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Wed July 31, 2013

Impact on Wildlife of Superstorm Sandy Studied

Red Knot, migratory bird that feeds along Delaware Shore
Red Knot, migratory bird that feeds along Delaware Shore
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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - A research team is looking at the effects that Superstorm Sandy had on birds and plants in tidal marshes from Maine to Virginia.

For the study, technicians have visited hundreds of marshes to assess bird populations and measure vegetation.

Researchers have pre-storm information on those marshes because they had finished the field work on an unrelated bird study of those same marshes just two months before Sandy devastated New York and New Jersey last October. For the new study, they'll compare the abundance of marsh plants and birds before and after the storm.

The research team is led by professors from the universities of Maine, Delaware and Connecticut and a biologist from the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. The project's funded by the National Science Foundation.