The very essence of the coastal landscape is its capacity for change. This age of rising sea levels and increased storm intensity reinforces New Jersey Audubon’s commitment to protecting critical habitat and the scenic and recreational treasures of our Jersey Shore.
New Jersey Audubon and the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife jointly maintain these stations to identify patterns of habitat use and departure schedules during migration that can guide conservation. More than 300 stations also operate in the Northeast US and eastern Canada, enabling more comprehensive tracking of these birds along their North American migration route. Since 2009, our efforts to save migratory shorebirds have expanded internationally to include wintering and migration staging areas along the northeast coast of South America, specifically French Guiana, Suriname, and northeastern Brazil. Working with our international partner, Aquasis, through funding from the US Fish and Wildlife Service, we began a new project to assess the effects of shrimp aquaculture on this species and other migratory shorebirds wintering in Brazil.
Concerns about the continued decline of the Eastern Black Rail, prompted a second year of partnership with the New Jersey Endangered and Nongame Species Program and Conserve Wildlife Foundation. Working to save this secretive bird of the marshlands, New Jersey Audubon’s research team conducted a series of surveys to document its geographical range in the state, assess population changes over the years, and develop a management strategy that will stabilize its population. This project was supported by a grant from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.