As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Saturday 5 April 2014

Audubon Goes Into Emergency Mode to Save Bird Species Today

by Chris Clarke
on April 3, 2014 10:47 AM
As much as a sixth of the total population of an emblematic California bird species faces harm this week, and a prestigious group has gone into emergency mode to prevent a tragedy.

According to Audubon California, between 25,000 and 50,000 tricolored blackbirds are currently nesting in a field in Madera County that is slated for harvest as early as today, and the group is feverishly working with the farm owner to delay that harvest until the baby blackbirds have left their nests.

Fewer than 300,000 tricolored blackbirds remain in the world, which means losing 50,000 could be a serious blow to the species. But though such stories often play out in conflict between wildlife advocates and landowners, this one has a twist: the farmer's also looking for a way out that doesn't hurt the birds.


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