Chuck Hagner

Detailed-oriented editor, successful writer, and best-selling author

United States

Author of the American Birding Association Field Guide to Birds of Wisconsin (Scott & Nix, Nov. 2019) and two other books about birds and bird watching. Successful appeal and annual report writer.

Former editor-in-chief of BirdWatching Magazine and former staff writer and editor at Time-Life Books. Director of Bird City Wisconsin. Freelance clients include the World Bank, Scott & Nix, the Global Environment Facility, Princeton University Press, and others.

Contact: [email protected]

Princeton University Press
Spiders of North America

I edited the manuscript of this beautiful addition to the Princeton Field Guide series. Written by expert Sarah Rose, the book describes more than 500 of the most common and interesting spiders found in North America.

Princeton University Press
Common Bees of Eastern North America

I was honored to cold-edit this beautiful 288-page volume by Olivia Messinger Carril and Joseph S. Wilson, a welcome addition to Princeton's field guide series and the first species-level photographic field guide to the bees seen most commonly in the eastern United States and Canada.

ABA and Scott & Nix
American Birding Association Field Guide to Birds of Hawai'i

I was delighted to have the opportunity to edit the manuscript of this informative and beautiful new field guide by Helen and André F. Raine, about islands I've read so much about and so want to visit. The book is the latest addition to the series that includes my field guide to birds of Wisconsin, published in November 2019.

ABA and Scott & Nix
American Birding Association Field Guide to Birds of Wisconsin

I wrote this 368-page book, the latest in the ABA's popular and growing series of state guides. It tells how to identify and where to find all 262 of Wisconsin’s regularly occurring species, plus dozens of birds that appear only casually or rarely -- 299 birds in all. Well-known professional bird and nature photographer Brian E. Small provided more than 470 large color photos.

Princeton University Press
Dinosaur Facts and Figures

I enjoyed copyediting this illustrated book about Tyrannosaurus rex and all the other theropod dinosaurs that ruled our planet for millions of years.

Princeton University Press
Gulls Simplified

I cold-read this unique photographic field guide to North America's gulls from Pete Dunne and Kevin Karlson. In true Pete style, it provides a comparative approach to identification that concentrates on the size, structure, and basic plumage features. Gone are the often-confusing plumage details found in traditional guides.

Princeton University Press
Birds of Central America

I was honored to cold-read this beautiful book by Andrew C. Vallely and Dale Dyer, the first comprehensive field guide to the avifauna of the entire region, including Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama.

Western Great Lakes Bird and Bat Observatory
2018 Annual Report

It was pleasure to compile this annual report for the Western Great Lakes Bird and Bat Observatory, the only Wisconsin organization conducting both offshore and near-shore waterbird monitoring and the only full-time bird observatory on Lake Michigan.

Princeton University Press
Amazing Arachnids

If you've ever come across an interesting spider, tick, or scorpion out west, you'll enjoy this book. I can recommend it because I cold-read it.

ABA Blog
A Stillness Beneath the Waves

A review by Charles Hagner The Death and Life of the Great Lakes, by Dan Egan W.W. Norton, 2017 364 pages, hardcover I have driven around its southern end more times than I can recall. I've traced its contours from the windows of jet planes. And I've crossed it by ferry.

Western Great Lakes Bird and Bat Observatory
2017 Annual Report

The Western Great Lakes Bird and Bat Observatory was founded in 2010 to conduct coordinated research, monitoring, and education that advances the conservation of birds and bats in Wisconsin and throughout the Western Great Lakes Region.

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Good Birders Still Don't Wear White

I contributed the essay "Why I'm a Patch Birder" to this collection. I tell how the birds I spotted on weekly birdwatching trips helped change a community's view of a neglected local park.

Exploring Portugal

Southern Portugal is a great place for birders from the New World to discover the birds of the Old.

Year in review 2016: The 50 most important stories about birds and birders

What a year 2016 was! Bald Eagles made history. A Spix's Macaw was sighted in the wild. Birding in Cuba became significantly easier. And participants in the Great Backyard Bird Count and Global Big Day set records, while a Dutch birder broke Noah Strycker's world Big Year mark.

Make room, New Caledonian Crow! Hawaiian Crow uses tools, too!

