Birder's Guide

MAY 2016

Birder's Guide is the American Birding Association's newest publication. Each issue focuses on a key subject, providing tips from experienced birders on a wide variety of topics like Travel, Listing & Taxonomy, Gear, and Conservation & Community.

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17 May 2016 | Birder's Guide to Conservation & Community on the region. For us, getting started with one community event—Jack Pine Planting Day—became a catalyst for so much more to ensure the protection of a rare bird that still needs a little help. To fnd out more about upcoming KWA events or to make a contribution to the ef - fort, visit kirtlandswarbler.org each year there are so many different people and organizations that work together for the good of the Kirtland's Warbler and the eco- system as a whole." Zimostrad's point about the larger ecosys- tem is important because Kirtland's Warbler does not live in a vacuum; conservation work on behalf of this warbler also benefts two other rare species—Hill's thistle and secretive locust—as well as some common mammals (e.g., snowshoe hare, badger, and black bear), and bird species (e.g., Upland Sandpiper, Spruce Grouse, Prairie Warbler, and Brewer's Blackbird). Our Jack Pine Planting Day turned out to be the starting point of our efforts on behalf of Kirtland's Warbler. The KWA has helped to rejuvenate the formerly defunct Kirtland's Warbler Festival and created a spring celebration of the birds' return from their Michigan nesting grounds called the Kirtland's Warbler Home Opener. The al - liance also schedules regular visits with state legislators to inform them of how this tiny bird has a big economic impact n Frequent fres are a necessity for adequate Kirtland's Warbler habitat. This young burn, in Crawford County, Michigan, is known as the Meridian Boundary Jack Pine Stand. Photo © Phil Huber

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