(Chalker, Hagar, Mud and Back River marshes)
These are the small-scale salt and brackish tidal wetlands along our town's southwestern coastline. They feed directly into Long Island Sound and are surrounded by homes. Most are under stress from sea-level rise, water quality degradation and invasive species, particularly where natural water exchange with the ocean has been blocked or reduced; there are opportunities here for restoration. Despite these pressures and the small size of these wetlands, they continue to harbor a surprising diversity of species, particularly birds, including egrets, herons and osprey.