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					City of New York
Department of Parks & Recreation
Natural Resources Group




 Salt Marsh Sparrow Project
                               Nate McVay – NRG
  City of New York
  Department of Parks & Recreation
  Natural Resources Group

                  Saw Mill Creek Park

• The Natural Resources Group has conducted
  breeding bird surveys in Saw Mill Creek Park
  since 1992.
• Areas surveyed are predominantly salt marsh
  habitat with associated upland.
• Since 1998 there have been three restoration
  projects to enhance this ecosystem.
  City of New York
  Department of Parks & Recreation
  Natural Resources Group

        Seaside Sparrows & Sharp-tailed Sparrows
Seaside sparrows (Ammodramus maritimus) and Sharp-tailed sparrows (Ammodramus
caudactus) are two species of concern for us to monitor as indicators of a functioning
salt marsh.
Sesp is listed as T/E/SC for NY State and both are considered SGCN




  Seaside sparrows (Ammodramus maritimus)   Sharp-tailed sparrows (Ammodramus caudactus)
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Department of Parks & Recreation
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   Salt Marsh Sparrow Habitat
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Department of Parks & Recreation
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      Berm Removals and Study Area
  City of New York
  Department of Parks & Recreation
  Natural Resources Group

                              Restoration

• The projects all removed fill material or berms placed
  on the marsh surface in the early part of the 20th
  century.
• These projects magnified the reach of daily tidal
  flushing of the marshes and enhanced both the high
  and low marsh character of the area.
• Monitoring was completed four years prior to and a
  minimum of two breeding seasons after each
  restoration.
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                            Restoration
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  Department of Parks & Recreation
  Natural Resources Group

                        Survey Protocol

• NRG continues to use a composite
  methodology developed to be a hybrid of the
  Cornell, Audubon and Federation of New York
  State Bird Clubs protocols.
• Territories are established by examining the
  data from 8 separate visits to the site during
  the breeding season.
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Department of Parks & Recreation
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                 Confirmed Nesting
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                 Confirmed Nesting
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Department of Parks & Recreation
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        Distance of a 1/4 Mile of Restored Area
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                        Sharp-tailed Sparrows
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Department of Parks & Recreation
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                            Saeside Sparrows
  City of New York
  Department of Parks & Recreation
  Natural Resources Group



                               Discussion

• Relationship to restoration
• Survey techniques
• Establishing territory status
   City of New York
   Department of Parks & Recreation
   Natural Resources Group


                             Future Goals
• Looking to participate in a study of salt marsh sparrows in Bird
  Conservation Region (BCR) 30 in collaboration with USF&WS,
  NYC Audubon and other partners. This area includes the New
  England and Mid-Atlantic States.
• Breeding season 2011 will see a census focused on SESP and
  STSP in the greater area of high and low marsh in Saw Mill
  Creek Park.
• NYC Parks will also explore other City-owned salt marshes to
  document other salt marsh sparrow populations.

				
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