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.
In this video, Curtis Smalling, Important Bird Area Coordinator for Audubon NC, takes you on a tour of the Pungo-Pocosin Lakes Important Bird Area (IBA).This area is home to tens of thousands of wintering waterfowl including upwards of 100,000 Snow Geese, Tundra Swans, and other waterfowl. The site supports 80,000 to 100,000 waterfowl during an average winter.