Stomping in Mud at John Heinz Wildlife Refuge

Climate Dads and our community partners continued our series of environmental field trips last Saturday at John Heinz Wildlife Refuge.

In addition to touring the country's first urban refuge and helping to collect litter along the way, we learned about the importance of wetland ecosystems in the age of climate change. 

According to the Association of State Wetland Managers, while climate change impacts will vary from state to state, anticipated impacts include:

  • Sea level rise
  • Threats to water supply
  • Storm surges
  • Drought
  • Loss of habitat

Given the role of marshes in absorbing water during periods of heavy rainfall, protection of wetland ecosystems in the age of climate change will become even more important in order to protect water quality and reduce the risks of flooding.

Miss the trip but want to get involved? Don’t miss our future field trips. Supported in part by CUSP, in partnership with the Philadelphia Office of Sustainability.

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