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Kirtland’s Warbler Wildlife Festival

The Kirtland’s Warbler Wildlife Festival has been discontinued due to college budget reductions.

2012 Kirtland’s Warbler Young Artist Calendar Contest

Although the festival has been discontinued, the Young Artists’ Calendar Contents is being continued and funded by the U.S. Forest Service.

Rules and Information

  • Entries must be original and deal with northern Michigan’s unique jack pine forest ecosystem, the Kirtland’s warbler or any other creatures that dwell in the jack pine forest.
  • Copyrighted cartoon characters, such as Smokey Bear and Woodsy Owl, cannot appear in entries.
    Example of a landscape/horizontal orientation.Entries must be horizontally (landscape orientation) drawn on a single 8.5-by-11-inch sheet of white paper or poster board.
  • Entries that are not horizontal will not be judged in the contest.
  • Clearly record (please print) ALL student information on the form provided below and TAPE TO THE BACK SIDE (please no staples) of each drawing.
  • Entries should be from individual students in grades K-8. No group drawings are allowed. Only one entry per student. More than one entry from a class or school may be mailed in the same envelope.
  • Contest deadline is 4:30 PM on Friday, April 20, 2012. Entries may be delivered in person or mailed.
  • A community panel of judges will review each entry. Winners will be notified before the end of the 2011-2012 school year.
  • Entries become the property of the US Forest Service and will not be returned.
  • The winning drawings will be used in the next edition of the Kirtland’s Warbler Young Artists calendar. Student names, teachers and schools will be identified on the calendar. Entries may also be used for other products or promotional materials.

>> Download the 2012 KW Young Artists Calendar Contest Entry Form


Guided Warbler habitat tours

U.S. Forest Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Kirtland’s Warbler Tours: the guided birding tours listed below are conducted annually from mid-May through early July by biologists from these federal natural resource agencies, both key players in the recovery of the Kirtland’s warbler. These tours are very popular, so it is recommended that you call ahead to check on reservations.

U.S. Forest Service Tours, Mio: U.S. Forest Service tours are conducted at 7 a.m. daily, May 21 to July 2 (except Memorial Day). Tours last approximately three hours and a $10 fee is charged. Visitors should meet at the Mio District Ranger Station, located off M-33 north of Mio, at 6:45 a.m. Tour participants drive their own vehicles to the field site following a short presentation. For more information on the Mio tour, contact the U.S. Forest Service.

U.S. Forest Service, Mio Ranger District
107 McKinley Road
Mio, MI 48647-9314
Phone: 989.826.3252
Web Site:

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Tours, Grayling: The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Michigan Audubon Society conduct guided tours from May 15 through July 4, departing from the Ramada Inn in Grayling, Michigan. The tours are offered on weekdays at 7 a.m. and on weekends and holidays at 7 a.m. and 11 a.m. The tours are free of charge. For more information on the Grayling tour, contact the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
East Lansing Field Office
2651 Coolidge Road
East Lansing, MI 48823
Phone: 517-351-2555
Contact: Dan Elbert, phone extension 261


Related Links

US Forest Service Kirtland’s Warbler Page

Michigan Department of Natural Resources Kirtland’s Warbler Page

US Geological Survey

US Fish and Wildlife Service’s Kirtland Warbler Page