Michigan is the summer breeding home to one of the rarest songbirds in the world: the Kirtland’s Warbler (Setophaga kirtlandii).
During the month of June, tours are led throughout the jack pine forests of Grayling, Michigan, full of people hoping to spot one of these incredible birds. Given their historically small populations, collections like this one are especially important. Data from each bird can be used for ongoing conservation efforts, and each individual has the opportunity to tip off researchers to possible challenges in the future.
Photo credit: Kaitie Janecke Soltesz