New York Natural Heritage Program
Sedge Wren
Cistothorus platensis (Latham, 1790)

Threats [-]
Habitat loss including draining wetlands for development and agriculture is a historical and present threat. Habitat loss can occur as wet sedge meadow succeed into shrubby areas. Harvesting of hay can destroy nests and kill adults. Migration collisions with towers and buildings has also been reported. (Herkert et al. 2001)

Conservation Strategies and Management Practices [-]
Preservation of nesting habitat is perhaps the most pressing need. The integrity of wetland ecosystems should be maintained. Flooding, draining, and overgrazing can destroy nesting habitat and should be prevented during the nesting season. Riparian-zone management strategies at state and federal owned areas can be adjusted to preserve or create wet meadows and grasslands adjacent to impoundments and other wetlands (Schneider and Pence 1992). Incompatible agricultural practices, such as mowing and haying during the breeding season should be avoided (Herkert et al. 2001).

Research Needs [-]
More research is needed on movements within the range during the breeding season. Also, research is needed on population status at locations on the periphery of the range including monitoring the status of declining northeastern populations. (Herkert et al. 2001)