Category Archives: SHARP Blog

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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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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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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Does marsh restoration help Saltmarsh Sparrows?

By: Chris Elphick @ UConn Saltmarsh restoration is common in the northeastern USA, where SHARP’s work is focused.  Historically, restoration has focused largely on the eradication of Phragmites australis – an introduced grass that grows to 2+ meters tall and … Continue reading

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Modern Love (or Mating, at Least)

By: Kate Ruskin @UMaine People often cite birds as the ultimate example of romantic faithfulness (see Never Been Kissed for an incorrect, but nonetheless romantic, usage: “You know, Adelie penguins, they spend their whole lives looking for that one other … Continue reading

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Are marshes on the move?

By: Chris Field @UConn As we have highlighted in recent blog posts, much of SHARP is focused on better understanding today’s tidal marsh communities and how they are changing compared to the recent past. We are also working on bringing … Continue reading

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