Clara Chaisson

Clara Chaisson

Clara Chaisson is a reporter for Audubon Magazine.

Articles by this Author

Published: 05/19/2014

From shy, chicken-sized kiwis to 200-pound, lion-kicking ostriches, the ratites--flightless birds--are a diverse bunch. Unlike their airborne relatives, ratites have primitive, reptilian palates and flat, unkeeled sternums that make it impossible for flight muscles to take anchor. Because they are comparatively poor long-distance travelers, their evolution into such widely dispersed and varied forms has long presented an ornithological mystery.

Published: 06/04/2014

To a hungry seabird, a commercial fishing boat is like a floating, all-you-can-eat buffet. Large quantities of unwanted catch often get tossed back in the water, and enterprising seabirds happily feast on these discards.

But new research out of the University of Exeter suggests that the boats impact seabird feeding behavior over a much greater distance than previously thought. The study is the first to estimate the ecological influence of individual fishing vessels.

Published: 06/10/2014

Coffee farmers--and birds--could benefit from a shift toward shade-grown crops, researchers say.

Published: 07/11/2014

The light falls just right in Melanie Gloster's backyard.

Published: 07/14/2014

Kurt Wecker lies in wait for an elusive owl.

Published: 07/18/2014

Patrick Dennen snaps a sleepy cygnet.

Published: 07/24/2014

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A recent taxonomic review identified 361 new bird species--and a quarter of them are threatened.

Published: 07/25/2014

From football stadiums to your own kitchen window, here's your guide to bird-safe glass.

Published: 07/29/2014

Building insect hotels may support beneficial bugs.

Published: 08/07/2014

Linda Hoopes gets to know a playful chickadee.