Photos: Bryan Stokes

The Salt Marsh In Peril

The Saltmarsh Sparrow (SALS) has often been referred to as the "Canary in the Coal Mine" for rising sea levels due to global warming. It has successfully built nests only an inch above the ground for thousands of years. This species is dependent upon healthy salt marshes on the east coast of the US. Since the 1990s, 75% of the population has been lost. It lives nowhere else in the world, and could become extinct by 2040, due to flooding and habitat loss. Learn more about our project to study this threatened species.

Saltmarsh Sparrow


In honor of his wife, Martha Jane Tebbenkamp, who passed away in August of 2019, Bill Reinert, brother of

COVID-19 Causes Changes to SSRI Project for Summer 2020


On the recommendations of the North American Banding Council, and to maintain consistency with partnering Saltmarsh Sparrow research teams in the Saltmarsh Habitat and Avian Research Program (SHARP), we are suspending all group bird banding operations this season, due to COVID-19... More details.


Read our latest full report: 
2017/2018 Interim Results

SSRI co-director Steve Reinert, has donated $1,500 to the Saltmarsh Sparrow Research Initiative... More details.


SSRI Research Highlighted in New Article by Todd McLeish

Our research work at Jacob's Point and the plight of the Saltmarsh Sparrow is the focus of a recent article by Todd McLeish in EcoRI News.


Photo © Evan Lipton

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