28 January 2011 Blackbird Blitz Posted by: Molly Edmonds | 1 comment | Share: This time of year, male rusty blackbirds appear mostly blackish with some rusty fringes. Scientists need your help! Here’s an easy way you can make a difference for wildlife: just go outside and count birds. This weekend marks the beginning of the Rusty Blackbird Blitz, a winter survey created by the Rusty Blackbird Working Group. The idea is to find and count as many rusty blackbirds as possible and submit your findings online. The data collected will go a long way to help this increasingly rare bird. “Blackbirds have been in the news a lot lately because of the 5,000 birds that died in Arkansas after being frightened from their roost by nighttime fireworks,” says eBird leader Brian Sullivan. “But the sad truth is that birds of all species are dying by the hundreds of thousands every day. Some die from collisions with man-made structures, and many species simply start fading away because the habitat they need has been lost to development. The Rusty Blackbird is a prime example.” “The sad truth is that birds of all species are dying by the hundreds of thousands every day.” Rusty blackbird numbers have nose-dived by as much as 88-98% over the last few decades. The once-abundant rusty blackbird is rapidly disappearing before our eyes. Your observations can help save this species by providing scientists with critical information about what these birds need not only to survive, but to once again thrive. The Blitz runs from January 29 to February 13. To learn how to participate and for information on rusty blackbirds visit the eBird website. One Response to “Blackbird Blitz” Post Your Comment Click here to cancel reply. Name (required) Mail (required) (will not be published) You May also be interested in Wolf Weekly Wrap Up Some Good News for Wolves in Idaho… Finally! Muddied Waters for Washington Wolves Did You Submit Your Comments? Red Wolves Still in Trouble But We Have Time to Help; Comment Period Closing on Harmful Mexican Gray Wolf Rule; Washington’s Lookout Pack Caught in Fire Literary Legacy Terry Tempest Williams is a widely published author and naturalist and a fierce advocate for ecological consciousness and social change. Big Things Coming from the Northwest Defenders of Wildlife work in the Northwest creates opportunities to promote wildlife protection and sustainable management of public lands.