21 Sep '17, 4pm

#DidYouKnow that this week is National #EstuariesWeek? NYS is home to five estuaries. Learn more:

An estuary is a transitional area along the coast where salt water from the ocean mixes with fresh water from the land and creates a unique and special place for marine species to live, feed, and reproduce. Estuaries are partially enclosed bodies of water and often have restrictions across the mouth, like a barrier beach or sand bar, which allows for tidal influence, but also offers protection from the full force of ocean waves and storms. Within an estuary there are many different habitat types including tidal wetlands, mudflats, rocky shores, oyster reefs, freshwater wetlands, sandy beaches, and eelgrass beds. Estuaries are a critical part of the life cycle of many different species. They are the spawning and nursery areas for thousands of animals, such as fish and crabs, who seek the quieter waters of estuaries to provide a protected nursery for their offspring. Estuari...

Full article: http://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/4934.html

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