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Each spring New Jersey is host to the largest concentration of shorebirds in North America.


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Publications and Books

We offer a variety of excellent wildlife books, pocket guides, and field guides to New Jersey's threatened and endangered species, dragonflies & damselflies and birds, butterflies and moths. Your purchase through our store supports rare and endangered wildlife protection in New Jersey.

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The fastest animal on earth dive-bombs him from the skies. A young black bear bounds up a mountain trail a few yards away. Poisonous snakes swirl at his feet. A thousand bats careen past his head in a pitch-black roost. Pods of dolphins swim right past him by the scores. Who? Experienced naturalist David Wheeler. Where? In Wild New Jersey, of course.

Wild New Jersey invites readers along Wheeler’s whirlwind year-long tour of the most ecologically diverse state for its size in America. Along with the expert guidance of charismatic wildlife biologists and local conservationists, he explores mountains, valleys, beaches, pine barrens, caves, rivers, marshlands, and more—breathtaking landscapes and the state’s Noah’s Ark of fascinating creatures.

This isn’t your ordinary ride on the Jersey Turnpike. Fasten your seatbelts and join Wheeler as he...
kayaks through the Meadowlands under the watchful eye of the Empire State Building...pans for cretaceous fossils in a hidden brook once home to mastodons and giant sloths...rides a fishing boat in the frigid snows of winter on a high-seas quest for Atlantic puffins...trudges through the eerie darkness of a bog on a mysterious night hike...and dogsleds across the windswept alpine slopes in the haunts of the porcupine and bobcat.

With Wheeler’s compelling narrative, in-depth background details, and eye for revealing the offbeat, you can count this as the first nature book to paint the extraordinary picture of New Jersey’s unlikely wilderness in all its glory. Come along for all the adventure and insight in Wild New Jersey!


David Wheeler is CWF's Executive Director and has written conservation stories for the Star-Ledger, The Record, E the Environmental Magazine, and other media. He also lectures at Rutgers University's School of Environmental and Biological Sciences. Mr. Wheeler has spoken on wildlife conservation and environmental topics before over 200 audiences in the northeast, and has been a studio guest on Fox 5 News with Ernie Anastos, NBC Philadelphia @ Issue, NJTV One-on-One with Steve Adubato, and other news programs. He earned his MBA from New York University's Stern School of Business and his B.A. from American University in Washington, DC.

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Rare Wildlife Revealed: The James Fiorentino Traveling Art Exhibition collectors book
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Enjoy all twenty-five watercolor images by James Firoentino in this beautiful, hardcover gallery book. Foreword by Governor Tom Kean and introduction by CWF Executive Director David Wheeler.

Image of Cover of the "Life Along the Delaware Bay" book.Zoom+ Cover of the "Life Along the Delaware Bay" book. Rutgers University Press

Written by CWF partner Larry Niles, in concert with Joanna Burger and Amanda Dey, and illustrated with beautiful images by renowned photographer, Jan van de Kam, this fascinating book celebrates the second largest and most diverse bay on the East Coast.

Life Along the Delaware Bay presents the bay through the lens of shorebird migration, horseshoe crab spawning and the natural phenomena that make this place special. Over 300 stunning color photographs capture the beauty of this unique treasure.

Published by Rutgers University Press. Publication Sponsored by: Citizens United to Protect the Maurice River and its Tributaries, the National Park Service, Sun National Bank,New Jersey Natural Lands Trust

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From scenic mountain ridges to vast coastal marshes, the New Jersey Wildlife Viewing Guide will lead you to 87 premier wildlife viewing areas, and will better your chances of seeing wildlife once you get there. Included are detailed descriptions of each viewing site and its wildlife, maps and access information, helpful viewing tips, and 93 color photographs featuring the flora and fauna of the Garden State.

This guide was created through the National Watchable Wildlife Program, a unique partnership initiative coordinated by Defenders of Wildlife. The New Jersey Division of Fish, Game, and Wildlife, Endangered and Nongame Species Program, provided major funding for the guide from the sale of New Jersey's Conserve Wildlife license plates and the state income tax "Check-off for Wildlife." The Division hopes that this guide will provide, in addition to enjoyment and satisfaction, a heightened appreciation for New Jersey's natural environment and its wildlife treasures.


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This CD, was created as a companion to the Field Guide to Reptiles & Amphibians to assist with identification of 16 species. The CD has 40 tracks -- both training tracks and tracks on which you can test your skill -- of 16 different species.

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Adopt a Bald eagle and help Conserve Widlife Foundation protect this endangered species in New Jersey.

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