The Kirtland’s Warbler isn’t Michigan’s State Bird, but in the hearts and minds of many state residents, it is just that. Once living on the brink of extinction, the Kirtland’s Warbler has taken significant steps toward recovery, though it remains on State and Federal Endangered Species lists. A few counties in the northern Lower Peninsula represent its primary nesting area, but in recent years nesting pairs have been recorded in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, Wisconsin, and Ontario.
Michigan Audubon, working in conjunction with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, provides free tours to look for Kirtland’s Warblers from May 15 through July 4. Tours are scheduled daily at 7:00 a.m. On weekends and holidays (Memorial Day and 4th of July), there will also be tours at 11:00 a.m.