Climate change threatens birds and people on our coasts.
Under Audubon’s coastal resilience initiative, we are working to protect and restore coastal habitat through natural infrastructure policies and projects to reverse the declines in shorebird populations and to protect coastal communities from the impacts of a changing climate. Natural infrastructure, including wetlands, living shorelines, eelgrass, and barrier islands, serve as the first line of defense for coastal communities facing stronger, more frequent storms and sea-level rise.
Audubon works at the federal level to support and expand policies that preserve and protect undeveloped coastal ecosystems, like the Coastal Barrier Resources Act, and to ensure that the federal government includes natural infrastructure in annual spending programs meant to improve our country's infrastructure and recover from national disasters. We advocate for those investments to be prioritized in underserved communities that are overburdened by pollution and that face disproportionate risks from climate impacts.
Additionally, Audubon state offices are working to design and implement on-the-ground natural infrastructure projects in communities, including projects to rebuild barriers island in the Gulf of Mexico and South Carolina, build living shorelines and restore oyster reefs in North Carolina and Connecticut, restore marshes and beneficially use dredged sediments in Long Island Sound, and the San Francisco and Chesapeake bays.
Natural infrastructure policy platform
Building Resilience with Nature
Audubon's new suite of policy recommendations for Congress and the Biden administration will make our communities and birds more resilient to climate change. By restoring and protecting our natural landscapes like wetlands, beaches, and floodplains, we can we can shore up these first lines of defense that protect communities against storm surge and rising seas.
Our Blueprint for a Healthy, More Resilient Puget Sound
Audubon’s new conservation strategy identifies the most important places for birds and people in Puget Sound.
A Blueprint for a Healthier Coast in New York and Connecticut
Audubon’s new conservation strategy will create a resilient future for the Long Island Sound area.
Creating a More Just Climate Future for Those on the Front Lines
The Ocean-Based Climate Solutions Act accounts for the unjust burden that climate change poses to communities of color.
New Senate Report Highlights the Roles Nature Can Play in Addressing the Climate Crisis
The Senate Special Committee on the Climate Crisis calls for natural infrastructure solutions to buffer our coasts.
Audubon Files Lawsuit to Protect Coastal Areas from Sand Mining
The administration’s unlawful action endangers communities facing an active 2020 Atlantic hurricane season.
Coastal Stimulus Bill Will Provide a Much-needed Boost for Fishermen and Birds Alike
Audubon supports the Shovel-Ready Restoration Grants for Coastlines and Fisheries Act of 2020.
King Tides Are a Sign of the Future for Oregon's Coast
Portland Audubon calls on Oregon's congressional delegation to champion the Blue Carbon for Our Planet Act.
Seas & Shores
New Legislation Taps into Coasts’ Potential to Store Carbon Pollution
Audubon supports the introduction of the Blue Carbon for Our Planet Act.
Rebuilding and protecting our coasts for birds and people
A Record-breaking Year of Storms Calls for Big Investments on Our Coasts
The Ocean-Based Climate Solutions Act will restore and protect coastal areas that buffer communities and birds from climate change.
We’re Just Figuring Out the Toll of Hurricane Laura
As Audubon Louisiana assesses damage to its coastal sites, including Rainey Sanctuary, people in Louisiana need help to recover from the storm.
Audubon In Action
How Hurricane Michael Affected the Florida Panhandle's Coastal Landscape
The devastation to human communities is overwhelming, but the story for birds is more complex.
On the Ground with Audubon Texas After Hurricane Harvey
A tour of some of the affected islands shows the storm’s impacts, but also the surprising resilience of coastal ecosystems.
Five Things We Learned in the Aftermath of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma
Audubon’s assessment of the effects of hurricanes will inform restoration efforts that can protect our coasts in the future.
Tropical Storm Cindy Just Wiped Out Most of the Shorebird Chicks in the Gulf
Without coastal restoration that makes beaches less vulnerable to storm surges, climate change will be a threat, and not just from sea level rise.
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