The Pedricktown Marsh project area in Gloucester and Salem Counties includes over 1,900 acres of tidal, herbaceous and forested wetlands along the Oldmans Creek, from the New Jersey Turnpike crossing to its confluence with the Delaware River.
Like the nearby Mannington Meadows, the Pedricktown Marsh complex is one of New Jersey’s most important bird habitats. It hosts the highest concentration of northern pintail ducks in the entire state. The site is also frequented by a number of threatened and endangered species, including bald eagles and short-eared owls.
A popular bird-watching location, Pedricktown is known by birders as the “Ruff Capital of the East Coast.” The Ruff is a Eurasian species that has colonized Alaska and is found in only several locations in the lower 48 states. Thanks to a grant from the William Penn Foundation, we are teaming with the South Jersey Land and Water Trust to take stock of the resources and conservation needs of the marsh, and promote its protection.
For more information about New Jersey Conservation Foundation’s preservation efforts in the Pedricktown Marsh project area, contact Regional Manager Francis Rapa at 856-823-1021 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
By Michele S. Byers,