The fastest disappearing landmass on earth is occurring in the Barataria and Terrebonne estuaries.
This rapid coastal land loss is indiscriminate in the habitats and landforms being washed away. Often overlooked are the remnant chenier ridges and maritime forests, the “high land”, in an otherwise vast expanse of wetlands. However, these ridges and maritime forests are critically important habitat to the millions of Neotropical migratory birds that pass through each spring and fall along the Mississippi Flyway. Without these ridges and maritime forests and the food and protection their trees afford, far fewer birds could be supported along this critically important migration route.