Calling All Birders!

Artuso_Rusty Blackbird_8722_m copyrightThe 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, and report your sightings to eBird using the “Rusty Blackbird Spring Migration Blitz” protocol. Although we encourage birders to search for and report Rusties any time between 1 March and 15 June, our suggested time frame for each state and province provides a guide for when you might expect Rusties to pass through your region.

What kind of data are we looking for? Anything and everything! At a minimum, we need to know where you saw Rusties and how many you observed. But any extra data you can provide helps- take photos, capture videos, and record vocalizations if you can, or note information about what your observed Rusties are doing or what habitat they’re using. Also, we’re just as interested in when and where you don’t find Rusties, so don’t forget to report all of your birding effort, regardless of whether you detected the target species or not.  For more data collection guidance, check out our Rusty Blackbird Blitz Datasheet or our Spring Migration Blitz Optional Protocol.

Want to learn more about the effort in your state or region?  Have questions about where to look?  Want to help publicize this event? Contact your state/province coordinator or the overall Migration Blitz Coordinator, Jay Wright.


AlabamaEric Soehren and John Trent
AlaskaBeth Peluso
AlbertaYousif Attia, James Fox, Jason Rogers, and Emily Herdman
ArkansasDan Scheiman
British Columbia (Fraser Valley)Gord Gadsden
British ColumbiaAaron Marshall
ConnecticutScott Kruitbosch
DelawareJoe Sebastiani
District of ColumbiaSarah Kirchen
FloridaCathy Ricketts
GeorgiaSteve Holzman
IllinoisNick Sly and Drew Becker
IndianaDon Gorney and Landon Neumann and Amy Kearns
IowaChelsea Underwood and Jessie Rude
KansasValerie Arkell and Aaron Balogh
KentuckyKate Slankard
LouisianaSinead Borchert
MaineLouis Bevier and Rob Ostrowski
ManitobaChristian Artuso and Rob Parsons
MarylandRob Ostrowski and Bill Hubick
MassachusettsDrew Vitz and Joan Walsh
MichiganVince Cavalieri and Rachelle Roake
MinnesotaAlyssa DeRubeis and Brittney Yohannes
MississippiJason Hoeksema and Mitch Robinson
MissouriDan Cowell
New BrunswickGreg Campbell
New HampshireCarol Foss
New JerseyNellie Tsipoura
New York (upstate)Will Raup
New York (NYC/LI)Derek Rogers and Mike Shanley (Staten Island only)
Newfoundland and LabradorDave Andrews
North CarolinaScott Anderson
North DakotaDave Lambeth
Northwest TerritoriesRhiannon Leshyk
Nova ScotiaKate Steele
NunavutClare Kines and Rhiannon Leshyk
OhioKen Ostermiller and Judy Kolo-Rose
OntarioKathy Jones
PennsylvaniaDoug Gross and Bob Mulvihill
QuébecRegroupement QuébecOiseaux
and Alexandre Anctil
Rhode IslandRachel Farrell
SaskatchewanGreg Kratzig
South CarolinaPaul Serridge and Kathleen O'Grady
South DakotaDick Latuchie and Brad McDonald
TennesseeCyndi Routledge
Texas (east)Richard Gibbons
VermontBruce MacPherson
VirginiaBob Ake
West VirginiaJohn Boback and Randy Bodkins
WisconsinJessica Gorzo and Chris Latimer
YukonPam Sinclair