Kirtland's Warbler Tours

Kirtland's warbler tours are available from the U.S. Forest Service and Michigan Audubon Society.  Enjoy this incredible opportunity to observe the endangered Kirtland’s warbler and view nesting areas.  Learn about the conservation success story of the Kirtland’s warbler and how it escaped the brink of extinction.  These guided tours represent exclusive opportunities to view this endangered songbird, as Kirtland’s warbler nesting areas in northern Michigan will be closed and posted against public entry during the nesting season.

The Michigan Audubon Society will conduct guided tours from Grayling, Michigan.  Please contact the Michigan Audubon Society for more detailed information using the contacts below.  

The U.S. Forest Service will conduct tours on the Huron-Manistee National Forest. Please contact the U.S. Forest Service for more detailed information using the contacts listed below.

Actual sighting of the Kirtland’s warbler is not guaranteed.  Most male Kirtland’s warblers arrive on the breeding grounds between May 1st and May 18th (means range between May 12th and May 15th), with the first females arriving a week or so after the first males. The best period for seeing the warbler is during late May and the month of June.  After July 1, viewing opportunities diminish. Participants are encouraged to bring binoculars and spotting scopes.  

Groups of 5 or more should contact the offices listed below for reservations. Playing recorded warbler songs or the use of any other attraction methods will not be allowed. Special efforts will not be made for photographers.

For more information:

U.S. Forest Service

Mio Ranger District

107 McKinley Road 

Mio, Michigan 48647

(989) 826-3252


Michigan Audubon

2310 Science Parkway, Suite 200

Okemos, MI 48864



Michigan Audubon Society's Kirtland's Warbler - includes tour information



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