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Turtle Research Assistant

The Wetlands Institute, located in Stone Harbor, New Jersey, is seeking qualified applicants for a seasonal Research Assistant position to assist with long-term study of Diamondback Terrapins and Eastern Box Turtles. Primary responsibilities include assisting with mark-recapture surveys for Diamondback Terrapins and Eastern Box Turtles, tracking...

Coastal Conservation Research Program Internship

The Coastal Conservation Research Program (CCRP) offers summer internships for undergraduate students pursuing careers in conservation biology, ecology, and coastal ecosystem sciences. Research interns participate in a variety of field studies in southern New Jersey, engage with local community members, and contribute to long-term conservation...

Environmental Education Internship

Education internships are for undergraduate students with an interest in environmental or outdoor education and/or classroom science education and have completed at least two years of college. In this internship, you’ll spend time inside and outside, with visitors of all ages, on land and mud and water and boats and with live animals. As an...

Around the Marsh – Winter 2022-2023

by Dr. Lenore Tedesco, Executive Director & Devin Griffiths, Marketing & Communications Specialist Salt marshes and coastlines are dynamic environments by nature, affected by changes on timescales ranging from hours to years to decades: the stately waltz of the tides; the energetic tango of the ebb and flow of life; the jazzier beat of...

Keeping Our Eye on the Sparrow(s)

by Sam Collins, Research Scientist New Jersey’s coastal nesting birds have lost a substantial amount of habitat due to dense development – and sea level rise, sinking marshes, increased storm intensity, and flood frequency threaten what remains. As available marsh habitat sheltered from frequent flooding continues to disappear, identifying...

News & Notes

Special Thanks From SMIIL After the floodwaters caused by the remnants of Hurricane Ian receded from the marsh islands around the Institute, we discovered that our collaborators at Boston College lost some of their monitoring equipment for our work in the Seven Mile Island Innovation Lab (SMIIL) – including a few data loggers suspended from...

Helping Terrapins Catch A Break

by Brian Williamson, Research Scientist Diamondback terrapin populations in New Jersey face many threats, but the largest is bycatch in enclosed crab pots. Terrapins are attracted to bait and crabs captured in recreational and commercial pots. Once they find their way inside they cannot escape and, because terrapins breathe air, they frequently...

A Structured Learning Experience: Meet Wesley Wise

by Dani Meeker, Aquarist & Environmental Educator Each school year, The Wetlands Institute (TWI) partners with Lower Cape May Regional High School’s Structured Learning Experience Program. This program allows students to step inside local businesses and organizations to gain the experience needed to bolster a future career in their chosen...

Turtle Stories on Display: Educating About Our Local Terrapins

by Erin Rawls, Outreach Coordinator Every year, in the early days of summer, Northern diamondback terrapin females emerge from the marsh to lay their eggs. If you’ve visited The Wetlands Institute during those months, you might have seen a terrapin yourself, or even helped a terrapin safely cross the road and wondered – what’s that turtle’s...

Supporting the Institute – However, Whenever, Wherever

by Jon Tullis, Wetlands Institute Board Member Stone Harbor and Seven Mile Island have been treasured spots for me since childhood. I’m one of those having a favorite relative – an aunt, in my case – who owns a family place on the Island. Aunt Peg is a favorite because she’s enlightened, she’s fun to be with, is a great cook – and yes, because...

Marsh Musings – Winter 2022-2023

by Dr. Lenore Tedesco, Executive Director Many people ask me if things have slowed down now that the seasons have changed. The answer may surprise you. Our full-time year-round staff of 19 are always busy but our focus changes with the seasons. The research team is still in the field, but also analyzing data, preparing reports, writing grants,...

Planning for Resilience and Sustainability at
The Wetlands Institute Campus

by Dr. Lenore Tedesco, Executive Director More than 50 years ago, the founders of The Wetlands Institute preserved the vast coastal marshes that would later become the Cape May Wetlands Wildlife Management Area and deliberately built our campus in the heart of these wetlands. Their vision was to create a dynamic place where scientists and...

Welcome to the Team – Autumn 2022

Meet Julie Blum Julie Blum joined us as a Research Scientist in early August. Prior to joining, she worked with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, coordinating the development of a statewide strategy for increasing carbon storage and sequestration potential in the state's natural and working lands. She also contributed to the...

