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American Oystercatcher

The American Oystercatcher (Haematopus palliatus) is listed as a species of special conservation concern. This species is considered to be in decline in New Jersey.

Piping Plover

The Piping Plover (Charadrius melodus) population declined in 2013 to only 108 pairs. They are listed as an endangered species under the New Jersey Endangered and Nongame Species Conservation Act.

American Oystercatcher Project

The American oystercatcher (Haematopus palliatus) is listed as a species of special conservation concern in New Jersey. We work to monitor and protect American oystercatchers in New Jersey and throughout other parts of its range.

2016 Photo Contest Winners

In 2016, Conserve Wildlife Foundation launched the “For the Love of Wildlife” Photo Contest to showcase the love for and need to protect New Jersey's wildlife. Over 1,470 entries were received! New Jersey wildlife photographers, CWF board members and staff poured over the entries to choose our winners. First, Second, and Third place winners in both youth and adult categories for 2016 are listed below.

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Least tern

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Roseate tern

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Piping plover

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Black skimmer

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Caspian tern

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Common tern

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Gull-billed tern

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American oystercatcher

Standing nearly a foot and a half tall with a long, straight orange-red bill, the stocky black, brown, and white oystercatcher is not easily overlooked. Their loud calls and gregarious behavior makes them even harder to miss.