Tuesday, April 28, 2009
April Marsh Birds
Yesterday the season's first Saltmarsh Sharp-tailed Sparrow was netted in one of the Station's four "marsh nets". Our season's first Seaside Sparrow appeared last week. A steady stream of Marsh Wrens, now numbering nineteen, have been banded since 30 March. Each of these species depends upon healthy wetlands to survive, yet in the Lynnhaven estuary, Virginia Beach and elsewhere around the United States wetlands continue to be altered, mitigated and "hardened" in the name of progress and economic prosperity.