The Wetlands Institute is excited to announce we are partnering with Cora Hartshorn Arboretum and the Association of Zoos and Aquariums to participate in New Jersey’s chapter of Frogwatch USA. Frogwatch USA is a citizen science project which aims to collect data on amph read more
The Wetlands Institute served as a Beach Captain for Clean Ocean Action’s Spring Beach Sweep for 7-mile Island on April 30. Twenty-three people, including members of Stone Harbor’s Borough Council and Police Department, showed up to remove trash and debris from the beac read more
Wetlands are incredibly important and biologically diverse ecosystems. Many species of plants and animals spend their entire lives in wetlands. Many others find food in wetlands, use them as nesting or nursery grounds or stop in them to rest during migration. Wetlands h read more
Its spring! Hasn’t quite felt like spring in the marsh through most of April and early May. The marsh got nice and green, but the temperatures stayed cold and the rain just kept on coming. My fingers are crossed that the weather turns glorious. As I write this column in read more
by Dr. Lenore Tedesco, Executive Director One of the main attractions of the shore is its beaches. They drive our love for this area and are a keystone of the shore economy. If you spend time exploring the beach, you will notice the dramatic changes that take place ther read more
Coastal Conservation Research Program:
We’re spending our summer with a great crew in the Coastal Conservation Research Program:
- Elliott Fackler, Bloomsburg University
- Aaron Mitchell, The University of Southern Mississippi
- Adeline Schlussel, St. Mary’s College of Maryland
- Lauren Seacrist, Lander University
- Wolf Trumbauer, Widener University
- Charles (Pat) Williams, Stockton University
- And leading the group this summer is CCRP Coordinator Victoria Musumeci, a CCRP alum.
Environmental Education Program:
Our Environmental Education Interns are already leading public programs. If you come visit
this summer, you will likely meet them. We welcome:
- Alexis Arnold, Lock Haven University
- Anna Caputo, Green Mountain College
- Emily Colombo, George Mason University
- Diana Moczula, Carleton University
Marketing and Communications Program:
This year, we are piloting a new formal Marketing and Communications Internship and we
are thrilled to have Victoria Deever of Penn State University, join us for the summer.
Save the date!
Our Ospreys have names! We put it to vote and our Facebook fans chose Marshal and Lily. Egg #1 came 36 days ago so we expect it to hatch any day now!
This morning, the female osprey on the nest became entangled in a plastic bag around her neck. We monitored the situation closely and consulted biologists with the NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife and Conserve Wildlife Foundation about possible responses. A benefit of the nest camera is that we were aware of the problem and able to monitor it. Fortunately, after several hours, the female left the nest while the male incubated, and was able to free herself without intervention. She is back to incubating her eggs.
Marine debris is a serious issue with consequences for wildlife. Please do your part and make sure that you are not responsible for any loss of debris to the your surroundings and if you see any, please recover it and dispose of it properly.
The good news is – we now have 3 eggs!
Dear Terrapin Conservation Supporters,
More good news! New Jersey’s Senate Environment and Energy Committee and Assembly Agriculture and Natural Resources committees recently met to consider Bill S-1625 and A-2949 to classify diamondback terrapins a as non-game indigenous species. The bill passed both committees and will move forward to a full vote. The Wetlands Institute is supportive of this bill that will provide terrapins greater protection and end the harvest in New Jersey.
If you would like to voice support for the bill, you can find contact information for your state representatives at the link below.
There is always something exciting happening at The Wetlands Institute. Our Special Events Calendar lists the important details, so please take a look and join us for an adventure in exploration and discovery.
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Summer Nature Program
Spend a week discovering the New Jersey Shore in a fun and hands-on way! Engage in science experimentation and exploration, play games, go on field trips, explore the beach, create arts and crafts, and much more! Programs are filling fast so don’t delay – register today!