Tricolored Blackbird Working Group

What it is

The Tricolored Blackbird Working Group is a voluntary group of state and federal agency biologists, non-governmental organizations, industry representatives, and academic scientists who share concern for the tricolored blackbird and a desire to work cooperatively to help to enhance and sustain the birds and their habitats.

What it does

The Tricolored Blackbird Working Group meets twice per year to discuss both long-term, strategic efforts as well as short-term immediate actions necessary to conserve the tricolored blackbird. The Working Group assesses the needs for and effectiveness of strategies and efforts already implemented and identifies steps yet to be taken that are necessary to conserve breeding colonies and surrounding foraging habitats. Generally, a spring meeting emphasizes the needs for the upcoming breeding season, while the fall meeting reviews results of the breeding season and sets priorities for next steps. The Working Group crafted the Conservation Strategy for the tricolored blackbird from 2004 to 2007, and designed and prepared for distribution a pamphlet describing the tricolored blackbird and efforts underway to try to conserve it. Numerous, less formal communications and meetings occur among Working Group members year-round.

Who it includes

The Tricolored Blackbird Working Group includes: Audubon California; California Association of Resource Conservation Districts; California Farm Bureau Federation; California Cattlemen's Association; California Department of Fish and Game; California Department of Food and Agriculture; Central Valley Bird Club; Central Valley Joint Venture; Natural Resources Conservation Service; Pacific Gas and Electric Company; PRBO Conservation Science; Sonoran Joint Venture; Sustainable Conservation; University of California, Agriculture and Natural Resources; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; U.S. Geological Survey; and the Western United Dairymen.