The sora (Porzana carolina) is a rare breeder in BCR 14. It prefers large marshes and wetlands with abundant emergent vegetation such as cattails. It is listed as a Species of Greatest Conservation Need in one or more states in BCR 14.

Habitat Needs

This bird prefers fresh water marshes with shallow or intermediate water depths and dominated by emergent vegetation such as cattails, bulrushes, burreeds and sedges. It will also use salt marshes and other wetland types with emergent vegetation. The amount of emergent vegetation is the key to habitat use by this species.

Territory size is variable with nests as close as 4 feet apart in good habitat.

Habitat Management Practices

In general—don’t drain the swamp.

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