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First returning Kirtland's warbler fledgling documented in Wisconsin

9:15 AM, Jun. 26, 2013

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A Kirtland's warbler that hatched in Wisconsin last year and was banded before its first migration has returned to its birthplace in Adams County, providing a significant milestone in efforts to help boost populations of this federally endangered songbird, state and federal bird experts say.

"This is the first time we've been able to document that a bird hatched in Adams County has returned to the area," says Kim Grveles, a Department of Natural Resources avian ecologist. It's a very encouraging sign that Wisconsin is providing suitable and successful breeding habitat for these birds."

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