Photo: This tiny songbird is also called a "firebird"

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The Kirtland's warbler is particular about where it lives. It can be found in the jack pine forests of the northern lower peninsula of Michigan where conservationists have been working on a clever strategy to bring the species back from the brink. The birds live off the seeds of the jack pine trees, whose cones only open up after forest fires or after sitting in the hot summer sun. So no fires, no warblers. Hence the name "firebird" and the strategy of controlled burnings of jack pine forests by conservationists, as well as staggered timber harvests, to help the birds survive.

This warbler species is featured in our gallery of some of North America's most endangered bird species.

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