Another Species Is In A Decline
Another California species is reported to be in trouble with environmental community fingers being pointed at use of pesticides and other farming practices.
A significant decline in population is occurring in what was once one of the state’s most populous bird species, the tricolored blackbird.
Audubon California estimates there are about 260,000 of the birds, down from 400,000 estimated five years ago. In 1937, the species numbered an estimated 3 million.
The Sacramento Bee reported that the tricolored blackbird – which has a red shoulder patch and a white bar of feathers on its wing – differs from the more common red-winged blackbird because it lives in tight colonies.
The declines are being seen throughout the San Joaquin and Sacramento valleys.