Sneed B. Collard, III :: Warblers & Woodpeckers


Sneed B. Collard, III

Reading and Signing


Tuesday, October 23rd



Join us for an engaging author presentation, Q&A, and book signing with Missoula nature writer Sneed B. Collard, III in support of his newly released memoir "Warblers & Woodpeckers: A Father-Son Big Year of Birding" published by Mountaineers Books.

From the killer bee-infested border region of southeast Arizona to the sultry islands of the Galapagos, Warblers & Woodpeckers recounts the quest of a father and his thirteen-year-old son to see as many birds as possible in a single year. With a measured blend of humor, natural history, and adventure, this tale takes readers to great birding hotspots of America and beyond, both to experience their incredible avian wealth and to experience the focused, often eccentric, world of ornithological travel. Along the way, readers share the ups and downs of the relationship between a father and his teenage son.

Writer Sneed Collard and his son Braden set out to establish their own personal Big Year bird species count record. In Warblers & Woodpeckers, Sneed shares the excitement, challenges, perils, and insights that come with crisscrossing the country in search of some of Earth’s most remarkable creatures. It’s a father-and-son tale, in which the adventure is in the journey and the surprising discoveries and encounters with our wondrous feathered friends. Sneed brings a fast-paced yet generous voice to the attempt, and readers of all stripes will appreciate the way backyard birders can create their own Big Year.

"What makes this big-year book different is the father-son bonding element . . . the picture of a teenager that emerges has the ring of truth. A proficient storyteller, Collard writes with style about their travels together . . ." —Kirkus Reviews

Sneed B. Collard III is the author of more than seventy-five books, along with countless magazine articles for both children and adults. He is the recipient of the Washington Post Children’s Book Guild Nonfiction Award for his body of work, while one of his newest titles for kids, Hopping Ahead of Climate Change: Snowshoe Hares, Science, and Survival, was a finalist for 2016’s AAAS/Subaru Science Books & Films Prize for Excellence in Science Books. The Collards live in Missoula, Montana, and you can learn more about Sneed at and his father-son birding at


Event date: 
Tuesday, October 23, 2018 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
220 N Higgins Ave.
Missoula, MT 59802-4435
Warblers & Woodpeckers: A Father-Son Big Year of Birding Cover Image
ISBN: 9781680511369
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Mountaineers Books - August 17th, 2018