The Kirtland’s Warbler: From the brink of extinction to a new model for endangered species conservation
The Kirtland’s Warbler, once on the brink of extinction, was removed from the Endangered Species List in 2019. There are lots of reasons to celebrate, but we can’t say we’re done and walk. The continuing conservation of the Kirtland’s Warbler has special challenges. The Kirtland’s Warbler is “conservation reliant,” which means that humans will need to continue to intervene on its behalf for as long as we can see into the future. But, that intervention will include some bold new thinking.
Bill Rapai is executive director of the Kirtland’s Warbler Alliance, a nonprofit formed in 2013 to support Kirtland’s Warbler conservation. He is also the author of The Kirtland’s Warbler: The story of a bird’s fight for survival and the people who saved it, published in 2012 by University of Michigan Press.
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