Jim McCormacJim worked for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources for 31 years, much of it as a botanist. He was inaugural president of the Ohio Ornithological Society, and served for seven years as secretary of the Ohio Bird Records Committee. Jim was the 2009 recipient of the Ludlow Griscom award, given annually by the American Birding Association to individuals who have made significant regional contributions to ornithology.

He is author of Birds of Ohio (Lone Pine 2004); The Great Lakes Nature Guide (Lone Pine 2009); and Wild Ohio: The Best of Our Natural Heritage (Kent State University Press 2009). The latter won the 2010 Ohioana Book award. He has also coauthored three other books, including the Ohio Breeding Bird Atlas II (2016).

Jim writes a column, Nature, for the Columbus Dispatch, and a photography column for Bird Watcher’s Digest. He has authored or co-authored over 100 scientific and popular articles in a variety of publications. The League of Ohio Sportsmen gave him the Conservation Communicator of the Year award in 2015.

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