I was following an online conversation where someone was complaining (not without justice!) that people were much more interested in beer than in conservation.

My solution to this is to combine the two.

The Kirtland’s Warbler is endangered as all get out, breeds only in jack pine forests in Michigan, and is believed to number some 5000 individuals. On the bright side, that’s a lot more than there used to be and conservation efforts seem to be helping a lot.

This was a quick silliness, but if you really must have a print, far be it from me to stop you…

  • reply Alaina ,

    That is awesome!! You need to draw more birds.. love em!

    • reply Andrew Ragland ,

      Someone needs to actually brew this, and donate some of the proceeds to a bird conservation fund. Ursula, would you be amenable to the idea?

      • reply Don Hilliard ,

        That is one gently happy bird. Nice.

        (There’s a brewery here in Oregon that for some years had really lovely anthropomorphic art on their labels for Pine Marten IPA, Monkey Face Porter and Rooster Tail Ale. They redesigned the labels to appeal to yuppies and I don’t think I’ve bought any since.)

        • reply Tara ,

          That’s genius! “Conservation through Fermentation” You could/should totally sell that!

          By the by, thought you’d enjoy this:


          A winery in South Africa that contributes to conservation of the Western Leopard Toad.

          • reply owlor ,

            any time you do a label, people inevitably respond with “this should totally be a real product.” I usually agree and in this case, it does actually seem kinda plausible. I mean, it was hard enough to get soap and tea, but if the idea is that it’s something for charity, to make people aware of endangered birds, then you might actually be able to find an ecology-minded micro-brewery wiling to make a deal.

            While I realize that the chances of that actually coming to pass is fairly slim, should this become a real beer, Iäd like Kevin to review it on KUEC….

            • reply RhianimatorLGP ,

              One of the trickiest bits of going pro with brewing is getting your labels done and registered and accepted. Just ask Mt. Shasta Brewing company, who dared to make labels playing on their hometown of Weed, CA. They had a Lengthy argument with the ATF about their “Legal Weed” slogan. Sometimes I think those people get their sense of humor surgically removed to get their cushy gummit job.

              • reply Victoria ,

                I’m thirding (or is it fourthing) the “this should be a real beer” idea. Surely there are multiple microbreweries in Michigan and one of them might be interested in doing a short-run, limited edition batch.

                I’d be interested to learn what a warblerbrau beer would taste like. Piney, perhaps? Nutty? Whatever seeds the warbler eats?

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