Tool use is extremely rare in the animal kingdom. According to estimates, the behavior has been documented in less than one percent of all known genera, and in an even smaller percentage of species. Among the few birds that use tools is New Caledonian Crow, which can be found only on a Pacific archipelago located 750 miles east of Australia.

Six photos show how to recognize young Bald Eagles

A regal-looking Bald Eagle appears on the cover of our October 2016, on sale now at Barnes & Noble and other newsstands. We chose the species to call attention to Joe Trezza's feature story about Vito and Linda, New York City's history-making Bald Eagle pair.

Western Great Lakes Bird and Bat Observatory
2016 Annual Report

The Western Great Lakes Bird and Bat Observatory was founded in 2010 to conduct coordinated research, monitoring, and education that advances the conservation of birds and bats in Wisconsin and throughout the Western Great Lakes Region.

Five Peregrine Falcon nests worth watching this spring

No, the warblers and grosbeaks haven't arrived yet - at least not here in southeastern Wisconsin - but spring is in full swing, and we've gathered five webcam pictures to prove it. They show Peregrine Falcons that are already sitting on eggs in Evanston, Bowling Green, Baltimore, Omaha, and Milwaukee.

Shooting works: Spotted Owl numbers increase after Barred Owls are removed

Two studies have deepened the ethical dilemma faced by biologists tasked with saving the controversial, threatened Northern Spotted Owl. The first, an analysis of data collected between 1985 and 2013 at 11 study areas in northern California, Oregon, and Washington, indicates that federal listing in 1990 and reductions in timber harvests have failed to halt the subspecies' decline, calculated to be four percent annually.

Year in review: The 50 most important stories about birds and birdwatchers of 2015

The Big Year listing record was broken - no, shattered. Kirtland's Warblers in Wisconsin and Peregrine Falcons in Florida set records, while counters in Duluth tallied 90,000 birds. In a single day. Zapata Rail was finally spotted, a long-lost hummingbird was photographed, and a parrot once thought extinct was tagged.

Far-flying Blackpoll Warbler crosses continent before crossing ocean

We sure have learned a lot about tiny Blackpoll Warbler recently. First came irrefutable evidence, provided by the revolutionary tracking devices known as light-level geolocators, that the warbler flies nonstop over the Atlantic Ocean from New England and eastern Canada to South America each fall.

Study: Insect-eating birds decline where bee-killing neonicotinoids are present

A new study has linked neonicotinoids, the best-selling insecticides in the world, to declining populations of insect-eating birds. Researchers in the Netherlands combed through the results of years of local water-quality measurements and breeding-bird surveys and then compared concentrations of imidacloprid, the most widely used neonicotinoid, with population trends for 15 Old World songbirds that either depend on insects during the breeding season or eat nothing but insects year-round.

Seabirds by Sail

For intimate views of puffins, shearwaters, and other birds, nothing beats a cruise on a historic schooner.

Subarctic Treasure

Sparkling new, the Churchill Northern Studies Centre wows birders while minimizing their impact.

Cabin Life
Hidden in Plain Sight

Beautiful, powerful Great Horned Owl may be easier to see than you think.

The Company We've Kept

For 25 years, an impressive cast of heroes and geniuses have been exploring and expanding the birder’s world.

Michigan's Hawk Mountain

Why a mountain on Michigan's northernmost peninsula may be the best place in the country to watch northbound hawks in spring.

Birder's World
The Middle of It All

Located at the midpoint of a flyway and between two great refuges, Great Bend, Kansas, is the perfect place to shake a case of the winter blues.

Houghton Mifflin
Good Birders Don't Wear White

The biggest names in birding dispense advice to birders of every level, on topics ranging from feeding birds to fishing to pelagic birding.

Stackpole Books
Guide to Ducks and Geese

This straightforward guide will help you put a name to every duck or goose you'll find in North America.

Stackpole Books
Wings of Spring

How birds migrate, select a mate, choose a nest site, and raise young, portrayed in words and pictures. Winner, Design and Artistic Merit, National Outdoor Book Awards, 2006.

Nature Conservancy
Finding Treasure in a Frozen Land

How cold is 12 degrees below zero? I can tell you. Twelve below is about as far away from spring as I've ever been. And it's precisely how cold it was in early March, when I set out on snowshoes to find birds in northeastern Minnesota.

Birder's World
Frequent Flyers

Millions of migrating Western Sandpipers make Alaska’s Copper River Delta a birding hotspot without equal.