The Haw River is home to numerous threatened and endangered species including the Cape Fear Shiner, the Bald Eagle, and the Yellow Lampmussel. Throughout the region, the loss of open land due to urbanization, and the fragmentation of remaining green space is disrupting the natural patterns of our native wildlife. A critical strategy to maintaining functional ecosystems is the preservation of natural corridors that knit the landscape together. River corridors provide habitat for terrestrial and aquatic wildlife, and provide “wildlife highways,” allowing migration between open spaces. The fauna of the Haw River depend on the habitat and water purity provided by the rivers buffers we are working to conserve.