In this issue: Photoshop & nature images, A Birder's Guide to Everything, Snowy Owls, and more.

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Audubon Newsletter
 
 

March 2014

 
 
Snowy Owl (Photo by Francois Portmann)
 

A Snowy Owl visits Queens, New York. (Photo by Francois Portmann)

 
     
 

Solving the Snowy Owl Mystery

 
 

Snowy Owls have invaded the Lower 48 this winter in numbers not seen for 50 years. Naturalist Scott Weidensaul is on the ground, trapping the majestic birds and attaching transmitters that offer scientists astounding insights into the winter life of these often-elusive birds. Check out his firsthand report from the irruption zone. Read More→

 
     
 
 
Movie screenshot (Photo courtesy of Screen Media/Focus World

Katie Chang, Alex Wolff, and Kodi Smit-McPhee hunt for the Labrador Duck. (Photo courtesy of Screen Media/Focus World)

 

Wild Duck Chase

A new film, A Birder’s Guide to Everything, puts teen birders in the spotlight. The plot centers on four kids trying to confirm a possible sighting of a Labrador Duck, considered extinct since 1875. Avian expert Kenn Kaufman writes about vetting the screenplay for its bird content and visiting the set. Plus, watch a clip from the movie, which hits theaters today, March 21. Read More→

 
 
Wind turbines in Iowa (Photo by Greg Latza)

Wind turbines in rural Iowa. (Photo by Greg Latza)

 

A Mighty Wind

Wildlife-smart wind power may be as close as it gets to green energy. But over vast swaths of America, the “smart” part is still more hot air than reality—especially when it comes to raptors. Where do we draw the line between saving the planet and saving birds? Read More→

 
 
 

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Smartmarsh Sparrow (Photo by Wolfgang Wander/Wikimedia Commo   Digital manipulation. (Photo by Arne Olav/Caters News)

Saltmarsh Sparrow. (Photo by Wolfgang Wander/Wikimedia Commons)

 

An extreme example of digital manipulation. (Photo by Arne Olav/Caters News)

 

Contact Your Senators

Anti-EPA Bill Is Bad News for Birds

Saltmarsh Sparrows are extremely vulnerable to even a slight rise in sea level, since they nest exclusively in marshes along the Northeast coast. The species is just one that will lose out if proposed legislation that would strangle the EPA’s efforts to reduce the threat of climate change gains ground in the Senate.

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Nature Photography: Objectivity, Manipulation, and Ethics

When it comes to nature photography, how much manipulation is acceptable? We're not just talking about Photoshop; we also want your take on shooting captive animals, baiting wildlife, and more. Click through and tell us if the 10 images we’ve got on display pass your ethical test. Read More→

 
 

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