Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Our Man in the (Kirtland's) Field

 One last post on the Kirtland's Warbler, as I have an update from our friend, Greg Miller.

Greg Miller puts his blessing on the Kirtland's Warbler. Photo by Michael Godfrey.*

 Greg is headed up to Grayling, Michigan to be the keynote speaker on Thursday June 12th at the Ramada Inn located in Grayling, Michigan.  The program will be from 6:30-8:30 p.m., so it is not too late to make it!!!

Kirtland's Warbler in Jack Pine. photo by Kim Leedom.*
 Greg tells me the Kirtland's Warbler is about to be removed from the Endangered Species list. It is wonderful news that their population has increased to such a level.  However, there are concerns, without continued management of the habitat and control of predators the Kirtland's Warbler will have a tough time of it.  Here is a Michigan news article to tell you all about it.

Greg is supporting the efforts of Huron Pines group, and you should go to his blog  to get the story first hand.

Kirtland's Warbler feed in early spring oaks.
Photo by Kim Leedom.*

Better yet, go support this group's efforts and enjoy a tour of the Jack Pines and the gorgeous Kirtland's Warblers which inhabit them!  Once again, tourism dollars speak volumes when it comes to political action.  Make your plans to visit Michigan, soon.

* A footnote on these photographers.  One meets the nicest people while birding!  Both of the photographers featured in this blog were people I first met in the field while birding. If you like the people aspect of birding, you might consider joining the Birding Ohio Facebook group or visit Ohio Ornithological Society's web page.  The birding community is just waiting to meet you!

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