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Tricolored Blackbirds IMMEDIATE Action Needed

April 3, 2014

This was just passed to us from Garry George, Chapter Network Director at Audubon California:

This morning, we at Audubon California learned of a dairy in Madera with an estimated 25,000 to 50,000 Tricolored Blackbirds nesting in the dairy’s wheat fields.Call Kym Pietsch, CA’s Director of Development: (626) 390-2631
Or Link to Credit Card Payment: https://secure3.convio.net/nasaud/site/Donation2?df_id=1320&1320.donation=form1

The wheat where the birds are nesting is scheduled to be harvested this week in order to provide food for the dairy’s cows. The farm managers have consistently said that they have to harvest the field this week or they will have to send cows to the slaughter house for lack of forage crop to feed them. Our California dairies are all struggling financially, so we understand this reality. But right now, this farm is home to 25-50% of the entire Tricolored Blackbird population in their three-county stronghold. It’s the kind of harvest that could be devastating for the species.Call Kym Pietsch, CA’s Director of Development: (626) 390-2631
Or Link to Credit Card Payment: https://secure3.convio.net/nasaud/site/Donation2?df_id=1320&1320.donation=form1

We can save this colony, but we have to raise $40,000 in the next 24 hours to purchase food for the cows in order to do so.   Why is this important?  Because the Tricolored Blackbird is currently at risk for extinction.  We have seen the total population decline in recent years, with a critical 85 percent drop in colony size since 2006, as colony after colony has been mowed down while nesting.Please consider making an investment today in the future of these birds.  They urgently need your help.  You can call Kym Pietsch, our Director of Development, at (626) 390-2631 to make a gift or pledge over the phone, or if you have any questions.
Call Kym Pietsch, CA’s Director of Development: (626) 390-2631
Or Link to Credit Card Payment: https://secure3.convio.net/nasaud/site/Donation2?df_id=1320&1320.donation=form1
 
Thank you so much for all you do for birds and for being a partner in our efforts to save them.
Best regards,

Brigid McCormack

P.S.   I want you to know that saving this bird is an all-out effort for our team.  In addition to raising funds, we are working with our partners (farmers, agencies and other NGO’s) throughout the Central Valley to convince the farm to delay its harvest until the young Tricolored Blackbirds have fledged.  I’ll be sure to keep you up to date with our progress.

Call Kym Pietsch, CA’s Director of Development: (626) 390-2631
Or Link to Credit Card Payment: https://secure3.convio.net/nasaud/site/Donation2?df_id=1320&1320.donation=form1

 
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