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Neat Facts the Kirtland’s Warbler:
- The Kirtland’s Warbler is considered an endemic species (meaning it’s range is restricted to a specific geographical region), in spring/summer the Kirtland’s Warbler only breeds in small portions of young Jack’s Pine forest in Northern Michigan, Southern Ontario, and more recently Northern Wisconsin. The Kirtland’s Warbler winters in dense undergrowth in the Bahama’s and Turks and Caicos.
- Kirtland’s Warbler breeding habitat requires at least 80 acres of young Jack Pine forest. For this reason, the Kirtland’s Warbler is also known as the Jack Pine Warbler.
- Speculation for why the Kirtland’s Warbler only breeds in young Jack Pine forest holds that they require the dense pine branches on the lower portions of the tree to conceals its nest (which is constructed on the ground), once the tree reaches 15 years old, the lower branches begin to die and no longer offer protection.
- According to surveys the Kirtland’s Warbler population was under 500 for much of the 1970s and 1980s, and in 1994 only 6.9 miles of suitable breeding habitat was determined to be available. It was at this point a major effort was undertaken to preserve the species. Conservation groups identified the two biggest threats to Kirtland’s Warblers as #1: Lack of young Jack Pine Forest and #2: Brown-Headed Cowbird Parasitism.
- Thanks to the work of dedicated conservationists, the most recent estimates put the population at 3,600 and that number appears to be growing each year! The IUCN Red List downgraded the species from Vulnerable to Extinction to Near Threatened in 2005. And in 2018 a proposal was submitted to remove the species from the Endangered List citing successful recovery efforts.
- In May 2018 a Kirtland’s Warbler was found in Central Park!!! The sighting created a frenzy, as mass amounts of birdwatchers flocked to NYC from nearby states to get a glimpse of one of the rarest of all North American birds.