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My Hit Single: Are Warblers Less Important Than Tigers?

Tigers Are Less Important Than Warblers

I had promised on this blog a long while ago that I would scan and make available online a copy of my article “Are Warblers Less Important Than Tigers?”. This article was published in the long-out-of-print (but update: still available via Amazon) book “In Danger” edited by Paola Manfredi (with photographs by Joanna van Gruisen who was the one who spotted my essay and solicited it for the book) for the Ranthambhore Foundation in India. To my continuing pleasant surprise and gratitude, this article continues to resonate with people in India (and elsewhere). It has been reprinted and anthologized several times. I keep getting requests (two in the past week) from people who want to reprint it, distribute it among students or citizens interested in conservation, and continue to share it widely. For what I was then told, as a Ph.D. student, to consider a rather frivolous bit of writing because it was not SERIOUS SCIENCE published in a PEER REVIEWED JOURNAL, this essay has probably had a much broader impact than many of my more serious science papers. Depending on how one measures such impact, of course, and something for my more serious scientist colleagues to consider as some of them keep looking down upon time spent writing for a broader audience outside of peer-reviewed journals.

Anyway, pardon me for being late in keeping my promise, but I have finally scanned the original article, and invite you to read and share it as you please. Do let me know what you think of it too, if so inclined.

Here it is, my Hit Single: