Archive for March 2022

New flu outbreak could affect New Jersey birds

By Tom Gilbert, Co-Executive Director There’s a new virus going around – one that people should be aware of but not necessarily worried about catching. No, it’s not another Covid-19 variant! New Jersey wildlife and agriculture officials are keeping their eyes on an outbreak of a bird flu that’s affecting both wild and domestic birds…

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Goodbye, plastic bags, and good riddance!

By Alison Mitchell, Co-Executive Director Whether tumbling down roads, tangled in tree branches, floating in rivers or washed up on beaches, plastic shopping bags seem to be everywhere. They’re among the most frequently found pieces of litter by volunteers cleaning up beaches, rivers and streams in New Jersey. Single-use plastic bags are harmful to wildlife.…

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From landfill to ‘crown jewel’ of Camden parks

By Jay Watson, Co-Executive Director Like a caterpillar that becomes a beautiful butterfly, a contaminated property along the Delaware River in Camden has been transformed into a vibrant city park where people and nature can once again thrive. This is the first spring for the Cramer Hill Waterfront Park, a 62-acre urban oasis completed last…

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The future is electric

By Tom Gilbert, Co-Executive Director It may seem like a tall order: Make changes to your home to lower your energy bills, remove harmful pollutants from the air you breathe, and help in the global fight against climate change. But it’s not as hard as it might sound! According to a new report commissioned by…

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Vernal pools: Here today, gone tomorrow

By Jay Watson, Co-Executive Director Imagine going out on a damp winter night, wearing waders and a headlamp, in search of a large, elusive salamander that spends most of its life underground. I was lucky enough to do exactly that more than a decade ago when working at the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.…

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