Kirtland’s warbler no longer needs Endangered Species Act protection.
It’s still adorable. Still a tourist attraction. Still a far better choice than the boring ol’ robin as Michigan’s state bird, its fans will tell you, and they might soon try to make that official.
(U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — The Kirtland’s warbler, a colorful songbird that was nearly wiped out by habitat loss and a wily rival, has bounced back and is ready for removal from the endangered species list, federal officials said. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed dropping legal protections for the warbler but acknowledged efforts will be…
Wisconsin’s population has grown from only 11 Kirtland’s warblers and three nests documented in 2007 to 53 birds and 20 total nests in 2017.
But the birds are particular about where they nest, which contributes to the uncertainty about their stay in Wisconsin.