Bird species native to Georgia’s coastal marshes are experiencing rapid changes to their habitat, specifically in the form of sea level rise. In Seaside Sparrows, sea level rise directly threatens breeding success through nest flooding. This threat is compounded by increased exposure to predators when they elevate their nests to avoid future flooding. Corina will share her recent findings regarding the threat of nest predation, along with interesting and unexpected footage from the secret lives of Seaside Sparrows.
Corina Newsome is the Community Engagement Manager for Georgia Audubon and a recent graduate of Georgia Southern University's Master of Science in Biology program. Corina, who began in the field of wildlife conservation as a zookeeper, conducts research to conserve the MacGillivray's Seaside Sparrow and connects people with birds across the state of Georgia. Having experienced the hurdles faced by Black, Indigenous, and Peoples of Color interested in wildlife careers, Corina’s mission is to center the perspectives and leadership of historically marginalized communities in wildlife conservation, environmental education, and exploration of the natural world.