It’s all happening in the salt marshes!
Salt marshes haven’t gotten a lot of love. They’re coastal wetlands that are flooded and drained by salt water brought in by the tides. The ground is wet and spongy with peat. The scent of sulfur fills the air and so do the mosquitoes. Many marshes have been lost to dredging, drainage, or landfills. But salt marshes are essential. They have been described as a barrier to climate change. And they offer a safe home to a broad spectrum of wildlife. Efforts are now underway to research and restore these vital ecosystems. We find out what's happening at the salt marshes.
- Rick Potvin, manager of the Stewart B. McKinney National Wildlife Refuge in Stratford
- Jim Turek, a restoration ecologist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
- Suzanne Paton, supervisory fish and wildlife biologist with the
Southern New England Estuary Project
- Corrie Folsom-O'Keefe, director of bird conservation with Audubon Connecticut
- Teddy Tilkin, a senior aquarist with The Long Island Aquarium