Red-winged Blackbird under threat…..but there is hope!

Alan D. Wilson, [CC BY-SA 2.5 (]

The Red-winged Blackbird’s scientific name Agelaius phoeniceus derives from Greek, meaning, roughly, “scarlet flock member,” referring to the male’s wing patch and the birds’ social habits. Still one of North America’s most abundant birds, the Red-winged Blackbird is nonetheless a concern for conservationists. Outside breeding season, Red-winged Blackbirds and other blackbirds are frequently targeted at their large roosts in agricultural areas, where the birds can cause significant crop damage. (The Bobolink is persecuted on its South American wintering grounds for similar reasons.)

For decades, control measures such as poisoning, trapping, and shooting, along with habitat loss and climate change, have resulted in a substantial decline in Red-winged Blackbird populations. Important conservation laws such as the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA), which protects rare and common species alike, are also under attack.

ABC and other organisations have joined together in a lawsuit to restore the protections afforded by the MBTA. Please donate to ABA to support their ongoing efforts.

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