December 5th, 2013
Dispatch from Green Turtle Cay, Abaco, The Bahamas
Sister School students of Amy Roberts Primary School, Abaco, The Bahamas, working hard on their Piping Plover Unit!
The Conserve Wildlife Foundation of NJ continues to be extremely excited about our sister school project which links a school on Green Turtle Cay in Abaco, The Bahamas and one in Ocean City, New Jersey, USA through piping plover conservation. We particularly like how it is shaping up to be a multi-disciplinary educational initiative. Below is a report we received last week from Jan Russell, the project teacher from the Amy Roberts Primary School on Green Turtle Cay:
Today was the first official in-class activity to start the Joint Piping Plover Unit. On Monday the students were placed in groups based upon their strengths and identified cooperation skills. The first activity included a review of the Power Point presentation presented by Todd Pover and Stephanie Egger of CWFNJ when they visited us on November 5, 2013. As each slide was presented, each group recorded a comment or question on a large sheet of poster paper. The comments and questions will be used to develop our research direction and our final product choices. Read the rest of this entry »
December 3rd, 2013
After much delay…
by Ben Wurst, Habitat Program Manager
Last week we set out to finally repair the osprey cam at Edwin B. Forsythe NWR. (Note: we do all of the technical repairs and maintenance to the camera system) Initial repairs were delayed to protect the osprey young. Timing restrictions are set in place to reduce disturbance to nesting ospreys and nests cannot be disturbed from April 1 – August 30. This is a good thing! When we finally set out to figure out the issue with why the camera suddenly lost power, we had to wait until it was safe to enter the nest. When we first went out (August 15) for a quick diagnosis (after we knew all young were flying and not relying on the nest as much) and got the cam online again…but it died after 30 minutes of streaming…
We went out again in late September and determined it was the solar charge controller but had to wait to get a new one. In October we went out out to replace the charge controller but the system was still down and the equipment was not getting power. The two batteries only had 6 volts of charge and needed to be recharged. So, the two 50lb. batteries were lugged a pretty long distance and charged up. Once they held a charge we made plans to go back to re-install them and hoped it would work. Success!! The batteries powered up the system and within minutes the camera was streaming online!
Special thanks to volunteer Joe Bilotta for helping out with the re-installation of the batteries!
Volunteer, Joe Bilotta helps to setup a ladder to access osprey cam equipment.
Not so green anymore!
November 21st, 2013
© Thomas Gorman
2013 New Jersey Bald Eagle Project Report
by Larissa Smith, Wildlife biologist/Volunteer Manager
2013 was a good year for the New Jersey bald eagle population. A total of 148 nests were checked during the season and 119 were found to be active (with eggs). A record high of 177 young were produced. Eagle nests can now be found in all but two of New Jersey’s 21 counties.
As we wrap up the 2013 season eagle pair’s are already reported to be working on nests for the 2014 nesting season. I would like to thank all of the dedicated eagle project volunteers as well as all others involved in the eagle project.
The 2013 New Jersey Bald Eagle Project Report has all the details on the 2013 nesting season.
November 14th, 2013
Introducing the 2013 Women & Wildlife Honorees.
Through our annual Women & Wildlife Awards we recognize women who represent a broad range of wildlife protectors in our state:
- Tracy Leaver, who rehabilitates orphaned and injured animals, including bobcats and bears;
- Linda J. Mead, who has a distinguished record in permanently preserving over 15,000 acres of natural habitats, farms, and open space for New Jersey’s wildlife;
- Jo Ann Frier-Murza, who played an important role in protecting our most charismatic wildlife as part of the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife;
- Pat Sutton, who has educated about the natural world in New Jersey, especially in Cape May, for over 30 years; and
- Dr. Edith Wallace, who has devoted more than half a century to inspiring people, young and old, to make the wild places of New Jersey part of their everyday experiences.
At the event we will also commemorate the 40th Anniversary of New Jersey’s Endangered Species Conservation Act. This landmark legislation directed the Department of Environmental Protection to protect, manage and restore the State’s endangered and nongame wildlife species and allowed state biologists to bring key species back from the brink of extinction – species such as the bald eagle, peregrine falcon, and osprey.
When: Wednesday, December 4th, 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Where: Trenton Country Club, 201 Sullivan Way, Ewing, New Jersey
Tickets: $75 individual ticket
$250, $500 and $1,000 sponsorships will be listed in the event program
All proceeds will benefit our work to protect our rare and imperiled wildlife!
For more information, please contact Liz Silvernail at (609) 292-3707.