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The Kirtland's Warbler: The Story of a Bird's Fight Against Extinction and the People Who Saved It
At a time when the world is seeing its species rapidly go extinct, the Kirtland's warbler is not just a survivor, it's a rock star. The Kirtland's warbler is the rarest warbler species in North America and will always be rare because of its persnickety nesting preferences. But when the total population fell below 400 birds in the 1970s and 1980s---driven largely by a loss ...more
Hardcover, 216 pages
Published February 8th 2012 by University of Michigan Press/Regional
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A wonderful book, nicely researched by Bill Rapai (who I met at a local Audubon meeting after buying his book). And even more special, I was finally able to see two Kirtland's Warblers on their nesting grounds near Grayling, Michigan, just last week. Having read this book made my trip to see the rare birds even more special.
An enjoyable and very interesting book about more than the 5 oz, 60 Mph international traveling warbler. It really tells the story of how science, love of nature and the power of perseverance can unite people to achieve the impossible told in an accessible and frequently humorous way.