Mid Michigan Community College invites you to attend a Conservation & Nature Club presentation focused on the Kirtland’s Warbler. The presentation will take place 5pm-6pm on Tuesday, March 14 in the Community Room on the Mt. Pleasant Campus at 2600 South Summerton Road.

The Kirtland’s Warbler (Setophaga kirtlandii), one of North America’s rarest songbirds, was one of the first species listed as federally endangered. It breeds almost exclusively in Michigan in young jack-pine forests and winters in Bahamas scrub. Intensive management of jack-pine forests, coupled with control of the Brown-headed Cowbird (Molothrus ater), a nest parasite of the Kirtland’s Warblers, has succeeded in increasing the number of Kirtland’s Warbler singing males from a low of 167 in 1987 to a high of approximately 2,100 in 2015. In The Bahamas, it appears that several conservation approaches will be needed to protect and maintain scrub with the three species of shrubs on which it feeds extensively. Dr. Dave Ewert of The Nature Conservancy will cover the ecology and conservation of the Kirtland’s Warbler during the breeding season, winter season, and migration, which will provide an overview of what is needed to protect this iconic species of the upper Midwest.

For more information, contact Ryan Dziedzic at (989) 386-6622 extension 116 or ryan.dziedzic@gmail.com. KirtlandsWarbler.jpg
 
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