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Growing Tricolored Blackbirds in Kern County

October 10th, 2014 · Comments Off · Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Brigid McCormack, Kern River Preserve, State Policy, Tricolored Blackbird

With the turn of a wrench, the first water is let loose. Only a trickle right now, one day it will lure flocks of Tricolored Blackbirds and create a riparian area in an otherwise very dry environment. Building surrogate habitats, that’s what the Audubon network is doing in Kern County. I had the pleasure of […]

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Survey reveals 44% decline in rare Tricolored Blackbirds

June 18th, 2014 · Comments Off · Tricolored Blackbird, Water issues, Working lands conservation

A comprehensive survey of Tricolored Blackbirds in California has confirmed that the population of the rare species has declined 44 percent since 2011. The 2014 survey – led by UC Davis, in partnership with Audubon California, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service — counted 145,000 Tricolored Blackbirds, down […]

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Tagging trikes

May 9th, 2014 · 1 Comment · Audubon at Home, Bird conservation, Michael Sutton, Tricolored Blackbird

Audubon’s Michael Sutton was invited by the Santa Lucia Conservancy this week to watch researchers with U.C. Davis  radio tag Tricolored Blackbirds at the Santa Lucia Preserve in the Carmel Valley. As you may know from reading this blog, California’s Tricolored Blackbirds are declining rapidly. Most of the birds live and breed in the Central […]

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Passenger Pigeons and Tricolored Blackbirds

April 27th, 2014 · 1 Comment · Audubon California, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Bird videos, Tricolored Blackbird

You’re going to be hearing a lot about the Passenger Pigeon in the coming months. September will mark the 100th anniversary of the death of Martha, the last Passenger Pigeon. The extinction of this species, which went from numbers in the billions to total extinction in just a few decades, is a cautionary tale that […]

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Researchers note drought impacts on Tricolored Blackbird

April 26th, 2014 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Tricolored Blackbird

Researchers describing the many impacts of the drought on wildlife note the particular dangers to Tricolored Blackbirds. Share on Facebook

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Everything you need to know about the decline of the Tricolored Blackbird in one chart

April 23rd, 2014 · 4 Comments · Audubon California, Bird Habitat, Tricolored Blackbird

As anyone reading this blog knows, Audubon California is committed to making a future for the Tricolored Blackbird, an increasingly rare species that is struggling for survival due to several factors. In recent years, Audubon  California and our many partners have taken a two-pronged approach. When birds have set up massive breeding colonies on dairy […]

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Tricolored Blackbird colony update

April 16th, 2014 · 1 Comment · 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 · Comments Off · 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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