One of the most rare members of the Paulidae family is the endangered Kirtland’s Warbler (Dendroica kirtlandii). This is a fascinating bird species seen on occasion in the jack pine forests of Michigan where it is reliant on very specific habitat. Kirtland’s Warblers are endemic to the USA and are found only in Michigan, Wisconsin and Ontario. Much needs to be done if the Kirtland’s Warbler is to survive and the first step is gaining knowledge about the elusive species.

The other day I had the absolute privilege to see this beautiful male. Kirtland’s Warbler (Setophaga kirtlandii) within 30 minutes of my house! He was brought down by a storm the previous night. Which was completly amazing since Kirtland’s warblers make their migration in such a short window catching one in southern Ohio is very uncommon. I just can’t get over the fact that I saw one of North America’s rarest breeding birds within 30 minutes of my house!!!