New Report Documents Decline of Southern California Population Segment

A new report, "Recent History and Current Status of the Tricolored Blackbird in Southern California", prepared by the Western Riverside County Multiple Species Habitat Conservation Plan Biological Monitoring Program, has just been released. The report reviews the annual abundance of breeding tricolors in southern California since 1994 and provides an update on the status of the species. The report documents the alarming decline of tricolor abundance in southern California since 1997 and reveals the importance of Riverside County to tricolors in the entire southern California region. The report provides suggestions for management actions that may help to reverse the decline and enhance the prospects for the persistence of the species in southern California.