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rarest A recent annual survey of the federally endangered Kirtland's warbler - uniquely Michigan because 98 percent of the entire population breeds within the state - shows its population still remains near an all-time high. Biologists, researchers and volunteers observed 2,004 singing males during the official 2013 survey period- 2,063 males were observed in 2012. In 1974 and 1987, when the lowest survey numbers were recorded, only 167 singing males were found. "Although we do have a slight decrease of singing males this year," said Dan Kennedy, DNR endangered species coor- dinator, "we are really excited to see these high numbers because many conserva- tion groups have worked together for over 40 years to make this possible." The Kirtland's warbler survey is con- ducted each year in a joint effort between the DNR, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Michigan Depart- ment of Military and Veterans Affairs, Michigan Audubon Society and numer- ous citizen volunteers. During early June, when birds are ac- tively singing and defending their nesting area, warblers are noted by listening for their song. The song can be heard up to one-quarter of a mile away, providing an excellent way to detect birds with mini- mum disturbance. Only the males sing, so estimates of breeding population are obtained by doubling the number of sing- ing males recorded. This year, singing males (numbers in parentheses) were found in 12 northern Lower Peninsula counties: Antrim (4), Alcona Clare (56), O:awford (345), IoscO (F72;y Kalkaska (75), Montmorency (73), Ogemaw (520), Oscoda (391), Otsego (22), Presque Isle (31) and RoscomInon (68)i Surveyors identified 31 singing males in six Upper Peninsula counties: Alger (4), Baraga (3), Chippewa (16), Delta (3), Luce (2) and Marquette (3). Twenty-one addi- tional singing males were observed out- side Michigan in Wisconsin (18) and Ontario (3). Kirfland's warblers nest on the ground and typically select nesting sites in stands of jack pine between 4 and 20 years old. Historically, these stands of young jack pine were created by natural wildfires that frequently swept through northern Michigan. Modem fire suppression pro- grams altered this natural process, reduc- song remains near ing Kirtland's warbler habitat. The result was that the population of Kirtland's war- blers declined to the point that they were listed as endangered. To mimic the effects of wildfire and en- sure the future of this species, the DNR, IJ.S. Forest Service, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service manage the forests through a combination of clear-cutting, burning, seeding and replanting to pro- mote habitat for the Kirtland's warbler and many other species, including snow- shoe hare, white-tailed deer, other song- bird species and rare plants. Because large prescribed fires are neither safe nor eco- nomical in northern Michigan, approxi- mately 3,000 acres of jack pine trees are harvested and replanted annually on state and federal lands. "Our success is allowing managers to work with additional partners to transi- tion from a mode of recovery to one of long-term sustainability," said Kennedy. The DNR, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Kirtland's Warbler Recovery Team have partnered with Huron Pines and other conservation organizations to start a new program: the Kirtland's Warbler Initiative. The goal of the Kirfland's Warbler Initiative is to have a broad coalition of partners working to- gether to ensure the long-term sustainability of the rarest songbird in North America, the Kirfland's warbler. For more information about this rare bird, visit the DNR's Kirtland's warbler Web page. Wednesday, October 16, 2013 The Montmorency County Tribune 11 BLAKE WINEMAN of Atlanta bagged this 9-point buck during the youth hunt. 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