This week I was in the mood to felt a little bird and came across the Kirtland's Warbler. The good news is that this little bird's population is increasing thanks to local conservation efforts and habitat awareness! (High Fives!) Before these efforts, the jack pine forests that birds relied on to breed were not being properly protected and maintained as optimal habitats for them. The pine trees that they nest in have to be a certain age and size to provide enough cover for the birds.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service provides more information here. Also, you can check out the warbler's IUCN page.
Kirkland's Warbler Facts:
--Referred to as the "bird of fire" for its reliance on pine forests that remain healthy with wildfires
--Eat primarily insects and larvae
--Summer is spent in Michigan (though area is increasing to include other states)
--Overwinter in the Caribbean
Have a great week!