KQED, San Francisco: Saving the Tricolored Blackbird

Host: Stephanie Martin

There was a time when millions of tri-colored blackbirds flew the California skies. The red and white patches on the male’s wings set them apart from more mundane blackbirds. In the last fifty years their population has plummeted to fewer than three-hundred thousand. Now, an unlikely coalition is working to save the species. Its members include farmers, environmentalists and government wildlife agencies.

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Photo Slideshow: See photos of the tri-colored blackbird and those working to save them.