Stewardship

Bobwhites, Burning and Biodiversity

Retired Rutgers Extension Horticulturist and Master Gardener Barbara J. Bromley once said, “Biodiversity begins with a chainsaw.” Mix in the use of prescribed fire with ecological forest thinning practices and you have a time-tested recipe for maximizing biodiversity and mitigating the potential for undesired changes due to a host of threats…...

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Slithering Citizen Science

At New Jersey Audubon we recognize the importance of citizen science projects because they provide a means for people to connect with nature and community and they also provide valuable information. This information is very helpful when developing land management decisions. One such citizen science project that was initiated this…...

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Invasion of the Sapsuckers!

“There’s another one, that makes 12 today,” I said to my dad as I pointed to the woodpecker with the yellowish belly feathers, long white wing bar and all red forehead and throat patch scaling the old apple tree. “I saw 6 last week at the office (NJ Audubon’s Wattles…...

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You Have to Fake it to Make It – the Art of Camouflage

Walking through a field with my Dad at the Flat Brook Wildlife Management Area in Sussex County, I paused to look at a plant that I did not recognize. As I examined the leaves of the plant, I suddenly realized that I too was being examined. A female Ring-necked Pheasant…...

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Community Conservation Catalyst

New Jersey Audubon Partners with Residents of Old Farm Village of Panther Valley & Allamuchy Environmental Commission for Habitat Beautification/Restoration Project With over 9 million people, New Jersey is the Nation’s most densely populated state. However, despite regulation and better planning urban and suburban areas continue to spread out into…...

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A Warbler “WOW” Moment!!

While touring the Northern Bobwhite Restoration Initiative study site, we stopped our tracking of the Bobwhite to watch cranberry harvest activities at one of the bogs. As the workers were waist deep in the water, moving the floating cranberries with the use of floating booms and large boards towards one…...

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Ask a Quail – The Fall Shuffle is Not a Dance

The 2018 breeding season for the translocated Northern Bobwhite at the Pine Island Cranberry study site was productive. Of the total eight nests monitored this season, 104 eggs were produced and five nests were successful in hatching 56 chicks! The other three nests were predated, two by snakes, one by…...

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Cranberries, Conservation and Collaboration

New Jersey Audubon staff greeted hundreds of cyclers this past weekend as part of the Garden State Farm To Fork Fondo. The event, which consisted of a bicycle ride through NJ’s only globally recognized biosphere reserve known as the NJ Pine Barrens, included stops that provided opportunities to sample chef-prepared…...

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NJA and Rutgers Study Sheds Light on North Jersey Farmers Opinions on Conservation, Habitat and Water Quality

The central region of the Delaware River Watershed is a critical resource for locally-grown food and drinking water, prompting New Jersey Audubon to conduct a comprehensive survey of local farmers in Warren, Sussex and Hunterdon counties about regional agriculture and conservation issues that impact land management. Partnering with Dr. Ethan…...

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Birds are Not the Only Things Flying Over NJ Audubon Fields

On Thursday September 27, 2018, agricultural fields at NJ Audubon’s Wattles Stewardship Center and within the adjacent NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife Management Area were planted with cover crops thanks to an aerial seeding program administered by Delaware River Watershed Initiative (DRWI) Partner, North Jersey Resource Conservation and Development…...

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