Keeping the Tricolored off the Endangered Species List
California is home to 95% of all Tricolored blackbirds in the world, which are listed as a state species of special concern.
Due primarily to losses in native wetland habitat, Tricolored Blackbirds have been steadily declining for a century. Current population estimates are 250,000 birds, but it is believed the population once numbered in the millions.
Twice, the tricolor has been petitioned for listing at the state and federal levels, first in 1994 and then again in 2004. As a result of the pressure for listing and in the face of a dramatic population decline, a cooperative working group of industry, conservation, and wildlife organizations formed to proactively intervene to prevent the need for listing.