EE Summer Intern Projects – 2022

A Summer of Growthby Brooke Knapick, Director of Educational Program Development This summer, Luing Family Internship Program Environmental Education Interns spent 12 weeks leading public education programs and interacting with visitors of all ages, while braving the mud, bugs, salt water, and sun to create the best visitor experience possible....

CCRP Summer Intern Projects – 2022

Coastal Conservation Research Programby Dr. Lisa Ferguson, Director of Research & Conservation We filled all 10 weeks of the Coastal Conservation Research Program Internship this summer to the brim with wetlands, birds, terrapins, and horseshoe crabs! Six CCRP interns joined our staff to monitor the summer’s happenings, learn more about the...

Around The Marsh – Autumn 2022

by Dr. Lenore Tedesco, Executive Director Work on beneficial use projects to restore and enhance marshes is continuing in the Seven Mile Island Innovation Lab. Gull Island and Sturgeon Island both were the subject of beneficial use placement projects in the fall of 2020. Both islands were very low lying and at risk of drowning and are important...

Why We Support The Wetlands Institute

by Annie Ulichney, Institute Member Stone Harbor becomes a special home, whether you vacation here for a week, a month, or a lifetime. The anticipation of returning builds as you pull off the Parkway and turn onto Stone Harbor Boulevard. You can’t help but roll the windows down to inhale the salty air of “beach smell” and exhale a sigh of relief...

Marsh Musings – Autumn 2022

by Dr. Lenore Tedesco, Executive Director Once again, I marvel at the inescapable feeling that time has a way of accelerating when it comes to summer at the shore. This year, like so many others, summer seems to have come and gone far too quickly. Time and the rate of change are curious things because we each bring a different perspective to our...

10 Years and Counting

by Meghan Kolk, Conservation Scientist reTURN the Favor (RTF) volunteers have a lot to be proud of as The Wetlands Institute’s horseshoe crab rescue program celebrated its tenth season this year. This dedicated team of horseshoe crab heroes has developed into a key piece of the conservation puzzle, contributing to the recovery of a keystone...

Luing Family Internship Program

Coastal Conservation Research Program The CCRP interns in the 2022 Luing Family Internship Program began their positions in full force just before Memorial Day, and the weeks have been speeding by since! Over the course of the 10-week program, CCRP interns will be conducting their own independent projects and contributing to our wetlands bird and...

Marsh Musings – Summer 2022

by Dr. Lenore Tedesco, Executive Director It’s in our nature to steward our fragile coastal ecosystems. It’s in our nature to conduct applied research to understand how these marshes are changing and how the wildlife that depend on them are impacted, and to use that research to inform conservation. It’s in our nature to educate people of all ages...

Planning a Lasting Legacy

by Dr. Lenore Tedesco, Executive Director Entering the lecture hall, a little girl looks up from her mother’s neck. She points a tiny, chubby finger at the mobile overhead, and chirps “birds, birds, birds”. Floating above are The Wetlands Institutes’ signature mobiles featuring hand-carved birds commonly spotted on the marsh and nearby shores....

A Newcomer Comes Home

by Devin Griffiths, Marketing & Communications Specialist Perhaps you’ve seen them soaring over Seven Mile Island, foraging within the verdant salt marsh grasses, or bathing in the freshwater pools nestled in the Avalon high dunes – exotic white birds, wings fringed in black, reddish bills strongly downcurved from base to tip in a graceful...

The Marhsketeers Close Out Another World Series of Birding

by Devin Griffiths, Marketing & Communications Specialist Saturday, May 14, 3:00 AM. Hours before sunrise, and The Marshketeers are already on the hunt. After two years of socially distant birding, The Wetlands Institute’s team of obsessed birders is finally back together and on the road, and for the next 24 hours they’ll be (with apologies...

Fellowship Program Provides Early Career Opportunities
in Research and Conservation

by Dr. Lisa Ferguson, Director of Research & Conservation   This summer we were able to hire another early career scientist, Gwyneth Daunton, thanks to the Jeannie Morris Graduate Fellowship program. As a Research Assistant, Gwyneth is gaining valuable field experience in Diamondback Terrapin ecology, as well as exposure to avian and...