Kirtland’s Warbler Alliance

Kirtland’s Warbler Weekend

June 1-2, 2018

Kirtland’s Warbler Weekend is back once again with great activities and events spanning two days in beautiful Northern Michigan.

Kirtland’s Warbler Home Opener

June 1, 2018
Kirtland Community College Health Sciences Center
4800 W. Four Mile Road, Grayling, MI 49738

Enjoy a social evening with a dynamic presentation and Michigan inspired craft beer and appetizers at the beautiful new Kirtland Community College Health Sciences Center as Kirtland’s Warbler Weekend kicks off.

For more information about this event and how to reserve your $25 ticket, call (989) 448-2293 ext. 21 or email

Area Lodging

North Higgins Lake State Park
Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp-Resort
Grayling Days Inn: (989) 344-0204
Grayling Ramada Inn: (989) 710-2399
Tee Pee Motel & Restaurant: (989) 275-0623

Kirtland’s Warbler Festival

June 2, 2018
CRAF Center
606 Lake Street, Roscommon, MI
7:00am – 5:00pm

Experience Northern Michigan through a variety of activities, including kids’ tent, jack pine tours, nature presentations, craft and vendor show, and much more! Enjoy interactive music by Creepy Clyde (Keith Brown) in the gazebo. Presenters include a panel of local, state, federal and international Kirtland’s Warbler conservation experts, Warbler World, Jim McGrath and Joe Rodgers.

7:30am & 10:00am Jack pine tours
10:00am – 4:00pm Kids’ Tent
10:00am – 4:00pm Craft and Vendor Show
11:00am – Official Launch of the AuSable Birding Trail*
11:15 Live Music by Creepy Clyde
11:30am-12:30pm Bag Lunches from AuSable Creamery and Bakery available for sale at the CRAF Center
12:30pm-1:15pm Kirtland’s Warbler World-Part 1
1:25pm-2:10pm Kirtland’s Warbler World-Part 2
2:20-3:20 Jim McGrath presenting Michigan’s Wildlife Diversity
3:20 Drawing for winner of Wingspan Optics binoculars
3:30-4:30 Joe Rodgers with Michigan Raptors
*Newest birding trail to launch in Northern Michigan that runs through Roscommon and Crawford counties-
AuSable Birding Trail
For more information about the Festival:
Visit for more information and vendor registration
Kirtland’s Warbler Festival, Inc.
P.O. Box 981
Roscommon, MI 48653


Donate today to support Kirtland’s Warbler conservation. 

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Photo: US Fish & Wildlife Service

The Kirtland’s Warbler Alliance (Alliance) formed in 2013 is an 11-member volunteer board representing regions from across Michigan. Operating under a strong organizational structure with bylaws, full slate of officers, annual budget and strategic work plan, the Alliance is dedicated to raising awareness of support for the Kirtland’s Warbler and the conservation programs necessary for the health of the species and jack pine forests where it nests. The Alliance meets this mission a developing and administering a variety outreach programs, developing strategic partnership and dedicated fundraising efforts.

The Alliance is part of a multi-partner effort known as the Kirtland’s Warbler Initiative which brings together state, federal and local conservation stakeholders to identify and move forward strategies to secure long-term sustainability for the Kirtland’s Warbler regardless of listing status. The goal of this partnership is to eventually see the Kirtland’s Warbler graduate from protections provided by the federal Endangered Species Act–the goal of any listed species–and thrive as a result of strong public-private funding and land management partnerships.



 The Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation

Newest Champions of the Kirtland’s Warbler Conservation Effort!

Huron Pines and the Kirtland’s Warbler Alliance are excited to announce new funding support from The Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation for the long-term success of the Kirtland’s Warbler!

The Foundation has committed $30,000 a year for the next three years to support two main efforts—to design K–12 educations programs and to develop two partner groups working in alignment to increase public awareness, raise funds and coordinate habitat conservation programs.

“We are so pleased to have the support of the Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation,” says Abigail Ertel, Huron Pines Community Program Lead and Coordinator for both the Alliance and Conservation Team. “This funding means the Alliance and Conservation Team can build capacity to address the key questions and challenges that are facing a species with great potential to be delisted from the Endangered Species List while also creating meaningful experiences for educators and children to see that wildlife biology, forestry and conservation planning are important to the success of the communities where they live, work and play.”

For more information on the funding received from The Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation read the full press release here.


Extra! Extra! Read All About It!

Kirtland’s Warbler Is a Leader for Endangered Species Conservation

The Kirtland’s Warbler Alliance and Kirtland’s Warbler Conservation Team are pleased to share with you two great articles recently appearing in Living Bird Magazine, a publication from The Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Both John W. Fitzpatrick in his editorial View From Sapsucker Woods: Endowing A Future For The Kirtland’s Warbler and Greg Breining in his feature piece Jack Pine Juggernauts: What Will Happen to Kirtland’s Warbler After Delisting? tell an amazing story of how the combination of strong conservation partnership and bold innovation is leading the charge toward a new future in endangered species management. Please set aside a few minutes to read the pieces yourself and prepare to be inspired! We certainly are!


2018 Kirtland’s Warbler Alliance Board of Directors

Jerry Rucker – Chair
James Bull – Vice-Chair
Stuart White – Treasurer
William Rapai – Secretary
Tom Cook
Chip Erwin
Dave Ewert
Sarah Reding
Tom Schneider
Jerry Weinrich


Kirtland’s Warbler Alliance Signature Events

The Kirtland’s Warbler Alliance helps to plan and lead two keystone events each year, including the Jack Pine Planting Day and the Kirtland’s Warbler Home Opener. These events are usually held in May and early June. Details will be posted on this page in the springtime.


Kirtland’s Warbler Alliance Partners

Huron Pines

Michigan Audubon Society

Michigan Department of Natural Resources

The Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation

U.S. Forest Service

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service


Kirtland’s Conservation Team Presentations & Handouts

The Kirtland’s Warbler Alliance is an active partner in the Kirtland’s Warbler Conservation Team with representation on both the Steering Committee of the Conservation Team and the Human Dimensions Subcommittee. On March 15th the Kirtland’s Warbler Conservation Team and Michigan Bird Conservation Initiative teamed up to host an Open Workshop and share key developments for Kirtland’s Warbler and other bird conservation efforts. Below are links to the day’s agenda, presentations and handouts.


Interested in learning more?

The Kirtland’s Warbler Alliance is dedicated to expanding awareness for the Kirtland’s Warbler and important conservation programs that help the species as well as the jack pine forest system where it lives. These programs benefit a variety of outdoor recreation opportunities and the communities of Northeast Michigan where the Kirtland’s Warbler nests. If you’re interested in connecting with the Kirtland’s Warbler consider:

  • Donating to help ensure conservation programs vital to the health of the Kirtland’s Warbler and the jack pine forest where it nests continue
  • Having a Kirtland’s Warbler Alliance Director speak to your group
  • Sign up for the Kirtland’s Warbler Network – an electronic newsletter that brings you information on the Kirtland’s Warbler and similar conservation stories
  • Attending one of the Kirtland’s Warbler Alliance’s Signature Events
  • Sign up to receive email updates: