Coastal wetlands, including mangroves and coral reefs, absorb the shock and reduce the impact of storm surges and tsunamis on coastal communities. Healthy coral reefs – an estimated 90 percent of which will die off with a global warming of 1.5°C – provide double the protection of dead reefs.
When threatened, cottonmouth may respond by coiling their bodies and displaying their fangs. Although their aggression has been exaggerated, individuals may bite when feeling threatened or being handled.
Between November and February, Audubon Louisiana will be conducting nocturnal drag-line surveys to flush and capture these birds and other rails to assess their status in Louisiana in cooperation with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Louisiana’s barrier islands don’t look like much. In recent years these islands have begun to contract at an alarming rate—so quickly that the thousands-year-old features may disappear entirely by the end of the century.