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Celebrating Habitat Month

July 15, 2024

Join us in celebrating Habitat Month 2024! Learn more about how NOAA Fisheries' Office of Habitat Conservation is working to restore habitat to support fisheries, protected species, and coastal communities.

Graphic celebrating Habitat Month showing the dark blue outlines of a bird, a school of fish, and seagrass.

We are excited to kick off Habitat Month! All month long, we will share amazing habitat conservation efforts through our website and social media. The theme this year is "Habitat for All.”  We will focus on how the Office of Habitat Conservation is working together with our partners to protect and restore healthy habitats across the country. Through inclusive partnerships, we aim to ensure that these vital ecosystems continue to support diverse species and coastal and Great Lakes communities for generations to come. 

Follow us here and on X (formerly Twitter) (@NOAAHabitat, #HabitatMonth). Also, be sure to stay up-to-date by subscribing to HabitatNews. Help spread the word about the importance of habitat conservation in making an impact for coastal ecosystems and communities.

Habitat Features

Meet John Barco, Marine Habitat Resource Specialist and Gulf of Mexico Team Lead for the NOAA Restoration Center

John supports NOAA’s Damage Assessment, Remediation, and Restoration Program to restore habitat in the Southeast.

Read about John's work

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John Barco showing off a nice Snook. Photo courtesy of John Barco, NOAA Fisheries.

NOAA Recommends Nearly $220 Million in Funding for Transformational Habitat Restoration and Coastal Resilience Projects

Thirty-two new projects will strengthen the climate resilience of coastal ecosystems and communities under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and Inflation Reduction Act.

Learn about the projects recommended for funding

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Funding will help reduce land-based pollution affecting Olowalu Reef in West Maui and support resilient coral reefs that can better survive future climate conditions. Credit: Adobe Stock.

Meet David Bruce, Ecologist at the NOAA Chesapeake Bay Office

David explores how fish use restored habitat in the Chesapeake Bay.

Read about David's work

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A smiling man wearing a straw hat holds a fishing rod and a bluegill sunfish.
Paco enjoys fish away from work, too: Here he is nymph fishing for bluegill sunfish with light fly tackle in central Michigan. Photo: David Bruce/NOAA Fisheries.

NOAA Satellite Products Support Middle Peninsula Habitat Focus Area Efforts

The Middle Peninsula Habitat Suitability Index uses satellite data that helps restoration practitioners know more about the areas they aim to restore.

Learn more about the index

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One NOAA Satellites product shows where habitat can support submerged aquatic vegetation in Virginia's Middle Peninsula.
One NOAA Satellites product shows where habitat can support submerged aquatic vegetation in Virginia's Middle Peninsula. NOAA Satellites

After Environmental Disasters, NOAA Works to Restore Habitat for All

Habitat restoration isn't just about planting trees—it's about revitalizing and fortifying entire ecosystems to benefit all who rely on them.

Restoring important habitats and resources nationwide

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Through DARRP, NOAA helps restore and reconnect all walks of life to natural spaces, like the oyster reefs shown here. (Photo: NOAA)

Celebrating Habitat Month 2024: Habitat for All

A message from Carrie Selberg Robinson, director of NOAA Fisheries Office of Habitat Conservation, for Habitat Month.

Read her leadership message

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People at saltmarsh near Charleston, South Carolina
Carrie Robinson (second from left) at a site visit to a salt marsh in the Charleston, South Carolina area with partners and NOAA staff.

Chesapeake Summer Interns Join our Team

College students, recent grads gain experience and help the NOAA Chesapeake Bay Office.

Meet the interns

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collage of photos featuring five young people who are serving as interns in summer 2024
We're delighted to have the summer 2024 interns with us at the NOAA Chesapeake Bay Office.

Meet Krista McCraken, Marine Habitat Resource Specialist for the NOAA Restoration Center

Krista supports habitat restoration and community resilience in the South Atlantic.

Read about Krista's work

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A person wearing a green baseball cap sits in a boat near a marsh
Krista conducts a site visit at the Drayton Hall salt marsh restoration project on the Ashley River in Charleston, South Carolina. Photo: Krista McCraken/NOAA Fisheries.

Meet Chemine Jackels, Marine Habitat Specialist for the NOAA Restoration Center

Chemine works as a Technical Monitor supporting habitat restoration projects in the Pacific Northwest.

Read about Chemine's work

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Chemine with her two dogs on the South Fork of the Snoqualmie River in Western Washington. Photo: Chemine Jackels/NOAA Fisheries.

Podcast: Restoring New Orleans Wetlands After Hurricane Katrina

New Orleans' wetlands and bayous are essential to the city's identity, but have been severely degraded over time. Learn about new federal funding that will kickstart efforts to involve communities in restoring them.

Listen to the podcast

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New Orlean's Lower Ninth Ward after Hurricane Katrina
New Orlean's Lower Ninth Ward after Hurricane Katrina (Photo: National Wildlife Federation)

Explore Thousands of Habitat Restoration Projects with the NOAA Restoration Atlas

Use our updated interactive mapping tool to explore thousands of NOAA restoration projects across the United States—from Alaskan salt marshes to Florida coral reefs, and everything in between.

View the mapping tool

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New Hope for Puerto Rico’s Coral Reefs

With $10.6 million in new funding through NOAA, our long-time Puerto Rico partner, the Institute for Socio-Ecological Research, is poised to restore coral reefs on a massive scale.

Learn about coral reef restoration  in Puerto Rico

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Coral reef in Tres Palmas, Puerto Rico (Photo: NOAA)
Coral reef in Tres Palmas, Puerto Rico (Photo: NOAA)

Recreational Fishing Communities Help to Protect and Restore Habitat through National Fish Habitat Partnership

Nearly $175,000 will support habitat restoration and angler engagement projects in Oregon, Hawaiʻi, and South Carolina.

Restoring habitat through the National Fish Habitat Partnership

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A group of 10 volunteers and staff in matching shirts pose for a photo on a beach
Kuleana Coral Restoration team gathers at a public outreach event in 2023 at Pokai Bay, Hawai'i. Credit: Kuleana Coral Restoration

Habitat Restoration Under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and Inflation Reduction Act

NOAA’s Office of Habitat Conservation is making a historic impact by restoring coastal habitats and supporting communities across the country through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and Inflation Reduction Act.

Explore habitat restoration efforts across the country

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Tidal wetland restoration in California. Credit: NOAA Fisheries.

Habitat Videos, Podcasts, and Story Maps

Video: Improving Habitat for Community ResilienceThe Middle Peninsula Habitat Focus Area

NOAA and partners are working to bolster habitat conditions in the Middle Peninsula, which are suffering due to climate change.

Watch the video

Podcast: Dam Removals Boost Atlantic Salmon Populations in Maine

Habitat restoration efforts on the Penobscot River in Maine will help Atlantic salmon population recover and support ancestral traditions of the Penobscot Nation.

Listen to the podcast

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A fish leaping above fast-moving water
Atlantic salmon. Credit: National Park Service.

Story Map: The Lower Duwamish RiverRestoring Habitat for Injured Resources in an Urban River

A new story map provides a visual journey of the Lower Duwamish River in Washington and the restoration work underway in this important urban river.

View the story map

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A boat navigates the Lower Duwamish River with industrial development on the river banks.
A boat navigates the Lower Duwamish River with industrial development on the river banks. Credit: NOAA