The National Audubon Society will restore 196 acres of coastal wetland and riparian habitat at sites in Chicago, Illinois and Buffalo, New York to provide breeding habitat for many marsh birds and critical resources for birds during migration. In Chicago, 96 acres of marsh habitat will be restored by removing invasive plant and fish species and planting native species. In Buffalo, 100 acres of wetland habitat will be enhanced by controlling invasive plant species. Additionally, the project will perform vegetation, breeding bird, and migratory bird surveys to document impacts of restoration and inform adaptive management. At both sites, the project will result in increased floristic quality, greater bird species richness and diversity during the spring and fall migrations, increased wetland bird breeding, reduced sediment and nutrient runoff, and improved resiliency.
Chicago, Illinois and Buffalo, New York