The featured speaker at Yolo Audubon’s January 17th meeting is Dr. Bob Meese, one of the leading experts on tricolored blackbirds. He has worked with the species for 13 years and will present a summary of his research, including a review of their natural history and remarkable breeding biology.
The tricolor is currently under review for possible listing under the federal Endangered Species and California Endangered Species Acts, and Bob will describe the efforts to monitor and conserve the species, review its current status as measured by the 2017 Statewide Survey, and review the factors responsible for the species’ rapid decline in abundance. He will also discuss the prospects for their recovery. Bob will conclude with a description of his trapping and banding efforts and describe some of the surprising insights gained by having banded nearly 82,000 tricolors and recapturing over 2,000 previously banded birds.
The Yolo Audubon meeting will be held at the Davis Senior Center, 646 A Street in Davis, from 7:30 to 9 pm on January 17th. The meeting is open to the public, and people are invited to arrive at 7 pm for conversation and refreshments.