Saving Important Bird Areas

White Ibis flock over Louisiana wetlands
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Restoring the Mississippi River Delta 

For thousands of years, vast and fertile wetlands at the mouth of our continent's mightiest river have sustained a teeming multitude of life. The magnificent Mississippi River Delta ecosystem in Louisiana supports 100 million migratory, nesting and wintering birds. The wetlands also serve as nurseries for countless marine organisms, including many commercially important seafood species. To human communities, wetlands offer food, energy, transportation, recreation, and protection from storms and flooding.

Today, though, this globally important ecosystem is collapsing, losing its ability to sustain life and disappearing into the Gulf of Mexico at an alarming rate. Since the 1930s, nearly 1,900 square miles of marsh, swamp and barrier islands have disintegrated into open water. Dams and levees along the river block sediment from the wetlands. Channels and canals sliced deep into the wetlands let salt water in to kill plants.

But the Mississippi River can still build land. Audubon partners with the National Wildllife Federation, the Environmental Defense Fund and other organizations in the Mississippi River Delta Restoration Campaign. By reconnecting the Mississippi River with the wetlands, we can start building land again.

We are committed to a rebuilding a healthy, resilient and productive Mississippi River Delta so that birds, people and all the other life that shares very special part of the world will find ways to thrive well into the future.

Learn more at Audubon Louisiana.

Theory of Victory: Audubon will advance groundbreaking science, engage more supporters, and pass key state and federal legislation to change Mississippi River management to restore the delta and coast for people and birds, and improve the health of the Gulf of Mexico.

The Bottom Line: Conservation impact on 3.5 million U.S. acres; improved outcomes for 11 priority bird species.