[CT Birds] Rusty Blackbird Blitz 2015

Scott Kruitbosch skruitbosch at rtpi.org
Wed Jan 7 10:26:45 EST 2015

Good morning all! I am the Connecticut Coordinator for the 2015 Rusty 
Blackbird Blitz, and I want to ask for your help this upcoming spring 
migration season in aiding a species in the midst of one of the most 
precipitous declines of any North American bird: 

To identify migratory hotspots, understand migration timing, and inspire 
the public to support Rusty Blackbird conservation, the International 
Rusty Blackbird Working Group developed and launched a three-year Rusty 
Blackbird Spring Migration Blitz in March 2014. While rangewide Blitz 
dates span the beginning of March through mid-June, each state and 
province focuses efforts during peak Rusty migratory activity for its 
region. Here in Connecticut, our peak Blitz dates are mid-March through 
April, when the majority of Rusties will travel through our region.

To participate, birders scour the landscape for Rusties and report their 
data to eBird (www.eBird.org) under the “Rusty Blackbird Spring 
Migration Blitz” observation type, allowing the Blitz to tap into an 
existing network of citizen scientists and to encourage new supporters 
to use a broad-based conservation tool. These data will be used to 
identify Rusty Blackbird hotspots across the landscape and assess 
whether critical stopover areas are adequately protected. The ultimate 
goal is to ensure that Rusty Blackbirds have access to high-quality 
habitat throughout a journey that is energetically costly and already 
fraught with peril.

If you run a local Audubon chapter or group, publish bird and 
conservation news in Connecticut, or would like to help get the word out 
on your own, please pass this on and feel free to use this article! 
Please email me for more information or with any questions and again, 
please see the article for more details and photos: 

Additionally, this is the 2015 Areas of Interest map for Rusties, places 
we want surveys and results from as much as possible: 

Let's see who can tally and enter the most Rusty Blackbirds in 2015. 
Thank you!

Scott Kruitbosch
Conservation & Outreach Coordinator
Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History
311 Curtis Street
Jamestown, NY 14701-9620
Tel. (716) 665-2473 ext. 224
skruitbosch at rtpi.org
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