Climate Change Means Protecting Upland Habitat for Displaced Species

The Waccamaw National Wildlife Refuge includes some of the most diverse freshwater wetland systems in the world and is home to many important wildlife species, including the swallow-tailed kite and black bear. With habitats for these species showing signs of saltwater intrusion and other sea level rise-related impacts, the reufge identified inland habitats that may be appropriate for displaced species using NOAA’s Habitat Priority Planner. With this information, the refuge and The Nature Conservancy are working with state and local organizations to conserve inland freshwater habitats beyond current refuge boundaries. The refuge is also considering expanding its acquisition boundary to be able to continue to study and protect these and other key management species.

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Partners: Waccamaw National Wildlife Refuge, NOAA Office for Coastal Management, The Nature Conservancy