The Atlantic City Airport is a mix of commercial airport operations and natural habitats. Apart from the property devoted directly to airport operations, the site has a large expanse of grassland habitat and areas of scrub-shrub and mixed upland forest. The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection designated this site a Natural Heritage Priority Site for harboring some of NJ?s most significant habitats.

Ornithological Summary

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

Conservation Concern ? State-endangered: Upland Sandpiper(B)

Conservation Concern ? State-threatened: Grasshopper Sparrow(B)

Conservation Issues

NJAS has been a key player in the coordination of restoration plans for a 290 acre Grassland Conservation and Management Area at the Atlantic City Airport. Restoration activities have included shrub removal and native grass restoration to enhance habitat for breeding grassland birds. Fire is a component of the plan to control the invasive plant, Chinese lespedeza (Lespedeza cuneata), which outcompetes native grassland plants. Grassland bird surveys are conducted regularly to assess the effectiveness of these management strategies. Additional restoration efforts will create habitat for the frosted elfin butterfly. As a fully operational airport, bird collisions and the potential for operation expansion continue to threaten the integrity of the site.

Ownership

South Jersey Transit Authority
Airport Administration
108 Atlantic City Intl.
Suite 106
Egg Harbor Township, NJ
08234 Phone: (609) 641-3833

Habitat

Grassland; small areas of shrub-scrub and mixed woods

Land Use

The site is an active airport surrounded by natural areas.

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