In this issue: Announcing the Audubon Avian Awards, Barbara Kingsolver's new novel, winter gardening, and spectacular photos

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Great Egret | Credit: Tom Merigan
Announcing the Audubon Avian Awards
With Tinseltown gathering to celebrate its biggest stars on Sunday, it's the perfect time to honor standout performances in the bird world. Vote for your favorites as 16 birds vie for top honors in four different categories, including best song and most remarkable migrant. Vote now.

VIDEO: When Squirrels Attack (Your Feeder)

Squirrel at feeder | Credit: Dave Lundy/Flickr Creative Commons  
You've gotta hand it to squirrels—not much gets between them and a feeder full of bird seed. The Cornell Lab of Ornithology polled backyard birders on their tactics for winning the feeder wars. See the best answers, and watch one intrepid rodent overcome all manner of obstacles to get a free meal. After watching the video, how can you not admire squirrels' determination and skillfulness? Watch video.


Kingsolver's Flight Behavior a Timely Climate Chronicle

Black Oystercatcher | Credit: Jeff Larsen 
President Obama has helped raise the profile of climate change again in a big way. That's why novelist and social crusader Barbara Kingsolver's latest novel comes at such an important time. Her new book explores climate change, human frailty, and the mixed blessing of a sudden bloom of butterflies. Kingsolver spoke with Audubon editor Michele Berger to explore questions such as "How can we all be looking at climate change and believe different things about it?" Read more.
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Black-capped Chickadee | Credit: Chris Smith/Flickr Creative Commons

WINTER GARDENING
Native Berries Are Avian Super Food

Who knew the Northern bayberry was more than 50 percent fat? Apparently Black-capped Chickadees do. It's one of the foods small songbirds gorge on to survive freezing nights. Use this handy guide to turn your backyard into a refueling station.


Greater Roadrunner | Credit: Hector Astorga/Audubon magazine photo awards

AMAZING PHOTOS
See the Top Shots from Our Photo Awards

This year's Audubon Magazine Photo Awards yielded a bumper crop of arresting images. Here for your enjoyment and inspiration are 100 of the very best.

Photos: Great Egret - Tom Merigan; Gray squirrel - Dave Lundy/Flickr Creative Commons; Monarch Butterfly - ©2008 Kym Farnik/Flickr Creative Commons; Black-capped Chickadee - Out of Chicago/Flickr Creative Commons; Greater Roadrunner - Hector Astorga/Audubon Magazine Photo Awards

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