The Kirtland’s Warbler: Michigan’s Special Bird
At a time when the world is seeing its species rapidly go extinct, the Kirtland’s Warbler is not just a survivor, it’s a rock star. People from all over the world come to northern Michigan every year to view this endangered species in its jack pine habitat. When its total population fell below 400 birds 25 years ago, a small group of dedicated biologists, researchers and volunteers vowed to save the Kirtland’s Warbler from extinction despite long odds. This presentation examines the dramatic events that led to its precarious state, its emergence as a lightning rod for controversy, and how strong leadership, vision, commitment, sustained effort and cooperation came together to conserve a beautiful and unusual bird.