Located in Mio, on the Oscoda County Courthouse lawn, stands what could be the “World’s first monument to a songbird.”
This replica of a Kirtland’s Warbler was built in July of 1963 by the people of Oscoda County and placed where all could see.
The stone cairn contains a four-foot high image of the endangered Kirtland’s Warbler. The replica was carved from fiberglass and plastic by wildlife sculptor Leo Nelson of Kalkaska, Michigan.
Roger Tory Peterson, from the National Audubon Society, arrived in Mio to dedicate the monument during the Great Lakes Forestry Exposition.