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Near Grayling in Crawford County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

The Return of Kirtland's Warbler

 
 
The Return of Kirtland's Warbler Marker image. Click for full size.
By Joel S., July 5, 2010
1. The Return of Kirtland's Warbler Marker
Inscription. The Kirtland's Warbler was first identified in 1851 from a specimen collected on Dr. Jared Kirtland's Ohio farm. The birds originally depended on fire-created young jack pine forests for summer nesting. Such forests in northern Michigan became their prime global summer breeding habitat. Kirtland's Warbler faced extinction due to the loss of habitat and the invasion of parasitic brown-headed cowbirds, which lay eggs in warbler nests and whose young survive at the expense of warbler nestlings. The warbler was placed on the federal endangered species list in 1967 and the state endangered species list in 1976. Guided by research to mimic natural fire processes, government agencies and private conservationists began harvesting older jack pine stands and replanting the trees to restore the warblers' habitat. In addition, cowbird populations were controlled. From an all-time modern low of 167 nesting pairs in 1974 and 1987, the summer population of the warbler rebounded to more than 1,700 pairs in 2007. The recovery of the species testifies to the effectiveness of habitat restoration efforts. During the winter the songbirds leave Michigan for the Bahamas.
 
Erected 2009 by Michigan Historical Commission-Michigan Historical Center. (Marker Number S0709.)
 
Marker series.
Grayling Rest Area and The Return of Kirtland's Warbler Marker image. Click for full size.
By Joel S., July 5, 2010
2. Grayling Rest Area and The Return of Kirtland's Warbler Marker
This marker is included in the Michigan Historical Commission marker series.
 
Location. 44° 36.745′ N, 84° 42.325′ W. Marker is near Grayling, Michigan, in Crawford County. Marker can be reached from Interstate 75 at milepost 252 when traveling north. Touch for map. This marker is at the Grayling Rest Area. Marker is in this post office area: Grayling MI 49738, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 2 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Grayling Depot (approx. 3.4 miles away); Michelson Memorial Methodist Episcopal Church (approx. 3˝ miles away).
 
Categories. AnimalsEnvironment
 
Grayling Rest Area sign image. Click for full size.
By Joel S., July 5, 2010
3. Grayling Rest Area sign
The American Legion Memorial Highway sign image. Click for full size.
By Joel S., July 5, 2010
4. The American Legion Memorial Highway sign
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 18, 2010, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 965 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on July 18, 2010, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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