Program Description

SHARP - final text logoThe Saltmarsh Habitat & Avian Research Program (SHARP) is a group of academic, governmental, and non-profit collaborators gathering the information necessary to conserve tidal-marsh birds.

OUR GOAL in the short term is to advise management actions across the Northeast United States (see the high resolution spatial data for our survey locations or demographic study sites) for the long-term conservation of tidal marsh birds and the ecosystem that supports them.  North America is home to the majority of our planet’s vertebrates that specialize on tidal salt marshes, making their conservation a uniquely North American responsibility.  Protecting tidal marsh birds also supplies us with a sensitive indicator of the ecosystem services provided by tidal marshes (e.g., storm protection for our coastal infrastructure, nurseries for our fisheries, and recreation for birders, anglers, and hunters).  Our program provides a consistent platform for monitoring the health of North America’s tidal-marsh bird communities and the marshes they inhabit in the face of sea-level rise and upland development.

JOB OPENINGS:  Hiring multiple field technicians for Summer 2016
Point-count Technicians – 2016 point count job ad (441)
~ Saltmarsh Elevation Survey Technicians – 2016 RTK job ad (254)

THE CONSERVATION STATUS OF TIDAL-MARSH BIRDS August 2015
~ Executive Summary SWG Exec. Summary (128)
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Full Report SWG Report (153)
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State by State Summaries
moveConnecticut SHARP summary (107)
moveDelaware SHARP summary (70)
moveMaine SHARP summary (83)
moveMaryland SHARP summary (64)
moveMassachusetts SHARP summary (72)
moveNew Hampshire SHARP summary (54)
moveNew Jersey SHARP summary (78)
moveNew York SHARP summary (89)
moveRhode Island SHARP summary (70)
moveVirginia SHARP summary (53)

STATE OF THE PROGRAM SUMMARY July 2014 ~ SHARP Quick Sheet (354)
A brief summary of our ongoing projects and anticipated direction pending funding

ANNUAL REPORTS ON OUR PROGRESS
SHARP overview report 2015 (102)
SHARP overview report 2014 (168)
SHARP overview report 2013 (206)
SHARP overview report 2012 (760)

SHARP overview report 2011 (1058)

MORE ON THE NEED FOR TIDAL MARSH BIRD CONSERVATION

MAJOR FUNDING GENEROUSLY SUPPLIED BY

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Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the US Fish and Wildlife Service, the National Science Foundation, or any other funding agency.

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