Endangered birds may be evicted from Atlantic City airport

Upland Sandpiper

AVALON ZOPPO / PRESS OF ATLANTIC CITY – For 15 years, two state-protected bird species have called Atlantic City International Airport home: the endangered upland sandpiper and the threatened grasshopper sparrow.

There are only five pairs of the former in the state, and few spots in South Jersey where they can be reintroduced.

But soon, they may be looking for another place to live. The South Jersey Transportation Authority wants to mow the tall 290-acre grassland area that’s been maintained for them inside the airport’s boundaries and establish a new conservation site for the birds elsewhere in the Pinelands …

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