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Seaside sparrow: Salt marsh dweller

A salt marsh dweller, the seaside sparrow (Ammospiza maritima) spends a good portion of life in lower altitudes, such as grasses, shrubs and even on the ground. There it will search for spiders, seeds, marine invertebrates and insects in the dirt and mud and on nearby plants.

These seaside sparrows were seen at Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge. For local national wildlife refuge conditions, review the information on refuge websites and/or call ahead.

At this time, the Manteo office for the Coastal NC National Wildlife Refuges Complex is staffed for emergency calls and general information.

Call 252-473-1131 ext. 224 or email alligator_river@fws.gov for information about all refuges in eastern North Carolina.

seaside sparrow

Karen Lebing photo, courtesy USFWS

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