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While songbirds and other landbirds are expected to be impacted by warming temperatures and changing precipitation patterns associated with climate change, sea level rise may prove a greater threat to waterfowl and shorebirds. The Coastal Stronghold includes portions of existing Important Bird Areas likely to be impacted by sea level rise in the next 30 years. Rising seas can harm coastal birds by accelerating erosion at inlets and islands that are important for shorebirds and by submerging marsh habitat required by waterfowl. Also, building sea walls, terminal groins and other hardened structures reduces the potential for bird habitat to move upslope in response to sea level rise and puts shorebirds in further jeopardy. Protecting important coastal habitat from development, promoting living shorelines for birds and restoring marshland for waterfowl in areas like Currituck Sound are key priorities for Audubon.
Climate-threatened birds can be grouped according to the type of habitat that they prefer. This coastal stronghold provides existing suitable habitat for birds threatened by climate change and sea level rise, including key birds listed below.
Government: National Park Service, National Forest Service, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, North Carolina State Parks, North Carolina Forest Service, North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, North Carolina Division of Soil & Water Conservation, North Carolina Coastal Reserve Program, Currituck County, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
National & State NGOs: The Nature Conservancy, The Conservation Fund, Conservation Trust for North Carolina, North Carolina Coastal Federation
Local Land Trusts: North Carolina Coastal Land Trust, Bald Head Island Conservancy, Northeast New Hanover Conservancy
Blue Ridge Mountains Photo: Akshay/Flickr CC
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