Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Volunteers Needed for Delaware Bay Reef Build on October 1

October 1, 2016
Delaware Bay Reef Build
2 PM- 6 PM
Dyers Cove
Dyers Creek Road
Newport, NJ 08345

Come lend a hand building an oyster reef at Dyers Cove in the Delaware Bay. The work will involve carrying bags of whelk shells to a site just off the beach. Layers and a change of clothes are recommended as it may be chillier on the Bay and the work can get messy. Gloves, snacks, and beverages will be provided for volunteers.

The American Littoral Society has restored 7 beaches following Hurricane Sandy and is now working to establish near-shore shell bars at those sites to prevent sand loss from wind-driven waves and have already established an oyster reef at South Reeds and Moores beaches.

For more information on Littoral Society reef building projects, see http://www.restorenjbayshore.org/oyster-reef-construction.html?utm_source=www.endangerednj.blogspot.com or contact Quinn Whitesall quinn@littoralsociety.org

South Reeds Beach oyster reef April 2015

Monday, September 26, 2016

Passaic River Symposium October 13-14 2016

The seventh Passaic River Symposium on October 13-14, 2016 will be an event featuring and integrating environmental management, watershed science, flood prevention, urban environments, sustainable development, and the Lower Passaic River Restoration Project. 

Registration Deadline: Friday, September 30  

The symposium will include invited keynote speakers and plenary sessions/presentations on all aspects of environmental management challenges relevant to the Passaic River Basin and other regional watersheds. 

The event will be held at Montclair State University.

This conference year will focus on the Record of Decision for the Lower 8.3 Miles of the Lower Passaic River, environmental monitoring results, flooding, storm water management, water quality and water supply, ecosystem restoration, and environmental advocacy and public outreach efforts. Projects in the upper River and tributary watersheds will also play a prominent role in this conference. Together, the Symposium will discuss in the context of how to achieve a vision for a sustainable Passaic River.

MORE INFORMATION   www.csam.montclair.edu/pri/conferences 

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Nominations for Annual Governor’s Environmental Excellence Awards Due September 28

Nominations for the 2016 Governor’s Environmental Excellence Awards are due by the end of business on Wednesday, September 28 to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.

The Governor’s Environmental Excellence Awards (GEEA) Program is the premier state program for recognizing outstanding environmental performance, program and projects in New Jersey. The awards honor leaders in seven categories for making significant contributions to environmental protection in the state.

Nominations can be submitted in the following categories: Clean Air; Healthy Ecosystems; Water Resources; Land Conservation; Healthy and Sustainable Communities; Healthy and Sustainable Businesses; and Innovative Technology. Environmental Education is divided into two subcategories – one for adult-led education initiatives and one for projects that are student-led or have succeeded because of a high level of student involvement.

The GEEA Program is sponsored by the DEP, the New Jersey Environmental Infrastructure Trust and the New Jersey Corporation for Advanced Technology, in partnership with the New Jersey League of Municipalities. Award winners will be honored in December.

To download the 2016 application and other awards information, please visit: www.nj.gov/dep/eeawards

For information about the program, please call DEP employee Tanya Oznowich at (609) 984-9802 or email Tanya.Oznowich@dep.nj.gov

Friday, September 23, 2016

Rare Wildlife Revealed: The James Fiorentino Traveling Art Exhibition,

The Conserve Wildlife Foundation is partnering with artist James Fiorentino to educate and inspire people by using art to illustrate conservation issues.

There will be a traveling exhibition this fall of his artwork which depicts some of New Jersey’s most endangered and vulnerable wildlife species. His watercolors are lifelike depictions of rare wildlife in their natural surroundings.

The Opening Reception for the exhibit will be September 30, 2016D&R at the Greenway Land Trust www.drgreenway.org at 1 Preservation Place, Princeton, NJ 08540 and the exhibit will be open from September 6 - October 16, 2016. Gallery hours Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.—please call ahead to confirm availability. 609-924-4646

Sales of the original paintings, limited edition digital prints and a book with a forward by Gov. Kean, as well as wildlife merchandise, will benefit D&R Greenway Land Trust and Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey. 

For addditional locations and dates see conservewildlifenj.org/getinvolved/wildlifeart/

James Fiorentino in his studio

The artist's official website is jamesfiorentinonatureart.com

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Snakes On the Move

Timber rattlesnake Photo by Kris Schantz
Snakes in New Jersey are at the end of their mating seasons and on the move within their territories. That means you are more likely to see one.

