Program Description

SHARP - final text logoThe Saltmarsh Habitat & Avian Research Program (SHARP) is a group of academic, governmental, and non-profit collaborators gathering the information necessary to conserve tidal-marsh birds.

OUR GOAL in the short term is to advise management actions across the Northeast United States (see the high resolution spatial data for our survey locations or demographic study sites) for the long-term conservation of tidal marsh birds and the ecosystem that supports them.  North America is home to the majority of our planet’s vertebrates that specialize on tidal salt marshes, making their conservation a uniquely North American responsibility.  Protecting tidal marsh birds also supplies us with a sensitive indicator of the ecosystem services provided by tidal marshes (e.g., storm protection for our coastal infrastructure, nurseries for our fisheries, and recreation for birders, anglers, and hunters).  Our program provides a consistent platform for monitoring the health of North America’s tidal-marsh bird communities and the marshes they inhabit in the face of sea-level rise and upland development.

THE CONSERVATION STATUS OF TIDAL-MARSH BIRDS August 2015
~ Executive Summary SWG Exec. Summary (647 downloads)
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Full Report SWG Report (518 downloads)
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State by State Summaries
move Connecticut SHARP summary (481 downloads)
move Delaware SHARP summary (379 downloads)
move Maine SHARP summary (457 downloads)
move Maryland SHARP summary (337 downloads)
move Massachusetts SHARP summary (436 downloads)
move New Hampshire SHARP summary (311 downloads)
move New Jersey SHARP summary (421 downloads)
move New York SHARP summary (415 downloads)
move Rhode Island SHARP summary (350 downloads)
move Virginia SHARP summary (310 downloads)

STATE OF THE PROGRAM SUMMARY July 2014 ~  SHARP Quick Sheet (594 downloads)
A brief summary of our ongoing projects and anticipated direction pending funding

ANNUAL REPORTS ON OUR PROGRESS
SHARP overview report 2015 (425 downloads)
SHARP overview report 2014 (357 downloads)
SHARP overview report 2013 (397 downloads)
SHARP overview report 2012 (973 downloads)

SHARP overview report 2011 (1263 downloads)

MORE ON THE NEED FOR TIDAL MARSH BIRD CONSERVATION

MAJOR FUNDING GENEROUSLY SUPPLIED BY

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Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the US Fish and Wildlife Service, the National Science Foundation, or any other funding agency.

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