Spotlights

Organization logo: silhouette of farm and marsh with heron in the foreground Native Plants for Wildlife Habitat Improvement in New Jersey’s New Jersey’s Coastal Plain Region (Cape Atlantic Conservation District)

This guide provides information for native plant species beneficial to wildlife of the Coastal Plain region of New Jersey. These plants can be used to help establish wildlife habitat areas on your property. The plants are listed in the categories of trees, shrubs and herbaceous plants. In addition, environmental parameters for the use of these plants are identified in terms of soil moisture conditions, light preference and plant characteristics. Most of the plants in this guide are readily available from the nurseries and garden centers in this region.

Organization logo: "SAVE Coastal Wildlife" in blue text with blue silhouette of horseshoe crab with text, "Education", "Restoration", "Research"  A Guide To Seals Along The Jersey Shore! (Save Coastal Wildlife)

The Jersey Shore is a seasonal home to several species of seals or pinnipeds during the late fall, winter, and early spring; sometimes even year-round as every so often a juvenile seal might be spotted during the summer. Seals are protected pursuant to the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972, meaning that it is illegal to harm or harass them.

Red banner in foreground with text "Rutgers Agricultural Experiment Station" with farm in the background Weathering The Storm: Increased Resiliency a Decade After Superstorm Sandy (September-November 2022/Rutgers University NJ Agricultural Experiment Station)

In recognition of the 10th anniversary of Superstorm Sandy, we pause to reflect and evaluate on how our state has become more resilient to environmental impacts, with an emphasis on storms and extreme weather. Join us for this webinar series as we learn from experts on how New Jersey has become more resilient.

Organization logo: text with grey silhouette of bird Union County Falcon Cam (Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey)

Conserve Wildlife Foundation of NJ has partnered with Union County to stream this falcon nest live from the roof of the County Courthouse in downtown Elizabeth, New Jersey!

Organization logo: white text on green background with white silhouette of leaf Grand Opening Tour Of the Historic Bonaparte Garden: Farming the Land with Seeds of History at Point Breeze (D&R Greenway Land Trust/Saturday, October 1, 2022 @ 2:00 p.m.)

D&R Greenway’s president and CEO Linda Mead invites the public to join D&R Greenway’s Garden Steward Lara Periard to celebrate the newly planted historic garden at Point Breeze and its first harvest season 

Black silhouette of a bat with text, "Wildlife Conservation and Management" Bat Colony Reporting (Rutgers University Wildlife Conservation & Management Program)

Since 2006, over 5.7 million bats have died from White Nose Syndrome, a devastating disease that destroys their wing tissue. Despite many inaccurate myths about bats, they are important providers of ecological services, particularly as insect pest managers. Please help us monitor bat populations in New Jersey by letting us know if you have an active bat colony on your property!

Organization logo: graphic of house on green hills by a river with a brown wheel in the foreground The Lenape (Millstone Valley National Scenic Byway)

For about six centuries during a period called the Late Woodland Period (ca. A.D. 1000 A.D. -1600) the entire region now identified with New Jersey, eastern Pennsylvania, southern New York, and the northern portions of Delaware and Maryland, was the homeland of the ancestral Lenape and related tribes. 

Organization logo: the letters RNC with white silhouettes of a hummingbird, leaf, and frog over blue, brown, and green backgrounds Brigantine Island Birding Field Trip (Rancocas Nature Center/Saturday, October 8 10:00 a.m.)

Spend the morning with experienced birder Bob Leifeste and Rancocas naturalist Mary Belko looking for shorebirds staging along the beaches of Brigantine Island. Large flocks can be seen sometimes at this time of year. 

 

Queen Nur Voices of Courage with Queen Nur - Black American Women of the Victorian Era (Sunday, September 18, 2022 @ 2:00 PM)

Queen Nur of New Jersey presents a collection of biographic vignettes highlighting outspoken African American women of the 19th Century, the period connecting the end of the American Revolution to the opening of the Wallace House as a museum 125 years ago. The Voices of Courage featured include Sojourner Truth, the activist embodying the Afro-Dutch heritage of old New Netherland in New York and New Jersey, alongside Harriet Tubman, Frances Ellen Watkins Harper, Ida B. Wells, Mary Church Terrell, and Mary McCleod Bethune. This one-woman performance explores themes of courage and fortitude while revealing each heroine’s oratory style and the fashion of the period.

Organization logo: stylized depiction of a bird in green Stream Assessment Training (Great Swamp Watershed Association/Saturday, September 17, 2022 at 9:30 a.m.)

Take a moment to really look at one of your local streams. At first glance, it may look completely fine. But to the trained eye, it could be a very different situation. How can you tell? This FREE, one-morning/two-part training session will show you how to gain a better understanding of stream health!

Organization Logo: Graphic of green hills with trees in foreground Edible Plant Walk at Yards Creek Preserve (The Land Conservancy of New Jersey/Friday, September 9, 2022 @ 6:00 p.m.)

Come stroll with local herbalist Reid Giacomarra as we look for native and non-native medicinal & edible plants of late summer! 

