[CT Birds] Fwd: [MASSBIRD] Rusty Blackbird Migration Blitz

Tina and Peter Green petermgreen at hotmail.com
Sat Mar 1 06:02:31 EST 2014

I'm forwarding part of a posting that will be of interest to CT birders regarding the 
Rusty Blackbird Migration Blitz.
> I want to notify everyone that there is a Rusty Blackbird Migration Blitz occurring across the Eastern and Midwestern states this spring.  It is estimated that the global population of Rusty Blackbirds has declined by an astounding 85-95% since the mid 1990s.  
> This project is a collaborative effort by e-bird, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, and the Vermont Center for Ecostudies, and the goal is to learn about migratory requirements of Rusty Blackbirds, which biologists know surprisingly little about.  Getting involved in the study is rather straight forward.  Birders can go out, look for Rusties anywhere they like, and report their sightings (or lack thereof) to eBird under the "Rusty Blackbird Spring Migration Blitz" survey type.  However, for birders who'd like a bit more guidance, or for anyone who is willing to collect additional information that will be highly valuable to our efforts, we've developed an optional Rusty Blackbird Spring Migration Blitz protocol document. This document ( http://rustyblackbird.org/outreach/migration-blitz/collecting-and-reporting-data/ ) details how to record and report field observations and indicates the "extras" that birders can do to help our effort (take photos, record information about local habitat, etc).   Additional information on Rusty Blackbirds and the Migration Blitz can be found through this link ( http://rustyblackbird.org/outreach/migration-blitz/). 
Tina Green

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