Audubon Alaska partners with the International Rusty Blackbird Working Group and the Alaska Department of Fish and Game for this project. Rusty Blackbirds, although numerous, are declining alarmingly, putting them on the Red List of the Alaska WatchList. The causes of decline aren’t well understood, so researchers are scrambling to find out more. Visit our Rusty Blackbird Blitz webpage for resources about Rusty Blackbird identification
All you have to do is enter your bird sightings in eBird, whether you do or do not see a Rusty Blackbird. If you went out looking for them but didn’t see any, that’s useful information too. We want to document when Rusty Blackbirds first start appearing in Alaska and when migration seems to wind down. When you login to eBird, on the second data entry page under “Observation Type,” select “Other-Rusty Blackbird Spring Migration Blitz,” then enter your sightings as usual. That’s all there is to it!
If you want to follow reports of Rusties throughout migration, you can check the Rusty Blackbird Spring Migration Blitz Facebook page.