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Birding: Birds of the marsh come in all shapes and sizes! Look for herons and egrets wading in the tall Spartina grass, ospreys or hawks perched on dead tree snags, and blackbirds and warblers flitting in and out of nearby shrubs. To live in this unique habitat, many of these birds have adaptations to help them survive: different shaped beaks for different methods of eating, feathers for camouflage and staying dry, or long legs and webbed feet for wading and swimming. The abundance of food and relative protection the salt marsh provides makes this an ideal habitat despite the brackish water and salty air. Sometimes it’s easier to listen for birds first, then follow their call and look for movement. Learn more about each bird species and listen to its call below.