While Hurricane Sandy has ravaged cities and communities across the east coast of the United States, its effect has been equally devastating on wild birds. According to USA Today, a number of wildlife refuges have been severely damaged through erosion, vegetation destruction and disruption of food supplies. Migrating birds may not be able to rely on their familiar resting spots, and contamination from saltwater that flooded freshwater coastal areas could impact habitats and food sources for weeks or months.
Birders will also feel Sandy's impact, as several refuges are either temporarily or indefinitely closed while the damage to roads, viewing areas and other facilities is being assessed. In the backyard, however, birders can help birds affected by hurricanes, and volunteering at bird rescue centers is another way to help overcome the storm's affect on wild birds.
How has severe weather impacted your favorite birding spots or backyard species? Share your experiences and tips in the comments!
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