According to the Chesapeake Bay Program, higher temperatures
are affecting the habitats of wildlife, forcing them to shift to new areas and environments. In addition, climate change affects food resources, reproduction, and diseases. Pathogens have become more prevalent and affect every species, from oysters to bats, birds, deer, and more.
is a massive problem in the Chesapeake region. It occurs in three ways. One is destruction, like when humans remove areas for building projects. Fragmentation occurs when roads, dams, and interstates are developed between bodies of water or connecting forests. Degradation results from pollution, climate change, and environmental factors that reduce viability.