The “Remarkable and Persistently Stimulating” John Fitzpatrick
The Cornell Lab’s longtime director prepares to step down, but not step away, from a life’s work dedicated to birds. We take a look back at his long and influential career.
By Scott Weidensaul
Photo Essay: Finding Pristine Moments in New Jersey’s Urban Landscape
Even in the U.S.’s most densely populated state, forested pockets can transform into sylvan refuges. One bird photographer made it his quest to find the avian gems hidden across New Jersey.
By Ray Hennessy
Is Bird Migration Getting More Dangerous?
Disappearing stopover habitat, more skyscrapers, stronger storms—the biannual flights for migratory birds are getting riskier. But scientists are working to make migration safer.
By Marc DevokaitisViolet-green Swallow by Jhoneil Centeno/Macaulay Library; clouds by Kolganova Daria/Shutterstock.
Brown-headed Nuthatches Return to Missouri’s Ozark Mountains After 100 Years
Habitat restoration and prescribed fire have made the Ozarks hospitable to the squeaky nuthatches for the first time in a century. All they needed was a helping hand to get there.
By Greg BreiningBrown-headed Nuthatch by Noppadol Paothong/Missouri Department of Conservation.
The Race to Save African Vultures
A dozen species of African vultures are in population freefall—hunted for cultural uses or felled by poisons meant for lions. Conservationists and local people are scrambling to stem the damage.
By Scott Weidensaul
Columns & Departments
View from Sapsucker Woods: Why a Cornell Lab?
By John W. Fitzpatrick
It’s Official: Red-shafted and Yellow-shafted Flickers Have Nearly Identical DNA
By Gustave AxelsonNorthern Flicker by Ray Hennessy.
New U.S. Administration Brings About-Face on Bird Policy
By Gustave AxelsonGreat Egret by Melissa James/Macaulay Library.
The Secret to Starling Success: It’s in Their Genes
By Pat LeonardEuropean Starling in Ohio by Matthew Plante/Macaulay Library.
Essay: Are Starlings Really “Invasive Aliens”?
By Natalie Hofmeister
The Tide is Turning for Shorebirds of China’s Yellow Sea
By Wendy Paulson
In Spain, Momentum Builds for Vulture Conservation
By Gustave Axelson
Gallery: A Glittering Trochilidae Treasure
By David Mora Vargas
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