Rusty Blackbird Spring Migration Blitz

When: April 12-May 31
Statewide (and other states), enter sightings on eBird

Rusty Blackbird. W1
Photograph by Glenn Bartley

This is a new project for Audubon Alaska, in partnership with the International Rusty Blackbird Working Group and the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. Rusty Blackbirds, although numerous, are declining alarmingly, putting them on the Red List of the Alaska WatchList. The causes of decline aren't well understood, so researchers are scrambling to find out more.

Here's where you can help, from anywhere! All you have to do is enter your bird sightings in eBird or print out this datasheet--especially when you find a Rusty Blackbird. If you went out looking them but didn't see any, that's useful too--we want to document when Rusty Blackbirds first start appearing in Alaska and when migration seems to wind down. When you login to eBird, on the second data entry page, select "Other--Rusty Blackbird Spring Migration Blitz" under "Observation Type".


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