Invasive Reptiles Are Taking Over Florida—and Devouring Its Birds Along the Way

“Birds like Roseate Spoonbills and Burrowing Owls are ending up in the stomachs of hungry pythons and Nile monitors. Is it too late to stop them?”

Source: Audubon
Published: Sep 5, 2018
Length: 18 minutes (4,733 words)

Inside the Biomedical Revolution to Save Horseshoe Crabs and the Shorebirds That Need Them

Horseshoe crab blood is used in tests that detect endotoxin, but extracting the blood has stressed the crab population, and the migratory birds that feed on their eggs have suffered catastrophic population decline, too. One Eli Lilly biologist is leading the charge to save the crabs and birds by switching to a synthetic. It helps that he’s a birder.

Source: Audubon
Published: May 13, 2018
Length: 11 minutes (2,813 words)

Behind the Scenes With the World’s Top Feather Detective

How do you tell the difference between a poached Lampornis clemenciae hummingbird and a Amazilia violiceps? Ask the feather detective, Pepper Trail. He works at the world’s only wildlife forensics lab. Colleagues fear what will happen when he retires.

 

Source: Audubon
Published: Dec 1, 2016
Length: 10 minutes (2,514 words)