The slow drown

Salt marsh sparrows are little brown birds that have short, hopping flights in the marsh that you may not pay much attention to. But scientists keep a close eye on this species because they are obligate marsh breeders (the birds, not the scientists) that nest on the ground. In terms of marsh persistence, instead of the proverbial ‘canary in the coal mine’ we have the sparrow in the marsh, because as the sparrow goes, so may the marsh. That’s the topic of the latest article I’ve published in the newspaper.

Great Marsh sparrows a harbinger for things to come

Saltmarsh sparrow (Ammodramus caudacutus) eggs with a coffee-bean snail (Melampus bidentatus), Ipswich, Massachusetts
Saltmarsh sparrow (Ammodramus caudacutus) eggs with a coffee-bean snail (Melampus bidentatus), Ipswich, Massachusetts
Photo: Will Sweet, courtesy of http://www.allaboutbirds.org

 

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