BY AMY WOLD
The Advocate March 22, 2014
BATON ROUGE -- Rusty blackbirds do not have flashy plumage and their songs can be likened to the sound of a VHS tape rewinding or a squeaky door, but they are the focus of birders from Canada to Louisiana as researchers try to find out why their populations have declined dramatically.
The Rusty Blackbird Spring Migration Blitz is going on in Louisiana through March and is part of a larger effort to enlist birders along the rusty blackbirds' migration route to track what habitats the birds are using and where those are, and even as important, where the birds are not found this spring.
Volunteers are still needed in Louisiana.
Although the population decline of rusty blackbirds is thought to have been going on for decades, it was brought to the attention of ornithologists and birders after a 1999 report. Russ Greenberg was one of the authors of the report.
Read more here: http://www.sunherald.com/2014/03/22/5437164/birders-seek-cause-of-rusty-blackbirds.html#storylink=cp