Conserve Wildlife Blog

September 16th, 2014

New Bald Eagle E-Book to be Celebrated at Wednesday Event

baldeaglemeadowlandsThe Conserve Wildlife Foundation (CWF) and the New Jersey Meadowlands Commission (NJMC) are proud to announce the arrival of their free downloadable e-book, “Bald Eagles in the Meadowlands & Beyond” with a book launch event on Wednesday, September 10, at 8 p.m. in the Meadowlands Environment Center in DeKorte Park, the home of the NJMC.

Biologist Kathy Clark of the State’s Endangered and Nongame Species Program will discuss her experience with bald eagles across New Jersey, with a special focus on the Meadowlands Region. The NJMC’s Jim Wright, who edited the book, and CWF Executive Director David Wheeler, who wrote the foreword, will also speak at the event. Several photographers will also talk about their photos showcased in the book.

The talk is sponsored by the Bergen County Audubon Society (BCAS) and will begin at the conclusion of the BCAS’ monthly business meeting. Light refreshments will follow.

  • To download the e-book, click here.
  • The Meadowlands Environment Center is located at 2 DeKorte Park Plaza in
    Lyndhurst. For directions to DeKorte Park, click here.

September 15th, 2014

Photo from the Field

A new osprey platform is installed inside Sedge Island WMA. It replaces an antiquated design that is prone to predation by raccoons. This new 1-post platform will give ospreys their best chance at successfully raising young.

A new osprey platform is installed inside Sedge Island WMA. It replaces an antiquated design that is prone to predation by raccoons. This new 1-post platform will give ospreys their best chance at successfully raising young. © Ben Wurst

September 11th, 2014

Help Bats Find a Good Home!

By Dan Silvernail, Eagle Scout Candidate and Conserve Wildlife Foundation Volunteer

Big brown bats in an attic space (c) Phil Wooldridge

Big brown bats in an attic space (c) Phil Wooldridge

Bats don’t get enough credit. They fly around at night devouring thousands of mosquitoes and other unwanted insects. They reduce our need to use pesticides to protect crops and trees. Their droppings, or guano, can even be used as garden fertilizer.

Aside from their nightly all-you-can-eat buffet, they don’t have the easiest life. People needlessly fear them, believing myths that they all have rabies or want to fly into your hair! Over six million bats have been wiped out by a disease called White-nose Syndrome which attacks them while they are hibernating. Their natural forest habitat is often destroyed. When they find a nice building in which to live, they often get kicked out, leaving them in need of a tight, warm place to give birth and raise their young.

That’s where we can help. We can build these flying mammals nice summer homes where they can hang out with their babies. By creating narrow spaces inside the house, painting the outside a dark color and caulking up the sides to retain the heat, and roughening up the wood to make it easier for the bats to climb in, we give something back to the bats for sparing us hundreds more mosquito bites and playing an important role in our ecosystem.

That’s why I chose to put together bat house kits for my Eagle Scout Project and why you and your family can come to this weekend’s New Jersey Wild Outdoor Expo to help build them.

Family fun at the NJ Wild Outdoor Expo

Family fun at the NJ Wild Outdoor Expo

  • When: Saturday, September 13 & Sunday, September 14, Noon and 2:00 PM
  • Where: Colliers Mills Wildlife Management Area, Jackson Township, New Jersey
  • What: The workshops are free. Materials are available on a first come, first served basis.
  • Children can do a lot of the work to build the house, so families are encouraged to do the project together.

The bat houses will be donated to Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey to put up before bats are evicted from attics, eaves, and buildings, so they can easily find a new place to roost. Stop by CWF’s table in the Conservation Tent to learn more about bats and other imperiled wildlife species. You can always pick up plans to buy materials and make bat houses on your own.

Please come show New Jersey bats some appreciation!

 

September 10th, 2014

Calling All Scouts: Earn your badges at this weekend’s WILD Outdoor Expo!

If you are looking for some great outdoors activities that can help fulfill Girl & Boy Scout Badges, join us this weekend at the New Jersey WILD Outdoor Expo! Tons of great activities will be offered, all for FREE!

Kayaking, NJ WILD Outdoor Expo

Kayaking, NJ WILD Outdoor Expo

On Saturday and Sunday this weekend, September 13 & 14, the New Jersey WILD Outdoor Expo is offering unique blend of conservation information, education and hands-on opportunities to learn outdoor skills and activities. Numerous environmental and conservation exhibits, demonstrations and seminars are planned for the weekend. Visitors can learn about, and try, a wide array of activities including fishing, hiking, shooting sports, kayaking, camping skills, rock climbing, wildlife watching and much more.

Many of these free activities can be help fulfill Girl and Boy Scout badge requirements. CWF will be providing handouts of these activities at the Expo, but they are also provided here on our website. Badge counselors will not be present at the Expo.

Archery, NJ WILD Outdoor Expo

Archery, NJ WILD Outdoor Expo

Some of the badges that can be fulfilled at the Expo include:

  • Birds badges
  • Naturalist badges
  • Photography badges
  • Camping and hiking badges
  • Forester badges
  • Outdoorsman badges
  • And many more!

For more information, or to be added to the scout mailing list, please contact Stephanie Feigin at 609-984-0621 or sfeigin@conservewildlifenj.org

September 9th, 2014

Get Outdoors for the WILDest weekend of the year!

Looking for some outdoors activities this weekend? The New Jersey WILD Outdoor Expo gives you virtually every possible option in one place – and its FREE!

Tent Exhibit, NJ WILD Outdoor Expo

Tent Exhibit, NJ WILD Outdoor Expo

This weekend, September 13 and 14, the fifth annual New Jersey WILD Outdoor Expo will be held at the Colliers Mills Wildlife Management Area in Jackson Township from 10am-5pm both Saturday and Sunday. Admission and parking are free. Food will also be available from a variety of vendors, or you can bring your own if you prefer!

The Expo celebrates the state’s natural resources and outdoor heritage, while connecting residents with education and hands-on opportunities to learn outdoor skills.

Participants of all ages can try a wide variety of free activities including everything from fishing, kayaking and camping skills to rock climbing, wildlife watching or shooting sports, as well as part environmental and conservation exhibits, demonstrations and seminars.

Rock climbing wall, NJ WILD Outdoor Expo

Rock climbing wall, NJ WILD Outdoor Expo

Visitors can also participate in turkey calling, get an introduction to archery, learn trap shooting, learn about local bats, get a primer on the Barnegat Bay watershed, hone their bird and tree identification skills, take in a hunting dog retrieval demonstration, get a close-up look at some quail and raptors, or participate in nature photography workshops, plus many other activities.

Families can also have plenty of hands-on fun – including insect safari shows, an inflatable soil tunnel, WILD crafts, and demonstrations on birds of prey and snakes of New Jersey.

More than 100 conservation, environmental and recreation exhibits will be at the Expo with demonstrations and seminars about the state’s air, water, soil, flora and fauna, and history. Numerous experts can provide information on an array of topics from hunting to bird watching to scuba diving and forestry stewardship in New Jersey. An outdoor equipment flea market will enable visitors to purchase gear needed for outdoor recreation or other environmental-related products.

NJ WILD Outdoor Expo

NJ WILD Outdoor Expo

CWF helps sponsor this event as well as the DEP’s Division of Fish and Wildlife, State Forest Service and State Parks Service. It is partly financed by a grant from the USSAF Trailblazer Adventure Program and funding from the New Jersey Sportsmen’s Wildlife Foundation and the New Jersey Outdoor Alliance.

Click here for more information