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FOREST-WILDFIRE-WARBLER
(2007-08-01)
(wgvu) - A WILDFIRE THAT DESTROYED SEVERAL HOMES
AND CHARRED MORE THAN 500 ACRES IN NORTHEASTERN MICHIGAN WILL
LIKELY BENEFIT A RARE BIRD THAT USES THE STATE AS ITS PRIMARY
BREEDING GROUNDS.
THE FIRE SUNDAY IN IOSCO COUNTY BLACKENED LAND IN THE HURON
NATIONAL FOREST COVERED MOSTLY WITH JACK PINE TREES. THAT'S THE
PREFERRED HABITAT OF THE KIRTLAND'S WARBLER, A FEDERAL ENDANGERED
SPECIES.
THE BIRD WINTERS IN THE BAHAMAS AND NESTS IN ONLY A FEW COUNTIES
IN THE LOWER AND UPPER PENINSULAS, WISCONSIN AND ONTARIO.
WILDLIFE EXPERTS SAY THE FIRE HELPED DISPERSE JACK PINE SEEDS
AND CLEARED TREES TOO TALL FOR THE WARBLER'S LIKING.
ABOUT 150-THOUSAND ACRES OF STATE AND FEDERAL FOREST LAND IN
MICHIGAN ARE MANAGED AS KIRTLAND'S WARBLER HABITAT.

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