Kirtland’s Warbler Recovery Signals Midwest Endangered Species Act Success

WASHINGTON— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today announced the Endangered Species Act recovery of the Kirtland’s warbler, a songbird that nests in young jack pine forests. It is found primarily in Michigan, but also Wisconsin and Ontario.

As a result of this recovery, the bird has been removed from the federal list of endangered species. The Kirtland warbler recovery announcement follows a recent study in the journal Science that found that the overall population of North American birds has plunged by 3 billion since 1970.

“Even as America’s overall bird population has suffered a shocking decline, federal protections have driven a 10-fold increase in the Kirtland’s warbler,” said Noah Greenwald, endangered species director at the Center for Biological Diversity. “This bird flew off the endangered species list because the Endangered Species Act works.”

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