Get ready for the Rusty Blackbird Spring Migration Blitz for 2016. Rusty Blackbird populations have plummeted and no one knows why. Researchers have examined Rusty Blackbird breeding areas and winter habitat to collect information that provided important clues to their decline. Now it is time to focus on migration stopover sites.
In 2014 and 2015 the International Rusty Blackbird Working Group sponsored the Rusty Blackbird Spring Migration Blitz encouraging birders to actively look for Rusty Blackbirds in migration throughout their range and enter their observations into eBird. In 2015, for example, 4885 birders entered 13919 checklists with Rusty Blackbird observations into eBird during the count period, a tremendous success.
In Vermont Rusty Blackbirds were placed on the Endangered Species list in 2014. However, during Vermont's spring migration target dates from March 15 to May 1, 1090 Rusty Blackbirds were reported to VT eBird in 2014 and 658 in 2015 up from 117 in 2013, the year before the Blitz.
For more information about the Rusty Blackbird Spring Migration Blitz and Rusty Blackbird identification visit the International Rusty Blackbird Working Group website at:
or check out our Blitz Facebook page:
2016 is the final year for the Rusty Blackbird Spring Migration Blitz. Let's continue our success in Vermont by visiting Rusty Blackbird habitat during their migration and entering your observations into VT eBird.
Every Rusty Blackbird counts.
Green Mountain Audubon Society