Archive for February 2024

Migratory animals face sharp declines: New U.N. report

By Jay Watson, Co-Executive Director Every year, billions of the world’s animals make incredible journeys over land and sea to breed and find food. Some of these species – including songbirds, shorebirds, raptors, whales, sharks, sea turtles, fish, and monarch butterflies – travel hundreds or even thousands of miles to reach their destinations. New Jerseyans…

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Hopes soar as NJ’s bald eagle population grows

By Alison Mitchell, Co-Executive Director As thick snow fell on central New Jersey earlier this week, the bald eagle pair at Duke Farms in Hillsborough showed themselves to be responsible parents-to-be, taking turns keeping the two eggs in their nest warm while the other hunted. When it came time for a shift change, the returning…

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Breaking down barriers to enjoying nature

By Jay Watson, Co-Executive Director In an ideal New Jersey, all residents would have equal access to the outdoors and nature, with the joy and health benefits they bring. Unfortunately, there are barriers – some real, some perceived – keeping people out, especially in communities of color. One obvious barrier is that many New Jerseyans…

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Wharton State Forest plan to control illegal motor vehicle damage is a welcome step!

By Alison Mitchell, Co-Executive Director New Jersey’s largest protected property, Wharton State Forest in the Pine Barrens, covers 195 square miles in Atlantic, Burlington and Camden counties. For perspective, it’s bigger than the entire land mass of Hudson County! Wharton is crossed by hundreds of miles of avenues used by motor vehicles, everything from highways…

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