Important Bird Areas

Lester G. MacNamara (Tuckahoe) Wildlife Management Area

New Jersey

The Lester G. MacNamara Wildlife Management Area (WMA), formerly the Tuckahoe WMA, straddles Atlantic and Cape May Counties in southern New Jersey. It is bordered by the Great Egg Harbor River to the northeast and is intersected by the Middle and Tuckahoe Rivers. This site is composed of a diversity of habitats including extensive tidal salt marsh, mixed upland forest, and freshwater rivers and impoundments. The site includes the Tuckahoe Corbin Salt Marsh Natural Heritage Priority Macrosite, designated by NJ Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) as some of the state?s most significant natural areas.

Ornithological Summary

Conservation Concern - State-endangered: Peregrine Falcon (B)

Conservation Concern - State-endangered: Northern Harrier (B)

Conservation Concern - State-threatened: King Rail (B)

Conservation Concern - State-special Concern: Short-eared Owl (W)

Conservation Concern - State-special Concern: Least Bittern (B)

Regional Responsibility Species - BCR 30 Shrub-scrub:Pine Warbler, Eastern Towhee, Brown Thrasher, Eastern Wood-Pewee (B)

Regional Responsibility Species - BCR 30 Mixed Upland Forest: Wood Thrush, Black-and-white Warbler, Eastern Wood-Pewee, Acadian Flycatcher, Gray Catbird, Carolina Chickadee (B)

Regional Responsibility Species - BCR 30 Salt Marsh/Wetland: American Black Duck, Seaside Sparrow, Clapper Rail, Marsh Wren, Virginia Rail, Willet, Osprey (B)

Conservation Issues

Major threats include the establishment of the invasive common reed (Phragmites australis), a non-indigenous Mute Swan population and nonpoint source pollution from the expanding development adjacent to the WMA. Protection and restoration of privately-owned lands can be achieved by prioritizing parcels for acquisition and by promoting habitat incentive programs that reward landowners for implementing restoration projects on their property. Restoration of riparian habitat and agricultural lands adjacent to rivers can reduce the impact of nonpoint source pollution such as runoff from septic systems, lawns and gardens. In 2003, the US Fish and Wildlife Service partnered with the NJDEP?s Division of Fish and Wildlife, Ducks Unlimited and the Cape May County Mosquito Extermination Commission to restore approximately 2200 acres of tidal marsh. This four-year project employed a combination of mechanical and chemical methods, including hydrological modifications, spraying and prescribed burning, to reduce the common reed by over 90%.

Ownership

Owned by:NJDEP Office of Natural Lands

Tony Petrongolo, Chief of Lands Mgmt.

PO Box 400

Trenton, NJ

E-mail: tony.petrongolo@dep.state.nj.us

Habitat

Primarily tidal wetland with mixed upland forest

Land Use

Site is primarily a natural area.