General Membership Meeting – Feenstra on Tricolored Blackbirds

Everyone welcome. Come early for social hour.

Encino Community Center, 4935 Balboa Blvd., Encino. Located between Moorpark and Ventura Blvd., on the west side of Balboa, just south of the Presbyterian Church.

Our speaker, Jonathan S. Feenstra Ph.D., will talk about Tricolored Blackbirds in Southern California.

The Tricolored Blackbird is North America’s only colonial nesting landbird and is nearly endemic to the state of California. In the past century the statewide population has seen a precipitous decline, and for nearly 15 years state and federal agencies have been monitoring and trying to save major breeding colonies. For the past few years the population in Southern California has been attracting more attention. In this presentation Jon describes the latest results of how our local Tricoloreds are doing and what is on the horizon.

Jon Feenstra is a freelance ornithologist living in Los Angeles. He holds a Ph.D. in chemical physics from Caltech but now works as an ecological consultant and bird surveyor, and as a tour leader for WINGS. When he is not looking through binoculars, he cooks, reads, climbs, bikes, listens to music, and travels the world.