Saturday May 6, 2017
The Land Conservancy of New Jersey has participated in World Series of Birding for the past 20 years. The event, sponsored by the New Jersey Audubon Society, is held yearly in May. This momentous birding event helps focus attention on New Jersey’s strategic importance to migrating birds and helps organizations like The Land Conservancy raise money to protect natural habitat.
The Land Conservancy of New Jersey’s 2016 birding team, The Highlands Hawks, had a most successful “Big Day” last year. The team spotted 146 species! Thanks to their tireless work, over $13,000 was raised through pledges made. These generous donations from our members and friends will allow us to continue our efforts to preserve open space lands and protect water resources in New Jersey
“We ended up with 146 species with Piping Plover being the last new addition at Stone Harbor Point after an hour-long thunderstorm. Our favorite moments came when we got to watch the shorebird banding crew in action at Reeds Beach. They even let us handle a few Red Knots and Sanderlings as well. We picked up Red Knot, Sanderling, Ruddy Turnstone, Dunlin, Spotted Sandpiper, and our only Surf Scoters, Black Scoters, and Ring-billed Gull for the day while there,” said Stephen Kloiber of The Highlands Hawks.
The money raised will be used to help The Land Conservancy continue its efforts to preserve open space lands and protect water resources in New Jersey.