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Kirtland's warbler (Dendroica kirtlandii)
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The Kirtland's warbler, an endangered species, is a songbird that nests in young jack pine stands. Until 1995 Kirtland’s warblers had only been known to nest in the northern part of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. Today, they also nest in the Upper Peninsula, and since 2007, have nested in Wisconsin and Canada. They migrate from their nesting grounds to the southeastern coast of the United States on their way to wintering grounds in the Bahamas.
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Long-term Management for Kirtland's Warbler
As a conservation-reliant species, the Kirtland’s warbler will always be dependent on annual habitat management and control of parasitic cowbirds. Although recovery goals have been met, provisions for continued management must be ensured before Endangered Species Act protection can be removed for the Kirtland's. A first step is a Memorandum of Agreement signed by partner agencies.
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Kirtland's Warbler in Michigan
Kirtland's Warbler in Wisconsin
Until 1995 Kirtland’s warblers had only been known to nest in the northern part of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. Since then they have expanded their range to the Upper Peninsula, Wisconsin and Canada. Nesting was first documented in
Wisconsin in 2007. Below is information about the Kirtland's in Wisconsin.
Natural History and Regulatory Information:
Recovery is the process used to restore threatened and endangered species to the point that protection under the Endangered Species Act is no longer needed.
Last updated: May 21, 2013