New York Natural Heritage Program
Seaside Sparrow
Ammodramus maritimus (Wilson, 1811)
Seaside Sparrow James F. Parnell
Family: Buntings, American Sparrows and Relatives (Emberizidae)

State Protection: Species Of Special Concern
A native species at risk of becoming Threatened; does not qualify as Endangered or Threatened, but have been determined to require some measure of protection or attention to ensure that the species does not become threatened. NYSDEC may regulate the taking, importation, transportation, or possession of any Species of Special Concern as it deems necessary.

Federal Protection: Migratory Bird Treaty Act
The Migratory Bird Treaty Act implements various treaties and conventions between the U. S. and Canada, Japan, Mexico and the former Soviet Union for the protection of migratory birds. Under this Act, taking, killing, or possessing migratory birds, including nests or eggs, is unlawful unless specifically permitted by other regulations.

Did you know?
The Seaside Sparrow is a habitat specialist occupying a narrow band of coastal salt marsh habitat.

State Ranking Justification [-]
This species is restricted to coastal salt and brackish marshes (Post and Greenlaw 1994). Habitat alteration is historically reason for decline and currently a potential threat. Coastal development practices, such as ditching and filling of salt marshes, negatively impact this species since ditched wetlands provide lower quality habitat and are used infrequently (Post and Greenlaw 1994). The New York Breeding Bird Atlas documented a decline in the number of probable and confirmed atlas blocks from 46 in the first atlas (1980-1985) to 30 in the second (2000-2005) (McGowan and Corwin 2008).

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