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In New Jersey, the only known northeastern beach tiger beetle population can be found at Gateway National Recreation Area at Sandy Hook.

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Rare Species Sightings

How to report sightings of rare species to the Endangered and Nongame Species Program and resightings of banded shorebirds for the International Shorebird Project.


Image of Black-crowned night heron.Zoom+ Black-crowned night heron. © Steve Byland

Reporting Rare Wildlife Sightings

To help protect rare and imperiled species, we must be able to identify where they occur and what habitat they need to exist. By reporting species sightings to the Endangered and Nongame Species Program, you can help biologists build a picture of our state’s biodiversity.

The Endangered and Nongame Species Program asks the public to submit sightings through a form found on its website.

The form asks for information such as:

  • Location of the sighting shown on an aerial photo or Google map
  • Photo of sighting
  • Description of the habitat
  • Date and time of the sighting
  • How the species was identified

A rare sightings form can be downloaded here.

A list of the rare species currently tracked by the Endangered and Nongame Species Program is available in the PDF file available below:

Download NJ's List of Rare Species, updated December 2013

NJ's List of Rare Species, updated December 2013 - 162.2KB
Complete list of New Jersey's Endangered, Threatened, and Special Concern species as of December 2013.


Image of A red knot in breeding plumage along the Delaware Bay.Zoom+ A red knot in breeding plumage along the Delaware Bay. © Bill Dalton

Shorebird Resightings

Since the mid 1990’s the International Shorebird Team has placed colorful bands on thousands of shorebirds. Each band has a unique identifier and can be read with a good quality spotting scope. By sending in information from these banded bands, researchers and the public can identify where the shorebirds – red knots, semipalmated sandpipers, ruddy turnstones, and sanderlings – were banded and where they winter, breed, and stop over during migration.

The website allows anyone living along the flyway to submit data on resightings for these birds and contribute to an amazing scientific collaboration designed to protect these birds from further decline, and in the case of the red knot, imminent extinction.


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Our Species

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Explore our online field guide that depicts over 170 species of rare wildlife in New Jersey and learn about how we are working to protect them.

 

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