RUSTY BLACKBIRD SPRING MIGRATION BLITZ 2016
The Lake Erie Marsh Region of northwest Ohio provides critical stopover habitat for Rusty Blackbirds, and it's a species that's in steep decline. BSBO encourages you to learn more about the Rusty Blackbird Working Group's Rusty Blackbird Spring Migration Blitz 2016 and do your part to advance our knowledge of these wonderful birds.
About the Migration Blitz...
Rusty Blackbirds have experienced an 85-99% population drop in the last half-century. Over the last 15 years, research on Rusty Blackbird breeding and wintering ecology has allowed us to develop conservation strategies to protect this vulnerable species. But many questions still remain, and Rusty Blackbird migration habits are largely a mystery.
Migration Blitz Objectives...
The International Rusty Blackbird Working Group, in partnership with eBird, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, the Smithsonian, and the Vermont Center for Ecostudies, is launching a spring migration Blitz. The objectives of the Blitz are:
1. Identify migratory stopover sites
2. Determine consistency of numbers/timing of Rusty Blackbird migration
3. Strengthen relationships with state and federal agencies in order to advance Rusty Blackbird conservation
4. Engage the birding community and create increased awareness and excitement about Rusty Blackbirds
Will you accept the Rusty Blackbird Challenge?
This spring, help advance our understanding of one of the most rapidly declining landbirds in North America!