[CT Birds] 2016 Rusty Blackbird Spring Migration Blitz

Scott Kruitbosch skruitbosch at rtpi.org
Tue Feb 16 12:13:42 EST 2016

Citizen scientists – the 2016 Rusty Blackbird Spring Migration Blitz is 
coming to Connecticut next month! I am the statewide Connecticut 
coordinator for the Rusty Blackbird Spring Migration Blitz, running from 
March through mid-June across the continent and focused in Connecticut 
from mid-March through April. This effort to save the one of the fastest 
declining once-common landbirds in North America needs your help. You 
can learn more about the Rusty Blackbird in a two-page informational 
document here: http://rtpi.org/rusty-blackbird-blitz-2016/

And on the Rusty Blackbird International Working Group’s website: 

The Rusty Blackbird Spring Migration Blitz has four key objectives:
1. Determine important migratory stopover sites (and characteristics of 
those sites) for Rusty Blackbirds traveling back to their breeding grounds;
2. Assess the consistency of numbers at different stopover locations and 
the consistency of timing of stopover occurrence; this will be achieved 
by repeating the Blitz for three consecutive years (2014-2016). We’ll 
revisit Areas of Interest that supported large flocks in 2014 and 2015 
to evaluate whether these locations support Rusties during migration for 
a third year.
3. Leverage the Blitz process and communications to strengthen 
relationships with state, federal and private conservation organizations 
and personnel. This will include collecting data to inform State 
Wildlife Action Plans, Joint Venture implementation strategies, and 
other conservation efforts with the ultimate goal of promoting Rusty 
Blackbird conservation;
4. Use the Blitz to better engage the birding community and create 
increased awareness and engagement regarding Rusty Blackbirds and their 

More information will be coming in the next few weeks, but for now, 
please keep eBirding all the Rusty Blackbirds that you can for us in 
Connecticut. Thank you very much, and good birding!


Scott Kruitbosch
Conservation & Outreach Coordinator
Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History
311 Curtis Street
Jamestown, NY 14701-9620
skruitbosch at rtpi.org
www.rtpi.org <http://www.rtpi.org>
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