Snakes are quite misunderstood, largely because the majority of people are not able to identify species and don't know which ones are dangerous and which are harmless to humans and beneficial to the ecosystem.

As I have written before, New Jersey only has two venomous snakes: the Eastern timber rattlesnake and the Northern copperhead.

Firefighters in Knowlton (northwest NJ) posted on Facebook about one timber rattlesnake that was probably moving down from the mountains near the Delaware Water Gap to lower areas and was found in a backyard garden compost pile. (It has been relocated.)

Timber rattlesnakes are found in New Jersey typically around the Kittatinny Ridge north of the Water Gap, the northern Highlands area and in the Pine Barrens and typically found in densely wooded and rocky forests.

Timber rattlesnakes (Crotalus horridus) are an endangered species in New Jersey and it is illegal to kill them. If you encounter one on your property, you can call the NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife. In New Jersey, call the Department of Environmental Protection at 877-WARN DEP (877-927-6337). They have a specialized team of experts and trained volunteers who will relocate the snake.

Timber rattlesnake rely on its camouflage to stay out of sight, and generally will not attack. But, as with many animals, if provoked - and that may be unintentional, such as stepping unaware on or near one - they can strike. Stay 10 feet away from the snake.

In comparison, a Northern copperhead Photo by Mike Muller  
Pennsylvania has a third poisonous snake, the endangered Eastern massasauga, which only lives in the northwestern part of the state. The timber rattlesnake is not protected in Pennsylvania.

More information about snakes in NJ
printable brochure www.njfishandwildlife.com/ensp/pdf/snake_broch14.pdf


Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Volunteer to be part of the 2016 Sandy Hook BioBlitz, September 23-24, 2016

Gateway National Recreation Area and the American Littoral Society will team up again this year to host a BioBlitz at Sandy Hook on September 23-24, 2016.

The 2016 Sandy Hook BioBlitz is one of more than 100 being held throughout the National Park System to celebrate the National Park Services’ centennial. This 24 hour event will start at 1pm on Friday, September 23, 2016 and conclude at 1pm on Saturday, September 24, 2016.

A BioBlitz is a biological inventory where volunteers work alongside scientists and expert naturalists to find and identify as many species as possible over a short time period. It is an opportunity to increase awareness of the diversity of organisms that exist within our park; to become more connected to our surroundings; to increase our understanding of biodiversity; to become empowered to protect the places and spaces where nature exists; and – most importantly – to have fun!! It’s a celebration and exploration of biodiversity!

Gateway National Recreation Area and the American Littoral Society are teaming up again this year to host a BioBlitz at Sandy Hook on September 23-24, 2016. A BioBlitz is a biological inventory where volunteers work alongside scientists and expert naturalists to find and identify as many species as possible over a short time period. It is a celebration and exploration of biodiversity.

The 2016 Sandy Hook BioBlitz Opening Ceremony is on Thursday, September 22 from 7-8 pm at Monmouth University in West Long Branch, NJ. Thomas Brown of the College of Staten Island Biology Department will present "Sandy Hook - A Biodiversity Rest-Stop for Landbirds" at the Samuel Hays Magill Commons, Room 107. Mr. Brown will explore the importance of the Sandy Hook Peninsula as a stop-over site for migratory landbirds. Since 2009, he has applied mark-recapture techniques to study the diversity of birds that use Sandy Hook to rest and refuel.

The BioBlitz itself will begin on Friday, September 23 at 1 p.m. and the closing ceremony will take place on Saturday, September 24 at 1:30 p.m.

Volunteers will have the opportunity to work alongside scientists and expert naturalists to conduct biological surveys and provide a snapshot of biodiversity in the park. Volunteers are also needed to assist at the "Base Camp" with general information, registration, food preparation, GIS, photography, and social media. Base Camp is located at the Fort Hancock parade ground, 18 Hartshorne Drive, Highlands, NJ 07732.

You can also join in interpretive programs that will be held throughout the 2 day event to explore the marshes of Plumb Island, discover the plants and animals living in Sandy Hook Bay, view the Sandy Hook night sky, and experience the park's maritime holly forest.

All events are free and open to the public. Additional information and registration is available at the event website bioblitz16.ciesin.columbia.edu/home

You can also follow the progress on social media by following both GatewayNPS and/or LittoralSociety on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.