Currituck Sound

Another Estuary

importance of estuaries

An estuary is an area where freshwater and salt water meet. Estuaries provide goods and services that are economically and ecologically indispensable. They are sometimes called nurseries of the sea because they provide vital nesting and feeding habitats for many aquatic plants and animals.

LOCATION

Located in the Northern Outer Banks.

The site encompasses 965 acres, stretching from sea to sound.

Located within the Atlantic Flyway.

connecting waterways

The North River estuary is connected to the Currituck Sound. Not to far from the Currituck Sound and the North River Estuary, is the Albemarle Sound. The Currituck Sound is connected to the Atlantic Ocean.
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Flora And Fauna

Flora (Plants)- sea oats, American beach grass, grass-dominated dunes, shrub thicket, maritime forest, freshwater marsh, brackish marsh and submerged vegetation

Fauna (Animals)- accipiters, falcons, ducks, geese, warblers, gulls, terns, herons and egrets

Threats

Polluted runoff from rural, suburban, and urban areas are only a few of the threats to estuaries. Population growth in Coastal Watersheds is another threat to estuaries. Dredging, draining, bulldozing, and paving are also major threats to estuaries. Dams and sewage discharges are a few more threats to estuaries.

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