In this issue: vote for your favorite avian athletes, view the Audubon photo awards top 100 images, and show your love for birds.

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Audubon Newsletter

February 2014

Kakapo | Frans Lanting

Kakapo. (Photo by Frans Lanting)

Birds' Surprising Sense of Smell

For more than a century conventional wisdom held that most birds had little, or no, sense of smell. A small, passionate cadre of scientists is working to set the record straight. They’ve proved that Kakapos, nocturnal parrots, use their keen sense of smell to find food at night. Albatrosses can sniff out dinner from miles away on the open sea. And an array of songbirds relies on smell for everything from finding a mate to detecting predators. Read More→

Red-headed Woodpecker | David Boltz

Red-headed Woodpecker. (Photo by David Boltz)

Amazing Athletes of the Avian World

Did you know a Red-headed Woodpecker can exert up to 10 Gs of force while drilling into trees!? Or that a Red-breasted Merganser can zip through the sky at 80 miles per hour? While human athletes are showing off their skills on the slopes and rinks of Sochi, we’re celebrating the amazing abilities of birds. Vote for your favorite avian athletic feats in the Audubon Winter Games to determine which birds take home the gold. Vote Now→

Great Egret | Sala Baazizi

Great Egret. (Photo by Sala Baazizi)

Audubon Photo Awards Top 100

Nearly 900 photographers contributed almost 6,000 images to the 2013 Audubon photo awards. We’ve selected the top 100, a group of images that represent only the tip of a very impressive iceberg. Thank you to everyone who entered. Happy viewing! View the Slideshow→

Get Involved

Acidic drainage from a copper mine | Sean Mack/NASA American Goldfinches | Joel Sartore

Acidic drainage from a copper mine (Photo by Sean Mack/NASA)


American Goldfinches. (Photo by Joel Sartore)


Wetlands at Risk

Proposed Minnesota Mine Threatens Birdlife

Acidic drainage from a proposed open-pit copper-nickel mine in northern Minnesota could seep into wetlands and waterways that enter Lake Superior, affecting aquatic organisms and the birds—including Belted Kingfishers, Hooded Mergansers, Common Terns, and Common Loons—that depend on them. Send a public comment to stop the mine.

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Get Counting!

Sign Up for the Great Backyard Bird Count

Grab your binoculars and record your sightings during the 17th annual Great Backyard Bird Count, February 14-17. Anyone can participate in this fun, free, and easy citizen science program. The data collected help scientists track bird populations across the globe. Get Started Now→

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