Capital Facts: A forest near Ottawa houses one of the world’s rarest birds
Ottawa Citizen

By Blair Crawford, Ottawa Citizen, April 14, 2017

In celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday, the Citizen is rolling out one fact each day for 150 days until July 1, highlighting the odd, the fascinating and the important bits of Ottawa history you might not know about.

A tiny patch of pine forest near CFB Petawawa west of Ottawa is home to one of the world’s rarest birds. The tiny Kirtland’s Warbler is thought to nest in only one other area — a small number of counties in central Michigan. The bird prefers to nest on the ground in sandy, well-drained pine forests, a habitat often created by forest fires. The species is considered endangered with fewer than 4,000 birds left.

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