December 16, 2014 7:19 PM

Endangered tricolor blackbird’s fate entwined with dairy industry

The recovery of the imperiled tricolored blackbird in California’s Central Valley is closely linked with the state’s dairy industry. More than $370,000 has been paid to dairy farmers who agree to delay harvesting their fields, where tricolored blackbirds nest. Earlier this month, California listed the tricolored blackbird as an endangered species on an emergency basis.

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