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#OptOutside for Healthier, Happier Kids

Wednesday, March 27th, 2019

Splashing across a stream, letting imagination take flight on the wings of a bird and the excitement of navigating a new trail are some magical moments in childhood that resonate through the years, not just as memories but as life lessons.

Kids who spend time outdoors, or #OptOutside, aren’t just having fun getting dirty. Time outdoors has been shown to reduce childhood depression and stress, build kids’ confidence and even improve performance in school.

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Green Eggs and Sand Educator Workshop

Tuesday, March 26th, 2019
Horseshoe crab eggs on the beach. Photo from The Wetlands Institute.

During the full and new moon events in May and June thousands of horseshoe crabs come ashore to spawn, primarily in Delaware Bay. At the same time migrating shorebirds descend upon the beaches to rest and feed on the horseshoe crab eggs before continuing onto their breeding grounds. This interaction between horseshoe crab, shorebird and humans is what lays the ground works for the Green Eggs & Sand (GE&S) workshop.

The GE&S workshop is a three-day workshop for teachers focused on understanding the issues, science and management of the horseshoe crab/shorebird interaction. Workshop participants learn from top researchers and natural managers in the field, and participate in a horseshoe crab count.

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TapINTO.net: Online Cameras Peer into Nests of ‘Rock Star’ New Jersey Predators

Monday, March 18th, 2019

Story by: TapINTO.net

Top: Duke Farms Eagle protects two eggs that are expected to hatch soon.
Photo credit Conserve Wildlife Foundation.
Bottom: Peregrine Falcons in Union County exhibit mating behavior.

Photo credit Union County.

A pair of American Eagles tend to their nest atop an 80-foot Sycamore tree at Duke Farms in Hillsborough, days away from the hatching of two eggs, while the courtship season has begun for a female peregrine falcon nesting on the roof of the historic 17-story Union County Courthouse in downtown Elizabeth.

The predators have achieved “rock star” status in classrooms and homes across the state and the country thanks to video cameras that have been installed on trees and within the nests of the birds by wildlife biologists, with live feeds available online.

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NorthJersey.com: Bald eagles nesting in New Jersey

Thursday, March 14th, 2019

Story by North Jersey Record

One of two adult bald eagles near a nest that looks out on Overpeck Creek, where the raptors have been seen for the past few years. (Photo: File photo from northjersey.com)

Bald eagles are New Jersey’s early birds. In the chill of winter, they’re the first to build nests and lay eggs.

Even in the short days of December, these early birds are busy gathering sticks, grass and other materials to build or repair their nests. Only two weeks into the new year, they start laying eggs.

Newark student wildlife artists honored at Jewish Museum of NJ

Saturday, March 9th, 2019

By David Wheeler, Executive Director

A proud fifth-grader shows off her ‘Soaring with Steam’ artwork.

Some of Newark’s top wildlife artists were recently honored at the Jewish Museum of New Jersey – and those talented fifth grade artists brought along their families and friends to help them celebrate!

Newark’s Sussex Avenue Renew School partnered with Congregation Ahavas Sholom to hold their seventh annual art exhibition on Sunday, February 24, 2019, with the main gallery displaying the students’ original art collages representing endangered and threatened wildlife in New Jersey. These works of art were created by fifth-grade students as part of Conserve Wildlife Foundation’s “Soaring with STEAM” programming in Newark Public Schools.

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