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.
Located in the Northern Outer Banks.
The site encompasses 965 acres, stretching from sea to sound.
Located within the Atlantic Flyway.
Flora And Fauna
Fauna (Animals)- accipiters, falcons, ducks, geese, warblers, gulls, terns, herons and egrets
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.