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Saltmarsh Sparrows Struggle to Keep their Heads Above Water
Wednesday October 10, 2018   |
Saltmarsh Sparrow

For birds that nest in salt marshes, climate change and the threat of sea level rise is no theoretical concern. Biologists are using remote video cameras to study how Saltmarsh Sparrows and other species that nest in tidal marshes cope with sea level rise.

Saltmarsh Sparrows have long adapted to uncertain tide levels. Their eggs, for example, can be inundated for up to 90 minutes and still survive. Nestlings can scramble up marsh grasses to escape rising waters, even before they are ready to leave the nest. Is this enough, though, for the sparrows to survive the increasing frequency of flood tides?

Read the full New York Times story at https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/17/science/saltmarsh-sparrow-extinction.html?rref=collection%2Ftimestopic%2FBirds&action=click&contentCollection=science&region=stream&module=stream_unit&version=latest&contentPlacement=3&pgtype=collection

 


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