USFWS Finds Listing Not Warranted

August 20, 2019

On August 15, 2019 the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service published a finding that listing the tricolored blackbird under the U.S.

Tricolored Blackbirds featured in Living Bird Magazine

April 04, 2019

An article describing the biology and conservation of tricolored blackbirds was published in the Spring, 2019 issue of Cornell University's Living Bird Magazine.  The article, written by author Ben Goldfarb, highlights the unique biology of the species, the history of efforts to study it, the threats to its survival, and the work of the Tricolored Blackbird Working Group to conserve it.  You can read the on-line version of the article here.

2017 Statewide Survey April 7-9

January 13, 2017
The 2017 Tricolored Blackbird Statewide Survey will be conducted over three days - April 7th through the 9th, 2017. In case of severe weather, the Survey will occur over the weekend of April 21st through the 23rd.

California Fish and Game Commission Advances Tricolored Blackbird to Candidacy under CESA

December 11, 2015

At its December 10, 2015 meeting, the California Fish and Game Commission (Commission) voted 3-1 to advance the Tricolored Blackbird to candidacy under the California Endangered Species Act, triggering a 12-month period during which the California Department of Fish and Wildlife will conduct a status review to inform the Commission’s subsequent decision on whether to list the species as threatened or endangered. As a candidate species, the Tricolored Blackbird receives the same legal protection afforded to an endangered or threatened species (Fish & Game Code, § 2085).

State Endangered Status Allowed to Expire

June 11, 2015

Today the California Fish and Game Commission voted 2-1 to allow the emergency protection of the tricolored blackbird to expire by not recommending a full review by the Department of Fish and Wildlife of the status of the species.

C.B.D. Petitions U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service for Emergency Listing of Tricolored Blackbird as Endangered under E.S.A.

February 03, 2015

Today the Center for Biological Diversity petitioned the Secretary of the Interior to list the tricolored blackbird as endangered under the Endangered Species Act. The Center cited the recent steep population decline as documented in the most recent statewide surveys conducted in 2008, 2011, and 2014 as evidence for the need for federal protection.