Stewardship

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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HOW TO CORRECTLY DISTINGUISH INVASIVE TREE-OF-HEAVEN FROM NATIVE SUMAC

With the recent announcement that Spotted Lanternfly has been confirmed in New Jersey, NJA is republishing a blog post from 2017 regarding how to properly identify the non-native and highly invasive Tree-of-Heaven (Ailanthus altissima ) from native sumacs.  Tree-of-Heaven has been identified as the host plant for the Spotted Lanternfly and can…...

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New Jersey Audubon Referenced in New Textbook by Renowned Forest Ecologists

When one talks about THE experts of modem day ecological forestry all roads lead to Dr. Jerry Franklin and Dr. K. Norman Johnson.  Their recent work, Ecological Forest Management,  outlines the “fundamental changes that have occurred in all aspects of forestry over the last 50 years, including the underlying science, societal…...

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Wild Northern Bobwhite Released for 4th Consecutive Year in NJ Pinelands!

(March 2018, Chatsworth, NJ): For the fourth consecutive year wild Northern Bobwhite quail were translocated from Georgia to the New Jersey Pinelands, as part of a multi-state initiative to re-establish Northern Bobwhite in the Mid-Atlantic States. Lead by New Jersey Audubon, with project collaborators Tall Timbers Research Station & Land Conservancy,…...

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Prescribed Burning in Full Swing at Northern Bobwhite Restoration Initiative Site

As part of forest stewardship activities at the site of the Northern Bobwhite Restoration Initiative, prescribed fires are being implemented this winter as a tool to maintain forest health, habitat and to ensure public safety. Fire in the NJ Pinelands plays a vital role in the ecology of the region’s…...

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PRAYING MANTIS – INDISCRIMINATE PREDATOR

Hiking in a meadow in Sussex County over the weekend, I came upon a small semi-hard grayish-yellow mass attached to a goldenrod stem. This “foam-like” cube was an egg case of a praying mantis.  However, I was not as excited as some may think, because the majority of mantids in…...

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