News and Events


Presentation at RINHS Conference
On November 15, 2019, Steve Reinert and Deirdre Robinson made a presentation at the Rhode Island Natural History Survey (RINHS) Conference. The Conference focused on "Climate Change & Rhode Island’s Natural History Future."  Here is an abstract of their presentation summarizing our "A Five-Year Study of the Demographics and Breeding Ecology of the Saltmarsh Sparrow in Upper Narragansett Bay."

Preliminary Update on Summer 2019

In the third summer of our project, we banded 14 adult female and 20 adult male Saltmarsh Sparrows, and documented the return, since 2017, of 15 marked females, 33 marked males, and 3 SALS banded as nestlings. In 2019 Jacob's Point Salt Marsh provided breeding-season habitat for a minimum of 84 adult SALS (63% males). It was a great summer! Many thanks to our loyal, hard-working volunteers!  Over the three years of our project, we have documented the fate, microhabitat, and elevation of 85 nests found during the three breeding seasons.

Photo credit: Deirdre Robinson

First Hatchlings of 2019

We had our first hatchlings of the 2019 first cycle on June 6th. The season is off to a great start with twenty nests found of which ten are still active.

Photo credit: Deirdre Robinson

'Canary in the Mine' for the Salt Marsh - by Deirdre Robinson, Wenley Ferguson, and Steve Reinert

The current issue of WildfloraRI, the Bulletin of the Rhode Island Wild Plant Society, features a cover article on our work at Jacob's Point. The issue is not available on the web; contact the RI Wild Plant Society for information on obtaining a copy.

Photo credit: Bryan Stokes

2017/2018 Interim Results Report

This report provides a full review of our work to date at Jacob's Pond Salt Marsh.



Brown University exhibited the work of Snaebjornsdottir and Wilson, visiting international Artists-in-Residence, who worked with SALSri at Jacob's Point in the summer of 2018 and representing the plight of Saltmarsh Sparrows through their media.  The exhibit ran from April 6th- July 7, 2019 at the List Art Building of the David Winton Bell Gallery, 64 College Street, Providence, RI.  For more information visit the Bell Gallery website.

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