Archive for March 2024

Shy, elusive bobcats rebounding in New Jersey

By Alison Mitchell, Co-Executive Director You might think a biologist who’s spent nearly two decades researching bobcats in New Jersey would spot these native wildcats on a regular basis. If so, you’d be wrong! “For me, without cheating (by tracking a bobcat wearing a radio collar), I think I’ve seen a bobcat in the wild…

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Can New Jersey cities become more ‘spongy’ and green?

By Jay Watson, Co-Executive Director Ever heard of a “sponge city”? Sponge cities are urban areas with a superior ability to absorb rainfall and prevent flooding, thanks to abundant natural features like trees, lakes, and parks – and good infrastructure design. As climate change brings warmer temperatures, and stronger and more frequent storms, “sponginess” is…

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Thank this New Jersey woman for your blueberries!

By Alison Mitchell, Co-Executive Director Walk into nearly any grocery store, any time of year, and you’ll likely find fresh blueberries in the produce aisle. Many consider them a perfect fruit … sweet and juicy, delicious fresh or cooked, and packed with health-boosting antioxidants. If you’re among the many who love blueberries, you have a…

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Winter’s sounds of silence soon to be broken

By Jay Watson, Co-Executive Director Winter is the northeast’s quiet season, when songbirds go south, many animals hibernate, and people spend more time indoors. On the increasingly rare occasions when a blanket of snow covers the landscape, New Jersey is as silent as it can get, with even our constant drone from traffic muffled! With…

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The many benefits of preserved green space

By Alison Mitchell, Co-Executive Director It’s easy to take lands in their natural state for granted. An old forest or beautiful meadow in your town may have “always been there,” but unless the land has been permanently preserved, it may be built upon in the future. New Jerseyans seem to understand the wisdom of preserving…

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