Kirtland's Warbler photo
Dan Kennedy / Michigan Dept. of Natural Resources

The Kirtland’s Warbler is an icon of northern Michigan.  With a brilliant yellow breast and distinctive song, the bird makes its home in young jack pine trees.  Once on the verge of extinction, a long-running conservation program is helping to restore the Kirtland’s Warbler population. Current State’s Kevin Lavery takes us up north in search of this endangered yet beloved bird.

Peregrine falcon chick
Courtesy photo / Jackson County

A once-endangered bird is again well established in Michigan, commonly in its cities. We talk with a Jackson county official about the peregrine falcons nesting in downtown Jackson and learn how Peregrines are doing in Michigan from DNR bird biologist, Karen Cleveland.

Snowy owl photo
Courtesy photo / Nova Mackentley,

There are over 200 different species of owls, but only one that can survive the temperatures of the Arctic: the snowy owl. A small number of these owls make appearances in the Great Lakes region every year. This year, several came to Michigan earlier than expected and they were malnourished. We get an update on the snowy owls from two experts in the field.

Courtesy photo / Michigan Audobon Society

Every fall, thousands of sandhill cranes descend on the marshes in the Baker Sanctuary near Battle Creek. We hear more about the upcoming CraneFest from the Executive Director of the Michigan Audubon Society, Johnathan Lutz.

Rusty blackbird photo
Kevin Lavery / WKAR

Current State's Kevin Lavery meets up with staff members banding birds at the Burke Lake Banding Station this week.