Kirtland’s Warbler: From the brink of extinction to a new model for endangered species conservation

Jan. 18 | 7 p.m. | Nature Lab & Zoom

The Kirtland’s Warbler is an iconic species in Michigan, nesting primarily in the jack pine forests of the northern Lower Peninsula. As recently as 1987, there were fewer than 400 birds in the entire population. Today there are more than 4,000, and the population continues to grow. Considered a “recovered” species by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Kirtland’s Warbler was removed from the Endangered Species List in October 2019.

That’s a reason to celebrate, but it doesn’t mean we can wash our hands and walk away. Conservation of the Kirtland’s Warbler has special challenges. Unlike other animals removed from the Endangered Species List, the Kirtland’s Warbler will require continued human intervention to ensure its survival.

William Rapai is the nationally-recognized author of The Kirtland’s Warbler: The Story of a Bird’s Fight for Survival and the People Who Saved It and the executive director of the Kirtland’s Warbler Alliance, a nonprofit created to support Kirtland’s Warbler conservation.

Bill’s program will begin at 7 p.m. and will be offered both via Zoom and in-person, at Ball State’s Nature Lab, located at 2500 W. University Ave. in Muncie. Parking is available on the south side of the building and is free after 5 p.m. The building is wheelchair-accessible.

To attend via Zoom, register in advance, below. After registering, you’ll receive confirmation and details about joining the meeting.

Photo by Martha Hunt

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