Author Archives: Bri Benvenuti

Molting and Migration

By: Alyssa Borowske @UConn In a recent publication in The Auk (found here), Alyssa Borowske, Chris Elphick, and Carina Gjerdrum looked at the effect that reproductive investment has on the timing of three events in the lives of male and … Continue reading

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“The Vandal”

By: Bri Benvenuti @ UNH  Introducing 2511-26781. Sporting University of Idaho black and yellow leg bands, this male Nelson’s Sparrow was nicknamed “The Vandal” during an observational study comparing the mating behavior between male Saltmarsh and Nelson’s Sparrows in New Hampshire. Banded … Continue reading

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SHARP Students Present at NEAFWA

Three SHARP students presented talks at the 72nd Annual Northeast Fish and Wildlife Conference (Annapolis MD, 5 April 2016).  Abstracts are available here.

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How many are there?

By: Chris Elphick @ UConn How many are there?  It seems like a simple question.  From a conservation standpoint, knowing the size of a population is central to deciding how rare a species is, how vulnerable it is, and what … Continue reading

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Canadian Sparrows – SHARP travels to Nova Scotia

By: Adrienne Kovach @UNH In July, while attending the annual meeting of the Association of Field Ornithologists, Society of Canadian Ornithologists, and Wilson Ornithological Society in Wolfville, Nova Scotia, several members of the SHARP team collected data on Canadian Maritime … Continue reading

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USFWS highlights nanotagging efforts

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently highlighted its collaborative effort with SHARP researchers to track saltmarsh sparrow migration using nanotags. https://usfwsnortheast.wordpress.com/2015/11/30/tiny-technology-thats-making-a-big-difference/

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Floating into Fall – Habitat Islands for Sparrows

By: Bri Benvenuti @UNH Over the past two summers, we’ve been experimenting with the use of floating habitat islands for increasing the nesting success of Saltmarsh Sparrows (i.e. via decreasing nest flooding). We view this as one of several possible short-term, targeted … Continue reading

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Invertebrates on the Marsh

By: Laura Garey @UMaine The exclosures are back again! An exclosure is a structure that excludes birds from a small area of the marsh to study the impact marsh birds have on their food source, which mostly consists of invertebrates. With … Continue reading

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Floating Islands 2.0

By: Bri Benvenuti @UNH With sea-level on the rise, Saltmarsh Sparrows are facing new challenges when it comes to nesting success.  As ground nesting birds, they are highly vulnerable to nest failure due to flooding by spring tides, which are … Continue reading

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3 years and 15,000km later—just your average Nelson’s sparrow

By: Kate Ruskin @UMaine Here at SHARP, we’re working on putting together the data from 2011-2014 for various analyses.  UConn PhD student Alyssa Borowske has been collecting information on birds that were captured both in the breeding grounds in the … Continue reading

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