Calling All Birders!

The Spring Migration Blitz challenges birders to seek and record Rusty Blackbirds during their spring migration northward. How can you help? It’s easy!  Search for this elusive species anywhere you want during your state, province or territory’s suggested time frame, and report your sightings as a Rusty Blackbird Blitz survey on eBird. Take photos, capture videos, and record vocalizations if you’d like.  Also, check out our Rusty Blackbird Blitz 2014 datasheet for additional information to collect while you’re out in the field, or use our Spring Migration Blitz Optional Protocol for step-by-step data collection and entry instructions.  Since we’re just as interested in when and where you don’t find Rusties, don’t forget to report all of your birding effort, regardless of whether you detected the target species or not.

Want to learn more about the effort in your state or region?  Have questions about where to look?  Want to help publicize this event? We’re recruiting a coordinator for each participating U.S. state and Canadian province/territory to oversee local efforts.  If you have questions, please contact your local coordinator or the overall Migration Blitz Coordinator, Judith Scarl.

AlabamaEric Soehren and John Trent
AlaskaDavid Tessler and Beth Peluso
AlbertaYousif Attia and James Fox and Jason Rogers
ArkansasDan Scheiman
British Columbia (Fraser Valley)Gord Gadsden
British ColumbiaPaul Preston
ConnecticutJames Restivo
DelawareJoe Sebastiani
District of ColumbiaSarah Kirchen
GeorgiaSteve Holzman
IllinoisNick Sly and Drew Becker
IndianaDon Gorney and Landon Neumann and Amy Kearns
IowaChelsea Underwood
KansasValerie Arkell
KentuckyKate Heyden
LouisianaSinead Borchert
MaineLouis Bevier
ManitobaChristian Artuso and Rob Parsons
MarylandRob Ostrowski and Bill Hubick
MassachusettsDrew Vitz
MichiganVince Cavalieri
MinnesotaAlyssa DeRubeis and Brittney Yohannes
MississippiJason Hoeksema
New BrunswickRaymonde Savoie
New HampshireCarol Foss
New JerseyEric Sibbald
New York (upstate)open
New York (NYC/LI)Derek Rogers and Mike Shanley (Staten Island only)
Newfoundland and LabradorEmily Herdman
North CarolinaScott Anderson
North DakotaDave Lambeth
Northwest TerritoriesRhiannon Leshyk
Nova ScotiaKate Steele
NunavutClare Kines and Rhiannon Leshyk
OhioTom Bain
OklahomaJosh Engelbert and Melinda Droege
OntarioMike Burrell
PennsylvaniaDoug Gross and Bob Mulvihill
QuébecRegroupement QuébecOiseaux
Rhode IslandRachel Farrell
SaskatchewanGreg Kratzig
South CarolinaJohn Quinn and Kathleen O'Grady
South Dakotaopen
TennesseeCyndi Routledge
Texas (east)Richard Gibbons
VermontCharlie Browne
VirginiaBob Ake
West VirginiaJohn Boback
WisconsinJessica Gorzo
YukonPam Sinclair