Kirtland's warbler: the story of a bird's fight against extinction and the people who saved it.
Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2012.
Octavo, dustwrapper, 204 pp. black and white photographs, illustrations, maps.
The Kirtland's warbler is the rarest warbler species in North America and will always be rare because of its nesting preferences. But when the total population fell below 400 birds in the 1970s and 1980s, driven largely by a loss of habitat and the introduction of a parasite, a small group of dedicated biologists, researchers, and volunteers vowed to save the Kirtland's warbler despite long odds. This is the story of the warbler's survival and gradual recovery, the people and policies that kept it from extinction, and the ongoing challenges that may again jeopardize the bird's future.