate. But these twisted, tangled coastal ecosystems offer some very straightforward benefits to birds and a host of other wildlife.
Spinning Their Spell
A photographer’s sharp eye and a writer’s long-held passion lead to a guided tour, via spectacular images and lyrical words, of a hidden, spider-filled saltmarsh in Maine.
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They’re on the prowl at night, melting in and out of the shadows. It’s not likely you’ve seen them, but if you live in a city anywhere in America, these four-footed specters have probably moved into your neighborhood.
When it comes to protecting neotropical migrants, it’s as important to safeguard their winter homes in southern latitudes as their northern breeding grounds. For the golden-winged warbler, the shade-grown-coffee plantations of Nicaragua’s rugged mountains make a perfect brew.
By David Seideman
Audubon in Action
David Yarnold on wind power and wildlife. Plus: The Gulf oil spill, a year later; welcome back, Sabal Palm; more.
An act for neotropical birds; James Watson, of double helix fame, birds in the Galápagos; walrus woes; more.
A proposed wildlife corridor would be a lifeline for Florida’s isolated, threatened black bears.
They show up every year. Here’s how to fend off those uninvited garden visitors.
America’s sportsmen resist the switch from lead, and our most majestic birds pay the price.
Mad hares; sun-baked lizards; pretty poison; twist and sprout; more.
Making the Grade
The case for a new approach to environmental education.
Beauty and the Beast
An airborne artist records the scars on a Louisiana landscape, and other industrial insults.
On the cover: A male black bear—his breath creating a vapor cloud in the cool night air—is caught by a motion-sensitive camera in Highlands County, Florida. Photograph by Carlton Ward Jr.
Banner images: Mangroves, by Diane Cook and Len Jenshel; black bear in Florida, by Carlton Ward Jr.; leafcurling sac spider (left) and female crab spider, by Piotr Naskrecki; coyote imprint, by Dylan Menges.