Conserve Wildlife Blog

April 17th, 2014

Battle of the Bags!!

by Ben Wurst, Habitat Program Manager

The osprey pair at our Osprey Cam nest has been “decorating” their nest with plastic marine debris. They’re turning out to be hoarders of plastic mesh bags. So far they’ve collected three to use as nesting material. How will this play out? We can’t say for sure but are closely monitoring with the Osprey Cam.

Plastic mesh clam bag in the nest.

The ospreys returned and so did the marine debris.

Yay! Some natural nesting material!!

Yay! Some natural nesting material!!

Too many plastic mesh bags!!

Too many plastic mesh bags!!

They're slowly migrating out of the nest...

They’re slowly migrating out of the nest…

April 16th, 2014

In the News: CWF works with businesses for a healthier Barnegat Bay

Sunset on Barnegat Bay (c) Greg Molyneux

Sunset on Barnegat Bay (c) Greg Molyneux

Conserve Wildlife Foundation’s inaugural Barnegat Bay Business Forum brought together a diverse mix of businesses, government representatives, and conservation advocates to discuss how to strengthen the watershed’s recovery. An article by the Asbury Park Press captures many of the challenges faced by the Barnegat Bay.

Read the article.

April 15th, 2014

“A Birder’s Guide to Everything” Special Screening and Meet the Director Event

tumblr_n0ufsohYAm1rwqh7io1_1280“Absolutely anyone can be a birder.” says Ben Kingsley in the new movie, A Birder’s Guide to Everything, directed by Rob Meyer, a coming of age comedy about teenage bird watchers.

This main-stream movie is an important public engagement tool to raise awareness for the conservation of birds and to hopefully excite some people into picking up a set of binoculars and start the addicting hobby of bird watching.

The Fledging Birders Institute will be hosting a special screening and meet the director event on Thursday, April 24th at the AMC Deptford 8 Theatre in Deptford, NJ beginning at 6:30 pm.

More info, and to purchase tickets, can be found here.

 

 

April 14th, 2014

In the News: CWF’s Amphibian Crossing Project

A spotted salamander after being rescued after attempting to cross a road. (c) CWF

A spotted salamander after being rescued after attempting to cross a road. (c) CWF

Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey was profiled in a recent article in the The Record about our efforts to protect migrating amphibians.  

 

One of the lesser known signs of spring arrived Monday night on Clinton Road in West Milford: A steady trickle of frogs and salamanders crept through an icy rain in search of love. If not for the teams of volunteers who waited to prod them across the winding road, many would meet a quiet end under the wheels of a passing car. Every year in early spring, champions of the tiny amphibians spend several hours at this spot and dozens like it throughout the Northeast so they can witness — and do their small part to continue — a natural phenomenon that goes largely unnoticed by the greater population.  Read more…

April 10th, 2014

CWF and Partners Work to Save Critical Habitat for Shorebirds

A red knot feeds on horsehsoe crabs on a Delaware Bay beach. © Bill Dalton

A red knot feeds on horsehsoe crabs on a Delaware Bay beach. © Bill Dalton

Check out a recent article from the Press of Atlantic City about CWF and partners work to restore habitat along the Delaware Bayshore.

 

MIDDLE TOWNSHIP — Tons of sand were hauled, dumped, poured and shifted Wednesday along Pierce’s Point Beach, part of a massive effort to avoid what biologists say could be a catastrophe.  Read more.

For greater background on the challenges faced by the State-endangered red knot, check out this recent story by Scientific American

The ambitious campaign of Conserve Wildlife Foundation and American Littoral Society to restore Delaware Bay beaches in the wake of Hurricane Sandy’s destruction was documented in the Greener New Jersey Productions video, “A Race Against Time.” This new film will be screened on Earth Day, April 22nd,  at the historic Levoy Theatre in Millville, New Jersey.  Details can be found here