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Plant pines to help restore Kirtlands warbler habitat

Your help is needed to plant jack pines on May 6 in Grayling to provide nesting sites for the tiny Kirtland's warbler. This rare bird, recovered from the endangered species list in 2019, nests only on the ground under young jack pine trees.

"Imagine the satisfaction of visiting in five or six years and seeing Kirtland's warblers nesting in trees you helped plant," said William Rapai, director of the Kirtland Warbler's Alliance. The Alliance is hosting this event.

Event details:

  • What: Jack pine planting.
  • Where: W 4 Mile Road, Grayling. Crawford County, Michigan.
  • When: 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Saturday, May 6.
  • Who: Kirtland Warbler's Alliance partners and volunteers.

Volunteers will receive lunch and an appreciation gift. Please wear closed-toe shoes and appropriate outdoor gear for the day's weather. Planting equipment will be provided.

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The incredible recovery of the Kirtland's warbler from the endangered species list was due to the efforts of dedicated partners.

Partners in this planting initiative include the Kirtland’s Warbler Alliance, Michigan United Conservation Clubs, Huron Pines and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. 

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This planting event is sponsored by the Grosse Pointe Audubon Society and the Michigan DNR.