Endangered and Disappearing Birds of the Midwest

Endangered and Disappearing Birds of the Midwest

Matt Williams
Distribution: Global
Publication date: 08/01/2018
ISBN: 978-0-253-03531-8
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From the birds who wake us in the morning with their cheerful chorus to those who flock to our feeders and brighten a gloomy winter day, birds fascinate us with their lively and interesting behavior and provide essential services from controlling pest populations to pollinating crops. And yet for all the benefits they provide, many species across Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio are in danger of extinction due to loss of habitat, agricultural expansion, changing forest conditions, and interactions with humans.

In Endangered and Disappearing Birds of the Midwest, Matt Williams profiles forty of the most beautiful and interesting birds who winter, breed, or migrate through the Midwest and whose populations are most in danger of disappearing from the region. Each profile includes the current endangered status of the species, a description of the bird's vocal and nesting patterns, and tips to help readers identify them, along with stunning color images and detailed migration maps.

An exquisite and timely examination of our feathered friends, Endangered and Disappearing Birds of the Midwest is a call to action to protect these vulnerable and gorgeous creatures that enliven our world.

Author Bio

Matt Williams is Director of Conservation Programs at the Nature Conservancy, where he has worked for more than 16 years, and is a specialist in prescribed fire and endangered species management. He is author and photographer of Indiana State Parks: A Centennial Celebration and photographer of The Complete Guide to Indiana State Parks.


“The Midwest can claim an abundance of beautiful and fascinating birds, but unfortunately, some of them are at risk of vanishing. Read this book's informative text and linger over Matt Williams's stunning photography, and you'll agree that these treasures of birdlife are worth saving. I highly recommend Endangered and Disappearing Birds of the Midwest to anyone who cares about the natural world.”
 — Kenn Kaufman, birder, naturalist, and author of Kaufman Field Guide to Birds of North America

“In this colorful and easy-to-read book, Williams highlights 40 species of birds that winter, breed, or migrate in the Midwest and which are at risk due to small or quickly declining numbers.”
 — Choice Reviews

“This is a magical book. Beautiful, important, and magical. . . . It is handsomely designed, 214 pages hardbound, with large colorful range maps, and beautiful color printing, a substantial book, worthy of its purpose. . . . This is not a book for the dusty future. It is for now. Use the book. Share it. Wear it out.”
 — Minneapolis Star Tribune

    "The book is colorful and informative. Readers will want to linger over the sumptuous photographs, but it’s clear Williams hopes his overarching message comes through clearly."”
     — Daily Journal

    “"The 8-by-10-inch hardback book has beautiful illustrations of birds, from small warblers to the larger black-billed cukoo and the whooping crane."”
     — Hoosier Times

    “"Bottom line: this book is worth owning just for the pictures. It would be a wonderful gift for any birder on your list."”
     — Wapsipinicon Almanac

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    Table of Contents


    1. Northern Bobwhite

    2. Greater Prairie-Chicken

    3. Yellow-billed Cuckoo

    4. Black-billed Cuckoo

    5. Whooping Crane

    6. Piping Plover

    7. Marbled Godwit

    8. Red Knot

    9. Dunlin

    10. Pectoral Sandpiper

    11. Semipalmated Sandpiper

    12. American Woodcock

    13. Willet

    14. Lesser Yellowlegs

    15. Herring Gull

    16. Snowy Owl

    17. Short-eared Owl

    18. Red-headed Woodpecker

    19. Loggerhead Shrike

    20. Horned Lark

    21. Bank Swallow

    22. Wood Thrush

    23. Pine Siskin

    24. Evening Grosbeak

    25. Snow Bunting

    26. Golden-winged Warbler

    27. Prothonotary Warbler

    28. Kentucky Warbler

    29. Kirtland’s Warbler

    30. Cape May Warbler

    31. Cerulean Warbler

    32. Blackpoll Warbler

    33. Prairie Warbler

    34. Canada Warbler

    35. Wilson’s Warbler

    36. Field Sparrow

    37. Grasshopper Sparrow

    38. Henslow’s Sparrow

    39. Bobolink

    40. Eastern Meadowlark