= a resouce of interest to N.J. residents
Share what you learn from our site with others. Send them our web address. Tell them about why they should support endangered species programs in their own area. SPREAD THE WORD!
Contribute to wildlife organizations - especially help with local organizations by giving your money AND your time as a volunteer member. If there is no local group, start one! Here are some groups to start with:
Garden State Environet
N.J. Audubon Society
Wild New Jersey
Birdhotline.com and and Birding on the Web
National Watchable Wildlife Program
The Nature Conservancy -
National Wildlife Federation
Endangered Species Coalition
One of the ENSP main funding sources is the proceeds from the sale of the Conserve Wildlife license plate. More than 25,000 NJ motorists have purchased wildlife plates for their vehicles. Eighty percent of the cost of the plates goes to toward the protection and management of endangered, threatened and nongame wildlife in New Jersey. It is a major funding source for the endangered program in NJ.
Go out and see the
wildlife in your area! In New Jersey you can visit any one
of the 87 viewing areas listed in the Wildlife Viewing
Guide. Check out the quick looks
at some sites on our Places
To See Wildlife
page This was the first major
project funded by license plate revenue. The New Jersey's
Wildlife Diversity Tours / Watchable Wildlife Program of the
ENSP established a network of regional viewing and area
tours to showcase the incredible natural resources that NJ
has to offer. It also helps to demonstrate the value of open
space conservation in preserving wildlife
Adopt a species! Your $15 contribution to the ENSP will get your a color decal of the species you adopt (shorebirds, bobcats, ospreys, herptiles) and put you or your group on the Conserve Wildlife Newsletter mailing list. Your contribution is used directly for a project that you designate.
SEND YOUR CONTRIBUTION TO: Endangered & Nongame Species Program, PO BOX 400, Trenton, NJ, 08625-0400 - - and tell them you found out about the program on our web site!
Go out and see the wildlife in your area! In New Jersey you can visit any one of the 87 viewing areas listed in the Wildlife Viewing Guide.
Check out the quick looks
at some sites on our Places
To See Wildlife
This was the first major project funded by license plate revenue. The New Jersey's Wildlife Diversity Tours / Watchable Wildlife Program of the ENSP established a network of regional viewing and area tours to showcase the incredible natural resources that NJ has to offer. It also helps to demonstrate the value of open space conservation in preserving wildlife populations.
Want to volunteer for the Herptile Atlas and Calling Amphibian Monitoring Program? Write to the NJ Division of Fish, Game & Wildlife, ENSP, 2201 County Route 631, Woodbine, NJ 08270 - or e-mail Eric Stiles at email@example.com
Don't release helium balloons that can end up in the ocean and be mistaken for jellyfish & other foods for turtles, whales and dolphins. Plastic bags and soda 6-pack rings are also dangerous plastic substances that people carelessly throw away on beaches.
"Adopt" an endangered species native to your area, find out how you can help conserve it, and inform the citizens in your community about your adopted animal.
The N.J. Wildlife Conservation Corps is always looking for help. You
can work with fish education at the Pequest Hatchery, band birds,
stock trout, be a speaker for the Endangered Nongame Species Program,
answer questions at the Pequest information desk, teach a class in
fly fishing, lead a hike - the possibilities are many.
More information on the web at http://www.state.nj.us/dep/fgw/wcchome.htm
Adopt a stream, wetland or watershed. Monitor water quality and plant and animal distribution.
When you file your NJ income tax, be sure to check off the box at the end of your return and contribute to the Endangered & Nongame Species Program. It is their major funding source. DID YOU KNOW THAT YOUR TAX DOLLARS ARE NOT USED TO PAY FOR THE PROGRAM?
Teaming with Wildlife (TWW) is a national campaign to prevent species from becoming endangered and to nurture a new generation of wildlife stewards by securing funding for state-level nongame wildlife conservation and related education and recreation programs. Support TWW by buying from manufacturers who participate and let other manufacturers and your Senators & Congresspersons know that you support the movement. A coalition of over 3,000 organizations and businesses support the need for such funding by officially endorsing Teaming with Wildlife. TWW originally proposed to fund these goals by extending the existing user fee on hunting and fishing gear to additional outdoor gear used by birders, hikers and other outdoor enthusiasts After many years of building support for this funding, Congress recently responded to the TWW coalition's call for action by introducing legislation in October 1998 to meet the goals of TWW with a different funding source. Known as the Conservation and Reinvestment Act, it would dedicate a portion of federal income from offshore oil and natural gas leases for a variety of purposes, including the goals of TWW. Teaming With Wildlife benefits Nature Tourism, Conservationists, Photographers, Backyard Wildlife Enthusiasts, Birders, Outdoor Recreationists, Hunters and Anglers, Benefits for Businesses, Paddlers, Local Communities, Agriculture and Urban Environments.
Participate in the Christmas bird
count, a birdathon, or in a Feeder Watch! For information
the National Audubon Society
- You can also participate in Audubon's
"Watch List 4 Kids".
Make a wildlife garden, butterfly garden, or bird watching area near your school or in your backyard to attract species. Set up bird feeders, bluebird nest boxes and other wildlife projects. If you are in a Scout group, make it a group project. You can provide food, water, shelter and privacy.
Be careful when you (or your parents) are driving along highways where wildlife may be present. Collisions with cars and trucks are a major problem in certain areas for endangered species - in New Jersey raptors such as the Bald eagle, turtles, salamanders and others are in danger. In other states, animals such as the Florida black bears, Florida panthers, desert tortoises, gray wolves, Key deer, American crocodiles, indigo snakes, Houston toads, red-cockaded woodpeckers, brown pelicans, and many more die on highways. For example, around 65 percent of Florida panther and Florida black bear deaths are related to highway accidents.