Springtime in the Swamp! New shoots coming up, the duckweed and lilies are greening, and the beavers are busy!
Along the barrier islands of North Carolina, storms regularly inundate the shoreline, undercutting and killing trees, which then fall into the sound. The actual shore shifts back and forth as erosion takes its toll. In some areas, fewer and fewer trees remain, as high water has become common enough that they can't get a foothold.
Atlantic Ghost Crabs (Ocypode quadrata) dig, hunt and square off on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Photo Credit - Lynn Abbott