Catte Egret Predation on Tricolored Blackbirds Summarized in New Publication

A report by U.C. Davis ecologist Bob Meese in the spring, 2012 issue of California Fish and Game summarizes the effects of cattle egret predation on tricolored blackbird breeding colonies. Cattle egrets, which have only relatively recently expanded their range into California, have since 2006 been severely reducing the reproductive success of tricolor colonies within the foraging range of their rookery in Tulare County. This new report documents the impacts of cattle egret predation from 2006 through 2011 and considers the conservation implications of continued losses of tricolor productivity to cattle egret predation.