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Markkanen Proposes State Bird Change

State Representative Greg Markkanen is proposing that Michigan change its official state bird…

The robin is a wonderful bird, don’t get me wrong, but the Kirtland warbler is unique to Michigan.

Kirtland’s warbler was listed as an endangered species in 1967, after being driven nearly to extinction because of reduced habitat in and around Roscommon County. 

Restoration of suitable habitat was combined with successful efforts to trap cowbirds, which pirated the warbler’s nests, and destroyed their eggs. It was delisted from the endangered species list three years ago, although efforts to monitor the population continue.

The Kirtland Warbler is a true Michigan success story.

Kirtland’s warblers have also recently been sighted in the Upper Peninsula.

The bill has been referred to the House Committee on Government Operations.

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