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An Open Statement to Our Constituency

For nearly 50 years, The Wetlands Institute has conducted important research, undertaken science-based and informed conservation measures, and used science as a basis for our education programs. All of us at The Wetlands Institute value science and understand the...
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GivingTuesday

A Global Day of Giving November 29 To protect them To inspire them To save them The Wetlands Institute has joined #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to...
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A Special Thank You

As a Wetlands Institute Summer Docent, every Wednesday morning from May to September, Stuart Friedman, can be found leading the Avalon Dune and Beach walks at 48th Street and Dune Drive. During these walks, Stu is informative, passionate and committed to educating the...
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Monarch Ambassadors: Helping to Answer the Questions

by by Sue Slotterback, Environmental Educator For several years the headlines have touted the Monarch population is in decline from a series of devastating events and practices. And that’s true for most of the Midwest; however, the news isn’t as dire here on the East...
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Fascinating Fiddler Crabs

by Samantha Sorbello, Aquarist / Environmental Educator When you walk through the marsh, you have probably noticed small, round holes in the mud that are home to the fiddler crab. Three species of fiddler crabs, Uca pugilator, U. pugnax, and U. minax are found in...
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Changing Times for Terrapins

by Brian Williamson, Research Scientist After many years of being legally harvested in New Jersey, we are very happy to announce that a bill has been passed to officially remove diamondback terrapins from the game species list. The bill was originally proposed in...
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Marsh Musings – Winter 2016

Taking the Pulse of the Marsh Wetlands and coastal ecosystems are incredibly dynamic with change being a constant characteristic. Superimposed on their rhythmic changes are intensified pressures related to climate change, sea level rise, and intense human use. As the...
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Protecting the Beaches for Birds: Shorebird Stewarding

by Allison Anholt, Research Scientist   Taylor Tedesco, Beach Steward Coastal birds such as piping plovers, American oystercatchers, terns, skimmers, and many migratory species of shorebirds use our local beaches in order to roost, forage, and raise young....
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Can Dredge Materials be Beneficial to Marshes?

Can Dredge Materials be Beneficial to Marshes? by Lenore Tedesco, Executive Director Recently, there has been a lot of talk about opportunities to utilize dredge materials for environmental benefit, especially to help restore wetlands. Scientists at the Institute have...
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25 Years of Turtle Releases

by Roberta Dean When reading The Wetlands newsletter this winter, I was drawn to the news about this year marking the 25th Anniversary of the Diamondback Terrapin Conservation Project. I immediately realized what that meant to me -- I would be preparing for my 25th...
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The Hidden World of Plankton Exposed

by Samantha Sorbello Visitors to the aquarium will notice a new exhibit in The Secrets of the Salt Marsh - The Culture Corner. This exhibit invites guests to explore the microscopic world of plankton and learn more about the organisms that make up the base of marine...
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Volunteers to the Rescue!

2016 was an extraordinary year for the reTURN the Favor program. Over 77,000 horseshoe crabs were rescued from bayshore beaches in New Jersey this season – surpassing the total from the first three years combined! Volunteers and staff from partner organizations...
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Coming Full Circle

by Tori Musumeci, CCRP Coordinator I was in the lab, crowded around the lab table with the rest of the 4th grade campers, interns and research staff and I did not feel good. Unfamiliar black spots where swirling in front of my eyes and I was losing my hearing, next...
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Summer Intern Projects

Coastal Conservation Research Program Our Coastal Conservation Research Program Interns spent 10 weeks this summer immersed in our projects, and creating their own projects. After acclimating to life in the saltmarsh, nights on bayshore beaches, and days on terrapin...
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Marsh Musings – Autumn 2016

Autumn 2016 by Dr. Lenore Tedesco As another summer comes to a close, it’s a great time to think about all the remarkable work our staff, volunteers, and interns have done and the impact it has had. As the summer season starts, our staffing ramps up with the addition...
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Changing Tides With STEM

by Kaitlin Gannon and Brooke Knapick In spring 2015, the Education Department announced plans to introduce a new water quality module to the Science Education at Sea (SEAS) and Environmental Education Field Trip programs. It was our desire to have students test and...
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Wetlands Institute joins Frogwatch USA

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...
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Keeping our Beaches Clean

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...
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Merits of the Marsh

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...
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Marsh Musings – Summer 2016

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...
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Our Dynamic Beaches

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...
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2016 Summer Internships

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...
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Great News for Terrapins!

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...
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A Record Breaking Sanderling

Migratory shorebirds are attracted to barrier island beaches for resting and foraging along their many-thousand mile long annual journey. Sanderlings are the shorebirds commonly seen running in and out with the waves, quickly grabbing food from the sand with their...
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Two Nations for One Wetlands

In 2014, The Wetlands Institute, Wetland Link International, and Wetlands International Russia teamed up to generate a beneficial international dialogue between wetland centers in the US and Russia. This project, Russia-USA Wetland Center Exchange Program: Linking...
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