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Kirtlands Warbler
Wildlife Management Area

male Kirtland's warbler on jack pine bough

Northern Lower Peninsula, MI   
E-mail: kirtlandswarblerrefuge@fws.gov
Phone Number: 906-586-9851
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The area protects habitat for the Federally endangered Kirtland's warbler.
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Beginning in the 1990s, the population began to increase in response to habitat management that occurred in the 1970s and 1980s through a multi-agency effort. By 2003, the total estimated population of singing male Kirtland's warblers was 1,202. The majority of birds are now found on land managed by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and the United States Forest Service.

In response to the need for more land dedicated to the restoration of this species, the Fish and Wildlife Service established the wildlife management area in the early 1980s due, in part, to the recommendations of the Kirtland's Warbler Recovery Team. The original goal was to acquire 7,500 acres of land on which habitat would be managed for the benefit of Kirtland's warbler. At present, the area contains 119 separate tracts totaling 6,684 acres.

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