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Tricolored Blackbird colony update

April 16th, 2014 · by Daniela Ogden

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 a financial agreement.

Audubon California and heroes like you have come a long way toward saving this colony, but we still need to come to a final agreement with this landowner before we can claim success.

Our work to protect Tricolored Blackbirds around the state continues. This weekend, we’re launching a statewide Tricolored Blackbird survey with UC Davis. Expert birders will help us determine an accurate count of just how many of these rare birds remain. We encourage you to follow them as they track down colonies. We will be posting to our Instagram account (audubonca) and on Twitter (@audubonca).

Warm regards,

Meghan Hertel
Working Lands Program Director

Categories: Tricolored Blackbird · Working lands conservation

One Comment so far ↓

  • Liana

    Although I absolutely see the critical need to conserve these nesting lands for this year, I cannot see how this practice is sustainable. After paying a farmer initially, what prevents that person from repeatedly farming the land just to collect the money?? I would so much rather see a fundraiser of this magnitude go toward some long -term solutions such as acquiring and protecting wetlands in perpetuity, offering financial support to private landowners that actually love the birds and are interested in building or restoring habitat on their own property or purchasing converted croplands to restore. Recent discoveries of small breeding colonies of tricoloreds in Newberry Springs, California (pers obs) may perhaps be a sign for the future of this species in that maybe – just maybe- these birds can learn a different breeding strategy by selecting smaller wetland habitats and nesting in smaller colonies outside of their traditional grounds. Evolutionary adaptation at work before our very eyes??!