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Climate Change and Tidal Marshes

Defenders of Wildlife
Created: 6/15/2011 - Updated: 3/12/2019


East coast tidal marshes, like those surrounding the Chesapeake Bay, are at risk of being completely devastated by rising sea levels due to climate change. Many endangered bird species, like the saltmarsh sparrow and the clapper rail, depend on these marshes. Defenders of Wildlife is working with the Audubon Society and Lower Shore Land Trust to develop plans to protect these ecosystems. 

Published On

Thursday, June 16, 2011


Sector Addressed: 
Conservation / Restoration
Land Use Planning
Tourism / Recreation
Target Climate Changes and Impacts: 
Sea level rise
Species of concern
Type of Adaptation Action/Strategy: 
Natural Resource Management / Conservation
Incorporate future conditions into natural resources planning and policies
Infrastructure, Planning, and Development
Create or modify shoreline management measures
Taxonomic Focus: 
Climate Type: