Foundation Pledges Funds For Kirtland’s Warbler Habitat

Photo: Audubon.com

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) – The Arbor Day Foundation says it will pay for 800,000 trees this spring for planting in northern Michigan to provide nesting areas for the Kirtland’s warbler.

Forest restoration manager Bradley Brandt says the nonprofit group has donated more than $1 million since 1990 to create habitat for the endangered songbird. This year, the foundation is giving about $140,000.

The money will be divided between the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and the Huron National Forest for tree planting projects.

Kirtland’s warblers breed almost entirely in young jack pine forests of northern Michigan. Dan Kennedy of the DNR says the agency plants about 2 million jack pine seedlings a year in the region.

Such efforts have helped the warbler rebound from near-extinction. Still, only about 4,000 are believed to exist.

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