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Black-and-white Warbler (Mniotilta varia)

Posted on May 27, 2016

Here is a Black-and-white Warbler (Mniotilta varia) performing a tree insect inspection a couple of weeks ago during the height of their migration through our region. This is a brilliantly marked male with quite a bit of black on his face, throat, breast, wings – everywhere.

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Whenever I post Black-and-white Warblers on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram I happen to notice how many people truly love them. Many of our neotropical migrants are well liked by even the non-birder, but everyone – everyone! – seems to go crazy over these classy birds, often declared a “favorite” species. The order of, “Learn it, Love it, Protect it!” changes sometimes, and we have to keep educating people who love these birds but know so little about them on what we can do as a society to protect them for centuries to come.

Scott Kruitbosch
Conservation & Outreach Coordinator