Kirtland's Warbler Guided Tours

Kirtland’s warbler tours will be offered daily from May 15 through May 31, 7 days a week at the Mio Ranger District of the Huron National Forest.

Guided Kirtland’s warbler tours are the best opportunity to view this endangered songbird, as Kirtland’s warbler nesting areas are closed and posted against public entry during the nesting season.  Kirtland’s warblers are rarely seen in Michigan outside of their nesting habitat.

The Kirtland’s warbler tour begins at 7:30 am at the Mio Ranger District office at 107 McKinley Road.  Please arrive at 7:15 am to check in and pay before the tour begins.  The tour begins with a short video that highlights the natural history and management of the Kirtland’s warbler.  The tour participants then follow the tour guide in their own vehicle to a field site.  At the field site, participants have an excellent chance of seeing a Kirtland’s warbler, as well as other birds that live in the jack pine habitat.  The tour participants visit a cowbird trap and learn about the jack pine ecosystem.  The entire tour lasts approximately three hours.

Tour participants are encouraged to bring binoculars.  Tape recorders, pets, and smoking are not allowed on the tour.  Reservations are not required, but are recommended for groups of four or larger.  The Kirtland’s warbler tour costs $10 per adult and is free for children.  Funds from the tours help cover costs associated with the tours.  For more information, call the Mio Ranger District office at (989) 826-3252.   Interested community groups and teachers can arrange for a free tour by contacting Kim Piccolo, (989) 826-3252 ext. 3334 or email..

The Mio Ranger District of the Huron National Forest does still offer the self-guided Jack Pine Wildlife Viewing tour. Maps are available by contacting the Mio Ranger Station or email us at

Tours will be available at Hartwick Pines State Park in Grayling through the Michigan Audubon Society. For more information on Grayling tours, contact Wendy at or 517-580-7364.