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2017 Coastal Conservation Research Program

The summer flies by fast when you are immersed in research and conservation projects (and mud and sand…) at The Wetlands Institute. From late May through early August, CCRP interns design and conduct independent research projects, contribute to annual data collection...

2017 Environmental Education Intern Projects

The Wetlands Institute’s Environmental Education Interns spent 12 weeks leading public education programs, while immersing themselves in the unique environment of the surrounding salt marsh and barrier islands. They worked hard and through it all developed the skills...

Citizen Conservationist Award

by Dr. Lisa Ferguson This year, we were grateful to recognize all the contributions Homer Wesolowski has made to The Wetlands Institute – and our conservation and research projects – with the 2017 Citizen Conservationist Award. In 2011, Homer Wesolowski came to...

Marsh Musings – Autumn 2017

by Dr. Lenore Tedesco, Executive Director It’s hard to believe that autumn is here already. We spend so much time getting ready for summer and all we hope to accomplish in our research, conservation and education programs, and in seeing all of you. Before you know it,...

The Incredible Journeys of Monarchs

by Dr. Lenore Tedesco It’s fall in Cape May and that means one thing – it’s time for the great migrations of wildlife headed south. Cape May sits in one of the world’s great migration corridors and in addition to being on one of these great highways, our area is...

Welcome Shelby Schmeltzle!

Shelby Schmeltzle is our new Aquarist and Environmental Educator. She graduated in 2016 from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor’s degree in Marine Biology. Since graduating she has been worked up and down the east coast from Mystic, CT to the Florida...

Planting for Nature: The Stone Harbor Wildflower Meadow

by Lenore Tedesco, Executive Director The triangle near 118th St between 3rd Ave and Dune Drive has been transformed into an oasis for butterflies, songbirds, hummingbirds, and pollinators of all types. Thanks to a collaboration between the Borough of Stone Harbor’s...

Volunteers Rescue Thousands of Stranded Horseshoe Crabs

by Allison Anholt, Research Scientist Extra high tides during the new moon in May, combined with warm water temperatures and high sustained winds caused mass strandings of spawning horseshoe crabs on the Delaware Bay over Memorial Day weekend. The water overflowed the...