In this issue: Roseate Spoonbills under threat, how to identify chickadees, Audubon magazine photo awards and more.

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Audubon Newsletter

August 2013

Roseate Spoonbill

Roseate Spoonbill (Photo by Rebecca Field)

Shrinking Roseate Spoonbill Population Spurs Action

Roger Tory Peterson called it "one of the most breathtaking of the world's weirdest birds." A century ago plumage hunters drove the Roseate Spoonbill to the edge of oblivion. Now, after decades of painstaking recovery efforts, the bird may again be headed for trouble. As poor water management and development afflict southern Florida, scientists are rushing to reverse recent population declines. Read More→

Cedar Waxwing

Cedar Waxwing. (Illustration by John Muir Laws)

Win a Guide to Drawing Birds

As a thank you to all our devoted friends and activists, we're giving away 10 copies of John Muir Laws' acclaimed Laws Guide to Drawing Birds. The Washington Post hails Laws as a "modern Audubon." Experienced artists and newbies alike will find inspiration in these sumptuous pages. To enter, visit the link below and leave a comment along with your email address (it won't appear on the website). Read More→


Which chickadee is this? (Photo by Kenn and Kimberly Kaufman)

Name That Chickadee

Distinguishing a Carolina from a Black-capped Chickadee can stump even a veteran birder. This ID challenge pops up in the eastern U.S., where their ranges overlap, bird expert Kenn Kaufman explains in his latest blog post. Check out his pointers for telling the two distinct species—surprisingly similar in appearance and voice—apart. Read More→

Get Involved

Great Lakes Great Blue Heron

Great Lakes. (Photo by NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center)


Great Blue Heron. (Photo by Michael Harold Sewell)


Contact Representatives

Restore Bird Conservation Funding

A proposed House appropriations bill would make draconian cuts to a number of programs that protect and restore birds, other wildlife, and habitat. Large-scale restoration projects in the Great Lakes and Long Island Sound, which have recently made strong gains in reversing decades of decline, are among those on the chopping block. Tell your representative to preserve critical conservation programs.

Take Action Now

Last Call

Send Your Best Shots by September 4

The Fifth Annual Audubon Magazine Photography Contest deadline is coming up fast, but there's still time to send in your best shots and vie for prizes. You could win Tamron lenses, a Hurtigruten Norwegian cruise, or a stay at Peru's Inkaterra Hotels and The Lodge at Pico Bonito, Honduras. Winners' photos will appear in Audubon magazine and in Nature's Best Photography magazine. Good luck! Read More→

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