Wood-Warblers: The Rest of the Story

 

In a spectacular and unrivaled migratory tidal wave, over one billion warblers temporarily colonize North America each year. These colorful sprites winter in Mexico, Central and South America, and the Caribbean. Thirty-eight species breed east of the Mississippi, and most of them are intricately linked to the ecology of the vast eastern deciduous forest. Native plants spawn food chains that are essential to the survival of warblers and most other songbirds.

 

Jim McCormac Bio

 

Jim works for the Ohio Division of Wildlife, specializing in nongame wildlife diversity issues, especially birds. Prior to that, he was a botanist with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. Jim was the 2009 recipient of the Ludlow Griscom award, given annually by the American Birding Association to individuals who have made significant regional contributions to ornithology. He is author of Birds of Ohio (Lone Pine 2004); The Great Lakes Nature Guide (Lone Pine 2009); and Wild Ohio: The Best of Our Natural Heritage (Kent State University Press 2009). The latter won the 2010 Ohioana Book award. Jim writes a column, Nature, for the Columbus Dispatch, and has authored or co-authored over 100 scientific and popular articles in a variety of publications. He is at work on a book about wood-warblers, which is slated for release in 2013.