Wildlife Habitat Projects
The Chesapeake Bay region provides a wide range of habitats supporting over 3,600 species of plants and animals. The Bay watershed provides “habitat highways” for fish along the Atlantic coast and birds migrating along the Atlantic Flyway. Underwater grasses, rivers, streams, wetlands, meadows and forests provide thousands of species with food, shelter, breeding grounds and nurseries for raising young. Woodlands provide diverse layers that wildlife depends on for food, shelter and safe migration paths. Meadow plants provide erosion control and support an impressive variety of wildlife, and native plantings support pollinators and beneficial insects that are the cornerstone of healthy ecosystems. Wetlands and forest buffers trap runoff, mitigate flooding and slow the flow of pollution into waterways. Rivers and streams act as arteries that connect the watershed, providing passage for migratory fish and a physical connection from communities to the Bay. Sadly, these vital habitats continue to be threatened by human development and pollution. Learn how to protect, create and restore critical wildlife habitat with the projects below!
Tip: Don’t miss out on the Wildlife Habitat Project Resources page! Find incredible state & local project-specific resources for all six Bay watershed states and D.C.