Archive for December 2023

Celebrating 50 years of protecting endangered animals

By Alison Mitchell, Co-Executive Director Here in the nation’s most densely populated state, a diversity of wildlife is something that can never be taken for granted. Wildlife habitats face a constant barrage of threats, and many species are seriously imperiled. A combination of vigilance, sound planning and strong actions is needed to maintain the biological…

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Love trees and forests? Thank the squirrels!

By Jay Watson, Co-Executive Director If you’re like many New Jerseyans, you probably haven’t given much thought to squirrels, except maybe wondering how to keep them out of your birdfeeders. They’re so common in every New Jersey community – rural, suburban and urban – that a lot of people don’t give them a second glance.…

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Why do evergreens stay green all winter?

By Tom Gilbert, Co-Executive Director ‘Tis the season to deck the halls with boughs of holly, decorate evergreen trees with twinkling lights, make wreaths from sprigs of greenery, and hang mistletoe from the ceiling. These pops of green have a magical way of making a home feel cozy and festive during the shortest days of…

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Enjoy winter’s seals – from a distance!

By Alison Mitchell, Co-Executive Director New Jersey’s cutest seasonal visitors are back – seals from New England and Canada who swim south each winter to follow their food sources. With their big eyes, long whiskers and almost comical resting poses, seals resemble well-fed puppies. In fact, they’re sometimes called “sea dogs.” Harbor seals – the…

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