Organization Logo: green tree on a hill by a body of water The Challenge of Stormwater: What Public Officials & Local Leaders can do to Prevent Flood Disaster (New Jersey League of Conservation Voters/Wednesday, September 7, 2022 @ Noon)

New Jersey is already experiencing severe flooding, especially in low-lying and vulnerable parts of the State. Extreme weather events are becoming more frequent and widespread, and development compounds the volume of stormwater runoff, causing strains and failures of water infrastructure, such as combined sewer overflows into city streets and homes. It is imperative that we take action to protect our infrastructure, environment and people. This webinar will help equip municipal employees and local leaders with the knowledge and resources to mitigate flooding by utilizing stormwater utilities and green infrastructure.

Organization logo: green triangle with word "Groundwork" in blue and text "Changing Places, Changing Lives" Microforests for Macrosolutions (Groundwork Elizabeth/August 2022)

With support from the Climate Preparedness and Land Restoration Grant, Groundwork Elizabeth is collaborating with the City government and community groups to plant four microforests to address climate risks in formerly redlined neighborhoods and brownfield areas. 

Logo: silhouette of a lion with rainbow colors From Buzz to Chirps and Flashes: Creating a Garden Paradise for Pollinators (Belleville Public Library/Wednesday, August 24, 2022 @ 3:30 p.m.)

The Belleville Public Library is so excited to welcome Lourdes Osorio for live presentation. A passionate gardener for close to 30 years, Lourdes enjoys gardening not only for beauty but to provide an eco-friendly sanctuary for butterflies, bees, and other pollinators. 

Organization logo: stylized image of a drawn oyster shell Passaic Fish Weir Complex (The Public History Project)

Do you know about one of the oldest human-made structures in the Newark metropolitan area? Built by the Lenape people, the Passaic Fish Weir Complex was a series of at least sixteen low dams that once stretched over the lower twenty miles of the Passaic River to trap large quantities of shad fish. The weirs were in active use for millennia as well as through the early colonial time period. 

Organization logo: navy-colored circle with yellow hands holding a peacock Popcorn Park Animal Refuge Provides Sanctuary for Four New Big Cats (Associated Humane Societies, July 29, 2022)

On July 26, 2022 the Associated Humane Societies welcomed four new animals, two tigers and two lions, to the Popcorn Park Animal Refuge, commemorating the 45th Anniversary of providing sanctuary for exotics, wildlife, and farm animals in need.

Organization logo: landscape of hills, trees, and a river Butterfly Hike (New Jersey Conservation Foundation/Friday, August 12, 2022 @ 9:30 a.m.)

Join experts from the North American Butterfly Association as we walk the meadows of Bamboo Brook in search of late summer butterfly species!

Logo: sunflower with petals resembling yellow raised fists Library Seed Bank

Founded in 2014 by Jeff Quattrone, Library Seed Bank (LSB) changed the dynamics of free and open access to seeds by the public when he brought the concept of seed libraries to the southern New Jersey area. Seed libraries are collections of open-pollinated and heirloom seeds that are housed at public libraries, or any other public-facing entity. The seed packages are available for free to the public. 

Circular logo with flower at the center Seed Saving Workshop (Cranford Public Library/Wednesday, September 14, 2022 @ 7:00 p.m.)

Learn the basics of harvesting and germinating seeds! Jessica Miller, the founder of the Flagship Native Seed Library, will be sharing strategies for seed saving.

Organization Logo Wildflower Walk (New Jersey Botanical Garden/Saturday, August 13, 2022 @ 10:00 a.m.)

Join Darlene Nowak in checking out the many delightful flowers and ferns in the shady wooded wildflower garden!

Green circular logo with leafy branch in center Forest Mushrooms 101 (Essex County Environmental Center/Wednesday, August 31, 2022 @ 5:30 p.m.)

Fascinated by fungi? Explore the local forest for gilled, pored, ridged, and toothed mushrooms with
naturalist David Alexander. We’ll learn their anatomy and create whimsical, yet realistic air-dry clay replicas of what we find. 

Organization logo: dark green silhouette of bird flying over wooded marsh with kingfisher in foreground Evening Firefly Walk at Duke Farms (Friday, July 29, 2022 @ 7:30 p.m.)

Join a unique after hours walk to observe a favorite glowing summer insect, fireflies in their natural habitat! Discover the unusual characteristics of fireflies such as bioluminescence and why dark skies are a natural resource for many nocturnal critters.

Image of insect with wings of red & beige with black freckles Let’s Talk about Spotted Lanternflies (Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum/Tuesday, July 12, 2022 @ 10:00 a.m.)

While Spotted Lanternflies are not harmful to humans, they can greatly impact crops, trees, and quality of life in areas they infest. Join us to learn more about the Spotted Lanternfly and its damaging effects on the local environment.

Map of the Mid-Atlantic with dots indicating PFAS contamination EPA Warns That PFAS “Forever Chemicals” are up to 17,500 Times More Toxic Than Previously Known (Data-Driven Viewpoints, Friday, June 17, 2022)

The EPA recently warned that toxic ‘forever chemicals' used to make Teflon and many other consumer products are as much as 17,500 times more toxic than previously known.

Organization logo: green text in circle with graphic of 5 pine trees overlooking bridge & river Wild Edibles Information Walk (New Jersey School of Conservation: Saturday, July 2, 2022 @ 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.)

Jumpstart a foraging habit for your soups, stews, salads, pestos and fritters! Your program leader, Joanne White, will lead you on a hike to discuss and take photos of whatever is available in woods and meadow-like areas.