Protecting and restoring coastlines will strengthen populations of shorebirds while preserving the places they need to survive throughout their lives. The work required to accomplish this goal will also protect coastal communities against the threat of sea-level rise due to a changing climate. Audubon’s Coasts initiative focuses on the most threatened and iconic bird species that rely on coastal habitats—estuaries, islands, beaches, and the marine environment—throughout the hemisphere. In addition, Audubon’s work will target the most critical breeding, stopover, and wintering sites in each flyway for 16 flagship bird species. These actions will stabilize and enhance those flagship species' populations while benefiting at least 375 other species that rely on similar habitats.