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Join the Rusty Blackbird Spring Migration Blitz

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Bird watchers / © K.P. McFarland

Bird watchers / © K.P. McFarland

There is surprisingly little known about Rusty Blackbird migration. You can help us uncover the mystery. Are there hot spots where they congregate during migration?  Are similar migratory stopover areas used each year?  Are these stopover areas protected, or might availability of these areas be limiting Rusty Blackbird survival? There’s a lot to learn and only an army of observers can help us discover these important findings for conservation. 

The Rusty Blackbird Spring Migration Blitz is coordinated by VCE with the International Rusty Blackbird Working Group and in partnership with eBird.  Together, we hope you can help us  to seek out the elusive Rusty Blackbird throughout its migratory range – from the southern United States, through the Midwest and along the East Coast, and north into Canada and Alaska.

The Spring Migration Blitz kicked off in March of 2014 and will continue each spring through 2016. Each state, province, or territory is assigned target dates for conducting the Blitz based on estimated peak migration periods.

Looking to get involved? Volunteers like you are critical to the success of this initiative!   Visit the Rusty Blackbird Spring Blitz page to learn how you can participate!