Rusty blackbird on log

Rusty Blackbird Spring Migration Blitz

International Rusty Blackbird Working Group

  • February 1–April 30

This is an ongoing Citizen Science Experience. Contact the sponsoring organization to join in.



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Blitz for Blackbirds! Take part in this international effort to learn more about the Rusty Blackbird during its northward migration.  It's easy- bird as you normally do during the Blitz dates for your state and report your observations to eBird under the "Rusty Blackbird Spring Migration Blitz" protocol.  For more specific information, check out the Spring Migration Blitz Optional Protocol and learn more about collecting and reporting data.

Not sure you can tell a Rusty from a Grackle?  Confused by the similar blackbird calls?  Before you head out to survey, make sure you are confident in your ID skills.  Check out the Rusty Blackbird Identification tips to learn more about identifying Rusties and where you might expect to find them.

Contact your local coordinator for more information or check out our Facebook page. 

Rusty Blackbird Conservation Website