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Once Nearly Extinct, Kirtland’s Warbler Coming Off Endangered List

October 8, 2019
Small bird Kirtland's warbler stands on a tree branch.
Kirtland’s Warbler. Photo: USFWS, Jim Hodges.

The federal government said Tuesday it will remove the Kirtland’s warbler from its list of protected species, finding the small, yellow-bellied songbird had recovered more than half a century after being designated as endangered.

From hitting a record low of only 167 pairs in 1967, the latest census put them at about 2,300 pairs.

“It’s been a great example of collaboration between different agencies, private landowners, and a variety of different folks and groups that came together very early in the process and have stayed engaged,” said Tom Johnson, managing director of Timberland Investment Resources LLC.

Read the full article by John Flesher (AP) at The Detroit News