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If you happened to be at Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge just before the anticipated arrival of Hurricane Joaquin, you would have witnessed coastal resilience science in action.

Proving that you can’t judge a bird by its cover, scientists are studying areas in the marshes of New England where closely related sparrow species are interbreeding where their ranges overlap. Cross into the hybrid zone.

This summer, 4th through 6th graders from the River Valley Charter School help pull invasive pepperweed plants from the salt marsh at Parker River National Wildlife Refuge in Newburyport, Massachusetts.

Pepperweed pulling isn’t just alliterative; it’s a way students are removing the invasive plant from the Great Marsh in Massachusetts, making room for native grasses to create habitat for wildlife and a more resilient coast.