Tricolored Blackbird

With the recent endangered species listing of the Tricolored Blackbird, dairymen and dairy silage farmers need to be aware of new regulations and resources available to them. We will continue to post updated information as it is released. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at (559)584-3557 or

Background Information

  • In an unprecedented decision, the tricolored blackbird has been granted emergency species protection by the California Fish and Wildlife Commission.
  • The decision, rendered in early December 2014,  gives the species full protection from take, harm, or harassment for 180 days.
  • For the last 3 years, the NRCS has lead a program that pays dairy farmers to delay harvesting silage crops through the species’ nesting season. Farmers are paid based on the value of the crop.
  • In 2015, Audubon California (an environmental group with a mission to conserve and restore natural ecosystems for birds), Western United Dairymen, and NRCS applied for grant funding to implement a program that continues to pay farmers to delay harvest.
    • The grant was approved in January 2015.
      • Awarded $1.2 million over 5 years
      • Program begins April 1, 2015, however, the reimbursements begin in 2016.






The following resources were presentations given at an informational workshop regarding the Tricolored Blackbird on January 26, 2015, in Tulare. If you have any questions about content, please contact us, or the following people: