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Kirtland's Warbler: Kirtland's Warbler

This LibGuide shows readers how to find information about the Kirtland's warbler.

Welcome . . .

. . . to the Kirtland's Warbler LibGuide.

Our school, Kirtland Community College, was named in honor of the endangered Kirtland's warbler by its first board of trustees back in 1966 because our main campus sits in the middle of the tiny songbird's nesting area.

And today, nearly 50 years later, the college library houses the Kirtland's Warbler Recovery Archive that was compiled through the Kirtland's Warbler Legacy Project. The archive, which extends as far back as 1904, includes personal and public documents from many people and agencies that were instrumental in the recovery efforts of the Kirtland's warbler.

The library staff welcomes you to visit us if you are looking for additional specific and detailed information on the Kirtland's warbler. We are located at 10755 North St. Helen Road, Roscommon, MI 48653. 

And within this LibGuide you'll find relevant links, books and articles on the Kirtland's warbler, which was saved from extinction over the past 40 or so years.


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Kirtland's Warbler


(Photo by Ron Austing. Used with permission of Phil Huber, USFS Huron-Manistee National Forests)
At their low, only 167 singing male Kirtland's warblers (Setophaga kirtlandii) were counted in the 1987 census. As of 2013, that number had increased to 2,004 singing males in Michigan (2,026 rangewide).

The Kirtland's warbler specialized breeding habitat consists almost exclusively of large stands of young jack pine trees on loose, sandy soil throughout an area of only about  500 square miles in the northeastern portion of Michigan's Lower Peninsula. A futher complication is that brown-headed cowbirds often deposit their eggs in warbler nests, reducing the survival of warbler young.

In the fall, the birds migrate to The Bahamas for the winter.


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