Swainson's Warbler

Gary R. Graves / Smithsonian Institution
October 30, 2014
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The Swainson’s warbler (Limnothlypis swainsonii) is one of the rarest and most secretive songbirds in North America, prized by birdwatchers in the southeastern U.S. hoping to catch a glimpse of it in the wild or hear its beautiful ringing song. In October 2014, National Museum of Natural History scientist Gary Graves published a new study compiling 20 years of research that suggests forests managed as short-rotation pine plantations could support the majority of Swainson’s warbler breeding populations by the end of the 21st century. (Photo by Gary R. Graves / Smithsonian Institution)