Much needs to be done to understand the decline and we hope much can still be done to protect and recover the rusty and its habitat while the species is still numerous. So...
A one-day workshop was held to discuss our current knowledge and to begin to map out a plan for the future.
The program included presentations on what is known about the current status and possible causes of decline, the status of the species in the South Atlantic Coast region, and a focused discussion of research, monitoring, and management needs.
The workshop was organized by the International Rusty Blackbird Technical Group, which includes staff or faculty of the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources at the University of Georgia, the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center, and the Cape Romain Bird Observatory.
Some of the presentations below can be downloaded as pdf files.
8:30 Meet and Greet
9 - 10 The Big Picture
Where do Atlantic Coast populations breed? Russ Greenberg (for Keith Hobson et al., Environment Canada)
10:15-11 Wintering Ground Issues
Mercury contamination David Evers (Biodiversity Research Institute) by phone
11:15- 12 Focus on the South Atlantic Region
12 - 1:30 Lunch and Informal Discussions
1:30 - 3 Group Discussions
Research ideas and monitoring needs for the South Atlantic region
Key regions and sites to initiate research
Strategies of outreach to the public
Developing support for future work
3 Wrap-up and Discussion of Partnerships and Roles for Future Work
4 - 6 Join us for an expedition to see a spectacular blackbird roost with Rusties at a nearby locality