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Purbita Saha

location-pin New Jersey

School: University of Connecticut

Expertise: Birding, climate change, biology, female birds, insects, travel

Purbita Saha

  • Contributor to Birds & Blooms
  • Former senior associate editor at Audubon
  • Former senior deputy editor at Popular Science
  • On-air guest at Science Friday
  • Co-host of BirdNote’s longform podcast “Bring Birds Back”
  • 2022 National Magazine Award winner 
  • Cofounder of the Galbatross Project


Purbita is a science journalist, birder, and feature writer for Birds & Blooms. She previously was an editor at Audubon magazine and Popular Science. She is also a cofounder of the Galbatross Project, which aims to gather knowledge about female birds to aid bird lovers and conservation efforts. When she’s not gawking at weird ducks and warbler butts or filling her feeders, Purbita volunteers with Feminist Bird Club-Jersey City and her local Audubon chapters.


Bachelor of science in ecology and evolutionary biology and bachelors of arts in journalism from the University of Connecticut

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