Habitat Restoration for Estuarine-Dependent Birds
Estuaries are among the most biologically productive habitats on the planet, yet centuries of anthropogenic impacts have resulted in significant habitat loss and change. The current and future threat of sea level rise exacerbates these impacts, which is and will in the future result in significant risk to estuarine-dependent birds, especially those species that require salt marsh. Saltmarsh Sparrow (Ammospiza caudacuta) is one example of a once-abundant, salt marsh-dependent species that could be extinct by 2050 if current trends continue. Seabirds and shorebirds are also vulnerable to loss of tidal wetlands. This session will feature research, conservation needs, strategies and habitat restoration and resilience projects focused on estuarine habitats to benefit threatened and vulnerable birds.
Coastal Ecological Restoration – Marshes and Tidally Influenced Wetlands