Conserve Wildlife Blog

“Wildlife” New Year’s Resolutions

December 31st, 2011

by Maria Grace, Education & Outreach Manager and CWF Staff

A spotted salamander is rescued after attempting to cross a road. © CWF

It’s that time of year again when we reflect on the year that is ending and look forward to the future.  Many species of wildlife such as osprey and bald eagles, had a banner year while others like several species of bats continued to struggle.  What will 2012 hold for NJ’s rare wildlife?  While we can’t predict the future, we have thought about what we would like to happen to help these animals survive and hopefully thrive in our state.

  • This year, I have great hopes of laying all the groundwork (design, funding, pre-construction monitoring) for at least one road-culvert project that will protect migrating amphibians.  Every spring we bring scores of volunteers onto the roads to reduce frog and salamander roadkills, but special “critter culverts” will take over that job permanently! – MacKenzie Hall, Wildlife Biologist
  • To secure the support of New Jersey’s Congressional Delegation for full funding for the federal State Wildlife Grants program that will allow for the continued implementation of the State’s Wildlife Action Plan – the blueprint for rare wildlife protection in our state. And, to get out in the field more to see the exciting projects that Conserve Wildlife Foundation staff are working on. – Margaret O’Gorman, Executive Director
  • To get Little Egg Harbor Twp to reduce the speed limit on Great Bay Blvd to help reduce the amount of female terrapins that are hit-by-car.  – Ben Wurst, Habitat Program Manager
  • Despite the tremendous effort by CWF and the various management cooperators around the state, New Jersey’s piping plover population has only increased slightly the past two years. We have, however, had two good years in a row of producing young, so here’s hoping we finally see a significant jump in the breeding population in 2012! – Todd Pover, Beach Nesting Bird Project Manager
  • To complete a status review for NJ’s freshwater mussel species. – Mike Davenport, Marine Species and GIS Programs Manager.
  • To create a robust speakers bureau that can present programs throughout the state about the important work that we do. – Maria Grace, Education & Outreach Manager

 

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