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Osprey chick

Think before releasing balloons: Osprey tangled 35-feet up rescued at Shore

FRANK KUMMER / PHILLY.COM - Ben Wurst was at a meeting on Sedge Island, just off Island Beach Park on Barnegat Bay, on Tuesday when a coworker walked [go to article]
Diamondback terrapin turtle

Here’s how N.J.’s turtles fit in the multi-billion dollar illegal wildlife trade

MICHAEL SOL WARREN / NJ.COM - What's a turtle worth, anyway? On the black market, a single turtle of the right species can pull in hundreds or even thousands of dollars [go to article]
Bog turtle

Meet New Jersey’s official reptile, the bog turtle

MICHELE S. BYERS / NJ CONSERVATION FOUNDATION - In 1974, reptile researcher Robert Zappalorti captured a female bog turtle in a Sussex County swamp [go to article]

3,000 birds and counting for ‘bluebird grandfather’

MICHELE S. BYERS / NJCF - Bluebirds have been a symbol of happiness for thousands of years and across many cultures. With their brilliant blue plumage and flash of red [go to article]
monarch butterflies, new jersey wildlife

Monarch butterfly migration was off this year and researchers are worried

JOE TREZZA / WASHINGTON POST - Thanksgiving was right around the corner, and a sizable number of one of America’s most famous migrants could be seen still sputtering [go to article]
New Jersey Meadowlands

From dumps to doves, how cleanup efforts transformed the Meadowlands into a bird sanctuary

SCOTT FALLON / NORTHJERSEY.COM - Chris Takacs was convinced the Meadowlands had begun to recover from a century of environmental abuse when he spotted [go to article]
Red knots and Horseshoe crabs, Delaware Bay

“Barely enough” horseshoe crab eggs for arriving red knots

MICHELLE BRUNETTI POST / PRESS OF ATLANTIC CITY - In the first week of the red knot stopover on Delaware Bay, there were just enough horseshoe crab eggs [go to article]
Red Knot banding, New Jersey wildlife

Red knot population down in wintering grounds

MICHELLE BRUNETTI POST / PRESS OF ATLANTIC CITY - The population of threatened red knots declined substantially at the birds' wintering grounds in Chile [go to article]
Horseshoe crab

The last days of the blue-blood harvest

SARAH ZHANG / THE ATLANTIC - Horseshoe crabs are sometimes called “living fossils” because they have been around in some form for more than 450 million years [go to article]
black bear

Opinion: For Jersey bears, a new sheriff in town

SUSAN E. RUSSELL / NORTHJERSEY.COM - The 25-pound bear cub whose small, gutted body lay near the hunters’ weigh station didn’t make it to the end [go to article]

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