Nature Conservancy: Fire and Kirtland’s Warbler
The Kirtland’s warbler is one of the rarest songbirds in North America and it can only be found in small portions of Michigan, Wisconsin and Ontario during the breeding season. This bird has an unusual natural friend — intense forest fires. Kirtland’s warblers nest primarily in large stands of young jack pine, which are created by regeneration from seed after intense fires. In this forest type, the role of fire is to hit the ‘reset’ button and start a new forest that can become a suitable home for the warblers after about five years…
(photo: © USFWS Headquarters)
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