Working Group Meeting

The meeting was well attended with the agencies, industry, and non-profit groups being represented. To begin the meeting Bob Meese presented survey data and colony fate determination at select colonies from the 2010 season. The general conclusion was that the majority of colonies are showing low reproductive success and fledglings produced per nest is showing a yearly decline since 2006. He also presented on banding efforts from 2010 resulting in over 160 recaptured birds. As the results are extensive (and fascinating), I encourage everyone to see his report on the Portal when it becomes available. He also highlighted a report created by the Western Riverside County Multiple Species Habitat Conservation Plan Biological Monitoring Program that documents the decline of the Tricolored Blackbird in Southern California since 1997. This report is available now on the homepage of the Portal and I encourage everyone to read it.