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Clare Maffei and Jackie Hannifan monitor newly seeded wildflower fields and share their findings from throughout the summer as interns with the Service.

JoAnna and Abraham spent their summer at Patuxent Research Refuge and learned how important community engagement and feedback is for the future of conservation.

Salt marshes provide habitat for fish, birds, and invertebrates and purify water by taking up nutrients that can be harmful in excess. They help protect neighboring coastal communities by buffering against wind and waves and absorbing, then slowly releasing, floodwaters. Salt marshes are threatened by sea-level rise and their tendency to gradually sink. The Fish and Wildlife Service is using a process called thin-layer deposition to restore these valuable habitats.