Study Examines Sandy’s Impact on Tidal Marshes

Tidal Marshland in the Plum Island Estuary (MA). Photo/USGS, Matthew Kirwan.
Tidal Marshland in the Plum Island Estuary (MA). Photo/USGS, Matthew Kirwan.

Boston.com: For biologists who have been studying birds in East Coast tidal marshes, Superstorm Sandy couldn’t have come at a better time.

Just two months before Sandy pummeled New Jersey and New York last October [2012], a research team completed the field work of a study looking at bird populations at risk due to the loss of tidal marshes from sea level rise. With that pre-storm data in hand, the researchers are now comparing the abundance of marsh plants and birds before and after Sandy in those same marshes, from Maine to Virginia.

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