Lob here, your Field Correspondent from Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge.Lob, the Delmarva Peninsula Fox Squirrel

I might have given you the impression it’s all sunshine out here for Fox Squirrels and other animals at the refuge. We have our hard times as well. When I say we’ve got water, sometimes that’s not a good thing. Take last fall for example. The Delmarva Peninsula was hit with that storm humans call Hurricane Sandy. Appropriate name.

We lost sand. Our dunes were wiped flat, the sand moved somewhere south by the wind and waves. This is typical on barrier islands like ours.

former dunes at Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge

But in some places we got extra sand, filling the impoundments the waterfowl will soon want to use.

sand-filled impoundment

And there are fewer places for the migrating birds to land and hide. The flooded shrubs can only take so much water, and so much salt. When those limits are passed, they die.

marsh shrubs killed by flooding

Even some of our favorite Loblolly Pines in the forest didn’t make it through Hurricane Sandy.

downed Loblolly Pine

But the people seem determined to put it all back the way it was.

beach restoration work

We’re watching to see if they can.


6 thoughts on “Storms

  1. I know that the storms are a natural part of the earth’s cycles, and that various species, both plant and animal have been dealing with them and their aftermath for eons, but it still hurts to think that some will inevitably suffer because their normal routines and habitats have been so disrupted/destroyed.

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