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It All Starts Here!

For nearly 50 years, The Wetlands Institute has been preserving, protecting and stewarding our wetlands and coastal ecosystems. In 1969, we preserved 6000 acres of wetlands and changed the course of history. In 1972, we built the Institute facility and made southern...

American Oystercatchers – Hurricane Irma Survivors

by Allison Anholt This summer, The Wetlands Institute researchers were busy at work studying American Oystercatchers. To learn about these local-breeders, we captured and banded adults and young with orange bands on their legs. Each half-inch tall plastic band is...

Terrapins in the Classroom

by Dr. Lisa Ferguson Our kids are not the only ones headed off to school in the fall. Each year, we send diamondback terrapin hatchlings to spend the school year with teachers who are trained and permitted to raise the turtles with their students through our Terrapins...

Marsh Musings – Winter 2017-18

It’s fall and I am perplexed at how fast the year is flying by. I guess it happens every year but it’s no less surprising. It remains a very busy time of year but our tasks have shifted from serving our families and friends in summer programs, to sharing discoveries...

Our Eyes Are on the Marshes

If you have lived near the coast or have visited for many years, you have probably noticed the changes in water levels in our marshes. Lots of people have told me that it used to be a really big deal when the meadows were flooded because it didn’t happen very often....

Why I Support The Wetlands Institute

by Lee Harp, Honorary Board Member My love for the Wetlands Institute and what it has accomplished for nearly 50 years starts with my childhood. I grew up on the barrier beach island of Brigantine. The northern and southern third of the island were totally undeveloped...

Planting for Nature

by Dr. Lenore Tedesco The triangle near 118th Street and 3rd Avenue in Stone Harbor 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 and The Wetlands...

Changing of Colors = Winter is Coming

by Sue Slotterback Everyone knows autumn is the tEdit Postime for change. It’s colorful panoramic views of the forest foliage just before it falls to blanket the ground insulating roots, crowns, seedlings, and many small creatures from winter’s frosty bite. These same...

Learning with Living Fossils

by Shelby Schmeltzle Continuing efforts to conserve and restore the local Atlantic Horseshoe Crab population, The Wetlands Institute (TWI) has partnered with the NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife’s Aquatic Education Program to launch the Horseshoe Crabs in the...