Endangered and Disappearing Birds of the Midwest

Endangered and Disappearing Birds of the Midwest

Matt Williams
Distribution: Global
Publication date: 08/01/2018
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 978-0-253-03527-1
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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

“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.”
 — Jim Williams, Minneapolis Star Tribune

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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