Author Archives: Kate Ruskin

SHARP research highlighted by PBS

PBS recently featured SHARP research online in an article by John Pratt entitled “Can the Saltmarsh Sparrow Keep Its Head Above Water?” Here’s a link to the story, which includes a clip of incredible video footage of tidal marsh birds … Continue reading

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SHARP presents at Science Picnic series on Nantucket Island

Postdoc Kate Ruskin recently presented on the work of SHARP project regionwide and on Nantucket this year.  The talk was part of a Science Picnic series hosted by the Linda Loring Nature Foundation, a local conservation group.

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SHARP profiled by ecoRI Environmental News

A new article by ecoRI environmental news profiles the decline of the Saltmarsh Sparrow and the work of SHARP.

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An update on our mystery bird (green/red metal/orange)

We’ve heard from one of her banders, Lauren Deaner.  This female Saltmarsh Sparrow was banded on Shell Key in Pinellas County, Florida on October 31, 2015.  Lauren bands Saltmarsh and Nelson’s Sparrows on their wintering grounds with Dr. Jon Greenlaw … Continue reading

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Wanted: Green/Red Metal/Orange -Banded Saltmarsh Sparrow

SHARP members recently helped with detective work to discover the identity of a Saltmarsh Sparrow with 4 leg bands (3 colors, 1 USGS metal band with a unique number) that was spotted in RI this weekend.   While monitoring Jacob’s … Continue reading

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SHARP expands to Nantucket

UConn postdoc Kate Ruskin is bringing the SHARP point count protocol to Nantucket Island in Massachusetts this year.  In 2016, SHARP has formed a new partnership with the Nantucket Biodiversity Initiative, which is funding a season of point counts in … Continue reading

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SHARP meets in CT

SHARP members and collaborators met this week at University of Connecticut.  We swapped updates, checked in about project deliverables, advanced all of our projects, and had a good time doing it.  Depending on how you count it, SHARP has 7 … Continue reading

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SHARP invited to Gulf of Mexico marsh bird workshop

SHARP PhD candidate Mo Correll and postdoc Kate Ruskin participated in a workshop on Gulf of Mexico marsh bird monitoring this week in Lafayette, LA.  Mo and Kate presented on the SHARP methodology to researchers in the Gulf who are … Continue reading

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Nanotags successfully track Saltmarsh Sparrow migration

Late-season field work by SHARP crews to outfit Saltmarsh Sparrows in Maine and Rhode Island have begun to pay off!  Two Saltmarsh Sparrows tagged by SHARP have already been picked up at receivers south of where they were breeding.  Read … Continue reading

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NH Saltmarsh Sparrow spotted in NY!

A local birder with an excellent camera identified a SHARP-tagged SALS at Coney Island, NY.  The bird was originally banded in NH, last seen in summer 2013.  Read more about it here. Thanks to Klemens Gasser for the photos and … Continue reading

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