Author Archives: Kate Ruskin

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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SHARP launching nanotags on Saltmarsh Sparrows

Two SHARP crews are deploying nanotags on Saltmarsh Sparrows in Maine and Rhode Island, to track birds on migration.  Read more about it here. Nanotags are fastened with elastic loops that go around the birds’ legs, similar to a backpack.

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SHARP Maine field tech Jennie Wiacek wins research award for her senior thesis on Sharp-tailed Sparrow bill morphology

SHARP Maine demographics technician 2012-2013 and recent Unity College graduate Jennie Wiacek won the undergraduate research award at a Unity student conference.  Jennie examined the shape of Saltmarsh Sparrow bill size across the global species range.  She found that individuals breeding further … Continue reading

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