Tricolored Blackbird Workshop

On July 17 th , ECORP biologists presented a Tricolored Blackbird (TRBL) Workshop for the North State Building Industry Association. Avian Biologist Angela Haas presented background on the species’ breeding and foraging ecology and population trends. Biologist Emily Mecke presented an overview of the different contexts under which the species is currently regulated. The Workshop concluded with, Biologist Taraneh Emam leading a discussion on the future of avoidance, minimization, and mitigation measures for TRBL during a project’s development.
Emily Mecke Presenting
Following a petition for emergency action filed in 2015, TRBL (Agelaius tricolor) was listed as a threatened species under the California Endangered Species Act on April 19, 2018. With the listing, a California Endangered Species Act (CESA) 2081 Incidental Take Permit is required in order to “take” TRBL. Take is defined in the California Fish and Game Code as hunt, pursue, catch, capture, or kill – or attempt to hunt, pursue, catch, capture or kill. In addition, with the listing comes some uncertainty as to how Lead Agencies and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife will regulate impacts to potential TRBL foraging habitat under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). TRBL forage in a wide variety of open habitats, including agricultural fields and grasslands. ECORP can assist project applicants through the CESA and CEQA process with regards to this species. ECORP can also deliver this Workshop to any organization, city, or county that would like to learn more about TRBL regulations.
For more information, contact Lourdes Gonzalez-Peralta or Angela Haas at (916) 782-9100.

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