The Meadowlands are home to a large variety of birds and the area and its inhabitants are generally experiencing a revival.
There are 20 endangered and 14 threatened bird species in New Jersey, two of which have also earned the endangered classification at the federal level. In the Meadowlands, at least 18 nesting birds are on New Jersey's watch list, according to Jim Wright, bird columnist, member of the New Jersey Meadowlands Commission and blogger at The Meadowlands Nature Blog.
Nesting in the Meadowlands are 4 endangered species - Pied-billed Grebe, Peregrine Falcon, Least Tern and Northern Harrier - and 4 threatened species - Osprey, Savannah Sparrow, Yellow-crowned Night Heron and Black-crowned Night Heron.
And there are also 10 species of "special concern" - not yet threatened - that nest here: American Kestrel, Barn Owl, Brown Thrasher, Common Gallinule (moorhen), Common Nighthawk, Horned Lark, Least Bittern, Saltmarsh Sparrow, Spotted Sandpiper and Virginia Rail.
|A yellow crowned night heron - threatened in NJ and appearing|
in the Meadowlands. This one was spotted in Carlstadt.
The Meadowlands is a good location to see the endangered Northern Harrier which can appear year-round but primarily in the winter.
The Meadowlands is also a temporary home for migrating birds, translating to about 280 species of birds spending at least part of the year in the area.
SOURCE: Birds fighting extinction here in Meadows