Two reports released by the National Wildlife Federation show the dramatic effects of global warming on the nation’s largest estuary, the Chesapeake Bay, which sustains more than 3,600 species of plants, fish and animals including great blue herons and sea turtles.
Sea-level Rise and Coastal Habitats of the Chesapeake Bay
If global warming continues unabated, projected rising sea levels will significantly reshape the region’s coastal landscape, threatening waterfowl hunting and recreational saltwater fishing in Virginia and Maryland.
The Chesapeake Bay and Global Warming: A Paradise Lost for Hunters, Anglers and Outdoor Enthusiasts
“Large numbers of mallards and black ducks that we would typically get into around Thanksgiving aren’t showing up in the Chesapeake until Christmas, if even then,” says Steve Huettner, former president of the Maryland Sportsman’s Association. “And the last couple years we are lucky if the canvasbacks come at all.”