The Kirtland’s Warbler

William Rapai discusses The Kirtland’s Warbler on Interlochen Public Radio

by Phillip Witteveen March 29, 2013

William Rapai, author of The Kirtland’s Warbler, appeared on Interlochen Public Radio’s Points North with Peter Payette recently to discuss the ornithological history of the rare Kirtland’s warbler. “Our understanding of the Kirtland’s warbler developed just in time to save it from extinction, and today, the population is estimated at more than 2000 birds,” Rapai said. This bird, soon to come off the endangered species list, nests primarily in stretches of jack pine forest that grow in the sandy soil of Northern Michigan. The first Kirtland’s warblers baffled the natural scientists of the mid 1800’s, and from its early elusive sightings,  they have continued to […]

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Two UMP titles named 2013 Michigan Notable Books

by Emily January 2, 2013

Last week, the Library of Michigan announced the 2013 Michigan Notable Books. Two of the twenty Notables were published by the University of Michigan Press: The Kirtland’s Warbler: The Story of a Bird’s Fight Against Extinction and the People Who Saved It by William Rapai, and The Boy Governor: Stevens T. Mason and the Birth of Michigan Politics by Don Faber. Selected from two hundred nominated titles, the 2013 Michigan Notable Books, the Detroit Free Press notes, “spotlight stories from the Great Lakes State or were written by Michigan-connected authors.” The Free Press also states that the selections were made by a committee comprised of […]

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Celebrate Michigan Wildlife this Holiday Season

by Brianne Johnson December 10, 2012

This holiday season, embrace the great outdoors without sacrificing your toes to the cold. How? It’s simple: celebrate Michigan wildlife with the Press’s The Lone Wolverine and The Kirtland’s Warbler. As part of the UMP Holiday Sale, these books (and more!) will be available through Dec. 31, 2012 for 40% off!

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Guest blog: Press author William Rapai on not being able to close the book on his relationship with the Kirtland’s warbler

by Emily June 7, 2012

William Rapai is the author of The Kirtland’s Warbler: The Story of a Bird’s Fight Against Extinction and the People Who Saved It. Here, he writes about the people he met while researching the book, his recent trips to see the birds—which arrived in their Northern Michigan summer nesting grounds last month—and how he just can’t seem to say farewell to the rare and charming Kirtland’s warbler. It should have been good-bye, but it wasn’t. During the introductions of the attendees at the winter 2012 meeting of the Kirtland’s Warbler Recovery Team, I stood up, introduced myself and told the […]

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