LEZLIE STERLING/lsterling@sacbee.com

A male tri-colored blackbird takes flight on Don Bransford's farm near Williams. A plunge in the tri-colored blackbird population has conservationists and dairy farmers working together in a plan that allows farmers to get federal dollars if they delay harvest of their crop to allow young blackbirds to leave the nest on their farmland. So far the program has saved 65,000 blackbirds. Thursday, June 20, 2013.

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