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Tricolored Blackbird colony update

April 16th, 2014 · No Comments · Tricolored Blackbird, Working lands conservation

Thank you again for your generosity and continued interest in the threatened colony of 50,000 Tricolored Blackbirds. Your contribution has helped delay the harvesting of the field with the Tricolored Blackbird colony until early May while negotiations continue. This should allow enough time for the colony’s young to successfully fledge and for us to reach […]

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Update on Tricolored Blackbird emergency

April 11th, 2014 · No Comments · Tricolored Blackbird, Water issues, Working lands conservation

Here is the latest from our Working Lands Program Director: Thank you so much for your tremendous support and continued interest in the at-risk colony of 50,000 Tricolored Blackbirds. Here is the latest update: We asked you to contribute toward an ambitious goal of $40,000 in 24 hours and your response astounded us! You have […]

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Update on Tricolored Blackbird colony in distress

April 4th, 2014 · 10 Comments · Bird conservation, Tricolored Blackbird, Working lands conservation

To clarify, we did succeed in raising $40,000 (woohoo!) but we still don’t know how much it will ultimately cost to save this colony. We are also making agreements with other farmers who have colonies. All funds raised will go to Tricolored Blackbird conservation. We hope to know more soon. Thank you again for your […]

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Dry spring imperils rare Tricolored Blackbirds

March 17th, 2014 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Tricolored Blackbird, Water issues

Great piece this weekend by Mark Grossi of the Fresno Bee about how the drought is making things particularly tough for the state’s Tricolored Blackbird population. If you’ve been following Audubon California for any length of time, you know that we are heavily invested in saving the Tricolored Blackbird. We’ll have more on this story […]

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How the drought is affecting birds

February 18th, 2014 · 1 Comment · Audubon California, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Tricolored Blackbird, Water issues

Severe drought conditions in California are having a big effect on just about everyone, including the birds. Even though we’ve finally received some rain in the last couple of weeks, we’re still a long way from where we need to be – nobody is celebrating the end of the drought. We’ve been speaking with our […]

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Creating new habitat for rare Tricolored Blackbird in L.A. County

December 3rd, 2013 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Tricolored Blackbird

Good to see the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service working with L.A. County to create more habitat for the troubled Tricolored Blackbird. This is a project that Audubon California consulted on some time ago. We’re happy to see it move forward. Share on Facebook

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Why Five Dollars Five Birds?

April 17th, 2013 · 1 Comment · Tricolored Blackbird, Video, Water issues, Working lands conservation

Keiller Kyle explains why Audubon California works with farmers in California’s dairy country to save the Tricolored Blackbird. Share on Facebook

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What does a Tricolored Blackbird sound like?

April 17th, 2013 · Comments Off · Tricolored Blackbird, Video

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Opening day for Tricolored Blackbirds

April 2nd, 2013 · 1 Comment · Tricolored Blackbird, Working lands conservation

By Keiller Kyle, Tricolored Blackbird Program Manager Opening Day has come; Opening Day for the Tricolored Blackbird season, that is. Despite being on the job for four springs so far, my blood still starts pumping faster when I come upon a Tricolored Blackbird colony. Usually I can tell I’m getting close to one of the […]

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Tricolored Blackbirds preparing for breeding season

March 14th, 2013 · Comments Off · Tricolored Blackbird

Guest post by Keiller Kyle, Tricolored Blackbird Project Manager Spring is in the air and over the next two weeks we expect to see Tricolors form into large flocks in preparation for the breeding season. Your generosity helped the Tricolored Blackbird population get through quite the dry spell in 2012. With the help of  Tricolored […]

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Your nominees for Audubon California’s 2012 Bird of the Year are …

October 20th, 2012 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Black Oystercatcher, Tricolored Blackbird, Western Snowy Plover

The nominees for Audubon California’s 2012 Bird of the Year are: Golden Eagle, Black Oystercatcher, Tricolored Blackbird, Yellow Warbler, Sandhill Crane, Western Snowy Plover, and Burrowing Owl. You’ll decide which bird wins. Vote now for one of the nominated birds — or write in your own choice. Voting continues through Dec. 7. Want to know […]

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Voting for Audubon California’s 2012 Bird of the Year has begun

October 19th, 2012 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Black Oystercatcher, California Condor, Tricolored Blackbird, Yellow-billed Magpie

Voting has begun for Audubon California’s 2012 Bird of the Year, which will recognize a California bird species of conservation interest that made a significant impact this year. All members of the public are encouraged to cast their votes online through Dec. 7. Audubon California established the contest three years ago to highlight the state’s remarkable […]

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1/5 of the entire Tricolored Blackbird population saved

July 16th, 2012 · 3 Comments · Tricolored Blackbird, Working lands conservation

Each year, Tricolored Blackbirds nest in just a few huge colonies in California, often in grain fields on dairy farms due to habitat loss. Without incentive to do otherwise, farmers sometimes harvest the fields before the young can fly. A machine harvester can easily wipe out 25 percent of the entire species’ young in just a […]

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Tricolored Blackbird program featured in Central Valley Business Times

July 12th, 2012 · Comments Off · Tricolored Blackbird, Working lands conservation

Today’s Central Valley Business Times featured an article about our work with NRCS and farmers to help Tricolored Blackbirds in the Central Valley. Check it out here… Share on Facebook

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Partnerships between dairy farmers and conservationists save 60,000 rare Tricolored Blackbirds

July 9th, 2012 · Comments Off · Tricolored Blackbird, Working lands conservation

The USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and Audubon California have released final 2012 results on the status of the rare Tricolored Blackbird, a California Bird Species of Special Concern, found in California’s Central Valley. Results show the species is having a good year, thanks in large part to four farmers who have agreed to […]

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