Researchers Blog About Field Experiences Studying Birds

Kate Ruskin, a Ph.D. student in the University of Maine School of Biology and Ecology, and her field crew have been blogging about their experience in the field as part of the 2013 SHARP Maine Demographics project surveying tidal-marsh birds.

The Saltmarsh Habitat and Avian Research Program, or SHARP, was founded by a group of academic, governmental and nonprofit collaborators to provide critical information for the conservation of tidal-marsh birds, according to the program’s website.

As members of SHARP, the UMaine researchers are in charge of conducting point count surveys and monitoring sparrow populations at breeding sites.

This is UMaine’s third year taking part in the survey.

More on the research is available online.

The blog, which includes data, photos and stories can be viewed at