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Conservation

Restoring Thompsons Beach Salt Marsh along the Delaware Bayshore

To restore Thompsons Beach, along New Jersey’s Delaware Bayshore, in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, a team led by Conserve Wildlife Foundation and American Littoral Society removed debris from the beach, removed rubble from the road leading to the beach, and placed over 40,000 cubic yards of sand (weighing over 9 million pounds) onto the beach. We […]

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Nature

Salamander Crossing: Road Closed

On the night of March 14, 2015, I attended the first closure of Beekman Road this season. Beekman Road, in East Brunswick, New Jersey, is closed to traffic about two or three nights for six to twelve hours each spring by Friends of the East Brunswick Environmental Commission (Friends of EBEC). Friends of EBEC organizes these road closures to maintain local […]

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Nature

The Garden State’s Newest Frog: The “Chuckling” Atlantic Coast Leopard Frog

Remember back in late October of 2014 when word quickly spread about a new frog species in New Jersey? The Atlantic Coast leopard frog is mint-gray to light olive green with medium to dark spots. The frog has been found along the Delaware River and Bayshore, along Atlantic Ocean coastline, in the Meadowlands and on Staten Island. Did […]

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Birding

Up Close and Personal with an American Redstart

Today, I helped New Jersey Audubon Society scientists record data on the resighting of this banded American Redstart. Such a beautiful warbler and a wonderful day birding on Sandy Hook (Gateway National Recreation Area, Highlands, New Jersey)! Arguably the best way to add a bird to your life list.

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Birding

Nature Notes: Early Spring on Sandy Hook

Today, I enjoyed a beautiful, warm and sunny, early spring day on Sandy Hook in Highlands, New Jersey. After the winter we had, today seemed like a long awaited miracle. I chose to spend my morning and early afternoon birding with a friend. We joined Monmouth County Audubon Society‘s walk and saw a ton of […]

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Birding

Audubon’s Christmas Bird Count on Sandy Hook

Today marks the start of National Audubon Society‘s 115th Christmas Bird Count (CBC)! From December 14 through January 5, thousands of volunteers across North America are invited to go out, count birds and contribute data to an early-winter bird census. When looking at the CBC Map, you will see that every state offers a significant […]

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Birding

#GivingTuesday 2014: Celebrate All Things Winged with The Raptor Trust

Scoured the shelves for deals on Black Friday? Gearing up for gadget buying on Cyber Monday? Don’t forget to honor the most important day of this week (after Thanksgiving, of course), Giving Tuesday. Giving Tuesday is a call to action, a national day of giving around the annual shopping and spending season. The third annual […]

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Birding

Nature Notes: Birding on Sandy Hook

The bird nerd that I am, I decided to join a New Jersey Audubon field trip on Halloween today. It was a cold and overcast morning as we walked along the fields and trails of Sandy Hook. New Jersey Audubon does a great job of providing every birder (regardless of skill level) with an excellent, […]

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Nature

The New Jersey I Want for My Kids #VoteYeson2

Last year, on the first anniversary of Superstorm Sandy, I encouraged New Jersey residents to call their State Assembly representatives and ask them to post open space funding bill ACR 205 for a vote before the end of 2013. If passed, ACR 205 would have allowed residents a chance to vote for a renewed open […]

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Climate Change

Jersey Girl Joins over 300,000 Activists at the Historic #PeoplesClimate March

I have never seen so many people in the same place for the same cause at the same time in my twenty four years on Earth. The #PeoplesClimate March blew my mind. In the best way possible. My good friend and fellow 20-something environmentalist, Carrie and I made plans on my birthday to travel to […]