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Can they count on you? 

Over the past 60 years, the Kirtland's Warbler Census has been a cornerstone of Kirtland's Warbler conservation. Data collected from the censuses absolutely helped to prevent the extinction of the Kirtland's Warbler. 

But now, in 2021, because of the impact of Covid on the state budget, the Michigan DNR will be unable to conduct the census without help. The Alliance has volunteered to to identify, train and organize volunteers. It is critically important we get an accurate count because this census will be used as a baseline for monitoring the Kirtland’s Warbler population going forward and determining whether post-delisting efforts to manage the Kirtland’s Warbler population are successful. 


The census is conducted under a rigorous protocol that helps to ensure accuracy. The volunteers must be trained to identify the Kirtland’s Warblers by song, triangulate their locations, and navigate through dense jack pine forests.


So between now and Dec. 31, we have set a goal to raise $5,000 to help pay for the effort. 

The Kirtland’s Warbler is a Michigan icon. It’s not Michigan’s state bird, but in the hearts of many, it is just that. It’s a symbol of the commitment of the people of our state to protecting our natural resources and a reason for many of us to have state pride. Your donation will help fund the 2021 census and other conservation efforts. 

Please help us conduct the best, most accurate cenus ever. We'll count them. Can they count on you? 

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