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Highlights of a Recent Mammal Inventory

Thursday, February 22nd, 2024

by Meaghan Lyon, Wildlife Biologist

In the spring and summer of 2023, CWF set up over 100 field cameras in a variety of habitats along mammal travel paths at the Joint Base in Lakehurst. The study captured a glimpse of what wildlife does when they think no one is watching.

To start, here is an abbreviated species list of most of the wildlife captured on camera. We were not surprised to find that nearly 80% of our captures were of white-tailed deer! Unfortunately, no captures of black bears have been reported in the area in previous years. Check out some of the captures below!

  • White-tailed deer
  • Red fox
  • Grey fox
  • Coyote
  • Striped skunk
  • Opossum
  • Beaver
  • Groundhog
  • Eastern grey squirrel
  • American red squirrel
  • Southern flying squirrel
  • Raccoon
  • Eastern cottontail rabbit
  • Mice species
  • Domestic cat
  • Great blue heron
  • Wild Turkey
  • Owl species
  • Songbird species

JB MDL Military Conservation Partnership Award & CWF Projects

Thursday, August 17th, 2023

by Meaghan Lyon, Wildlife Biologist

Earlier this year, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) awarded Joint Base McGuire, Fort Dix, and Lakehurst (JB MDL) with the Military Conservation Partnership Award for outstanding efforts to protect both State and Federally listed threatened and endangered species. The award recognizes significant natural resource management achievements by military installations, particularly the conservation of important wildlife and their habitats through cooperative work with USFWS and other partners. CWF has been a major partner on many projects at JB MDL spanning from grassland habitat restoration and monitoring, myotis bat surveys and tracking, and a full mammal inventory.

Over the past six years, long term efforts have been ongoing to expand and protect grassland habitat at the McGuire Airfield. So far, roughly 600 acres have been restored to native warm season grasses with another 100 acres to be completed by next spring. The planting of species like little bluestem, sideoats grama, and blue grama has helped to create grassland bird nesting habitat. Grassland bird surveys are conducted each summer to monitor success of species like upland sandpiper and bobolink.