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Once Nearly Extinct, the Kirtland's Warbler is Coming Off Endangered List

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says the Kirtland's warbler is being removed from the federal endangered species list. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says the Kirtland's warbler is being removed from the federal endangered species list. |  Photo: USFWS, Joel Trick

JOHN FLESHER AP Environmental Writer
Created: October 08, 2019 01:42 PM

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) - The Kirtland's warbler is being removed from the federal endangered species list after a successful battle to save it from extinction.
    
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Tuesday that the yellow-bellied songbird has recovered but will continue to rely on habitat preservation measures for long-term survival.
    
It nests in the young jack pines of northern Michigan, Wisconsin and Ontario that must be logged and replanted on a regular basis to mimic wildfires that historically regenerated the forests.
    
Efforts also will continue to keep away brown-headed cowbirds that invade warbler nests.
    
After falling to 167 pairs in 1987, the population is now about 2,300 pairs.
 

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