Birding

Oscoda County is a well-known destination for bird enthusiasts hoping to add the endangered Kirtland’s Warbler to their life lists. This rare songbird, which nests only in the jack pine barrens of northern Michigan, had declined to less than 400 individuals by 1971. Since then, thanks to the recovery efforts of Federal and State wildlife agencies, Kirtland’s Warbler populations have recovered significantly, with over 1800 pairs recorded in 2011. Oscoda County continues to host one of the largest breeding populations of this species, and each year hundreds of birders from literally around the world flock here to find this rare bird. Most travel to the Mio U.S.F.S. district ranger station to attend guided tours into Kirtland’s Warbler nesting areas, while other attempt to find the bird on their own. What most of these birding enthusiasts might be surprised to discover is that Oscoda County also hosts a rich and diverse population of many other bird species as well. Below is a list of birding activities that are available in Oscoda County. To view A Brief History of the Kirtland’s Warbler as well as Oscoda List of Regular Bird Species click here. Document type: PDF, Size: 8.5″x11″, 447kb, Pages: 2

Birding in Oscoda County

Oscoda County is a well-known destination for bird enthusiasts hoping to add the endangered Kirtland’s Warbler to their life lists ...
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Jack Pine Wildlife Viewing Tour

Drive the Jack Pine Wildlife Viewing Tour. This 58-mile self-guided tour will take you through the scenic Au Sable River ...
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Kirtland’s Warbler Tours

Guided tours to the Kirtland’s Warbler nesting areas depart from the USDA Forest Service Office in Mio, Michigan and from ...
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Warbler Monument

Located in Mio, on the Oscoda County Courthouse lawn, stands what could be the “World’s first monument to a songbird.” ...
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