We hope this will be an ongoing discussion forum on the impacts to marine mammals, vegetation, animals, ecosystems and habitats, and living shorelines within coastal preserves and wildlife refuges as hurricanes and tropical storms pass through these areas along the Atlantic and Gulf Coast with greater strength and frequency.
While much of the media coverage and forecasting is done to protect humans, we felt it important to also remember that hundreds of wetlands and protected areas along the coast are hit just as hard by hurricanes and tropical storms.
Whether it’s the disruption of fisheries, sea turtles, marine mammals, saltwater marshes, maritime forests, estuaries, and other habitats, we think it’s important to remember how high winds, torrential rains, storm surge flooding, and other weather conditions can influence refuges and preserves.
Impacts On Animals, Vegetation, And Marine Life
Using the discussion form below, lets discuss the following:
What impacts from tropical system related weather happens to sea turtle nests along shorelines and sand dunes? Especially those sea turtles which are considered vulnerable and federally protected?
How do high winds and the destruction of vegetation and foliage impact migration habits of ducks, geese, shorebirds, and other birds?
With regards to storm surge, how does saltwater pushed upstream in to freshwater ecosystems impact fish and other species? Or, how does freshwater flooding making it’s way in to saltwater marshes impact coastal fisheries and hatcheries?
Did you know officially, Louisiana government officials found that 9 million fish were killed during Hurricane Andrew, and that Florida officials found 182 million fish were killed in the Everglades during Hurricane Katrina?
How do you think this impacts commercial fishing and seafood for humans?
What are some examples where past hurricanes and tropical storms caused long-term structural changes to estuarine forest canopies which disrupted many environmental habitats?
What are some ways local county and parish, state, and federal government agencies, along with the public, can mitigate damage to coastal preserves and wildlife refuges?
How does stormwater runoff from cities, towns, and roads in to forests and coastal marshes impact future generations of fish, birds, ducks, geese, and mammals?
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What are the impacts to the very vulnerable and very important coral reefs which dot the Caribbean islands, beaches, and waterways?
How does the forced relocation and evacuation of animals from one habitat in to others impact the overall structure of the safe habitats?
What happens to coastal preserves and wildlife refuges along the coast if hurricanes and tropical storms continue with greater frequency and strength as climate change continues unabated?
So let’s talk, what preserves and refuges in your state, county, or parish are situated along the coast, and what are residents and governments doing to help both humans and wildlife in your local area once impacted by a hurricane or tropical storm?