Bavon beach homeowners met with engineers to view the plan for the offshore breakwater system.
Hear how the Service, landowners and other partners will save Bavon Beach and its special resident, the northeastern beach tiger beetle. Watch more videos.
Losing Habitat to Climate Change: The Northeastern Beach Tiger Beetle
The federally listed threatened northeastern beach tiger beetle depends significantly on the remaining beaches of the Chesapeake Bay for recovery. It historically lived on sandy beaches from Massachusetts to Virginia, but the majority of remaining occupied habitat is found in the Bay. More
The Service listed the beetle as threatened in 1990, and in 2009, after a status review of the species, recommended reclassifying it as endangered due to loss of habitat and associated decline of its populations.
The Service has been developing an adaptation strategy for the effects of sea-level rise on the beetle. The strategy will include a combination of maintaining and protecting some areas of beach habitat while allowing others to change. This approach, if implemented successfully, should maintain sufficient habitat and beetle populations to allow adaptation to changing conditions.