Monday, April 13, 2009

Endangered Species Program April 14 in Alloway


The Salem County Nature Club and the Alloway Township Environmental Commission have combined forces to sponsor a program entitled "New Jersey's Endangered Species," Tuesday April 14 at 7 p.m. This program is free and open to the public and will be held at the Municipal Building, 49 Greenwich Street.

The program will be presented by Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey, a division of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.

New Jersey harbors a wide variety of habitats. From the barrier beaches and coastal marshes of the ocean edge to the highlands, ridges and valleys of the northwest, New Jersey is situated at a biological crossroads unique in our geographic area. With over 500 species, New Jersey ranks as one of the most diverse wildlife habitats in the country.

Peregrine falcons nest on our bridges and skyscrapers. Ospreys fish in our marshes and estuaries. Pine Barrens tree frogs call in our Atlantic White Cedar bogs.
New Jersey is also the most densely populated state in the nation, home to over 8 million people. Wildlife is struggling for survival amidst the parking lots, strip malls, and housing developments.

The future of New Jersey's rare wildlife depends upon concerned citizens who realize that by protecting the habitats of endangered and threatened species we are protecting our future - ensuring that we will always have wild open places to revive our spirits and enrich our lives.

Did you know that New Jersey is home to over 70 endangered and threatened species? That habitat loss is the greatest single problem effecting rare wildlife? Come and learn about New Jersey's rare wildlife so you can help to "keep wildlife in our future."

Special focus will be placed on wildlife in Salem County including bald eagles, bog turtles and other herptile species, red-shouldered hawks, kestrels, barred owls, red-headed woodpeckers and timber rattlesnakes.

If you have any questions contact Marilyn Patterson of the Salem County Nature Club by calling 935-2384 or via e-mail at salemnatureclub@aol.com

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