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New CWF podcast series focusing on climate change impacts on New Jersey’s wildlife debuts with beach nesting bird episode

December 12th, 2019

by: Alison Levine, Communications Coordinator

New Jersey has more people per square mile than any other state by far. It’s not an easy place for wildlife to survive. Yet countless wildlife species from bald eagles to bobcats are doing just that.

But what happens when you inject climate change into the mix? Superstorms and sea level rise, coastal erosion and salt water intrusion, invasive species, disrupted life cycles and wildlife disease.

Conserve Wildlife Foundation is excited to introduce the ‘State of Change’ podcast that explores how climate change is affecting wildlife in our state. Hosted by CWF executive director David Wheeler and produced by Matt Wozniak, each episode highlights a different climate change issue – and every story helps paint a portion of the big picture of our changing world.

You can find ‘State of Change’ on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Castbox and Deezer – or listen from our blog, new episodes will be posted regularly.

Our first story Saving Beach Nesting Birds reveals an uneasy balance between human development and beach nesting birds birds like the piping plover and American oystercatcher. A balance that is now at risk because of climate change. Both humans and coastal birds need their homes to stay free of flood waters but what’s best for humans and what’s best for the birds isn’t always the same thing.

Things you will learn in this episode:

  • What effects climate change could bring to the coast of New Jersey
  • How human development is affecting beach and marsh nesting birds
  • How piping plovers react to changes brought by powerful storms
  • What the American oystercatcher is doing to survive in the developing world
  • Why certain species can adapt to certain situations while others can not
  • What the future may hold for New Jersey’s coastal nesting birds

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