Important Bird Areas

North Brigantine Natural Area

New Jersey

North Brigantine Natural Area boasts a rarity along New Jersey?s Atlantic coast: approximately 2.5 miles of undeveloped beach. Located between the city of Brigantine and Brigantine Inlet, the site is composed of primary to mature dunes, maritime forest and tidal marsh. The site has been designated as a Natural Heritage Priority Site by New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.

Ornithological Summary

Conservation Concern - State-endangered: Bald Eagle (B)

Conservation Concern ? Federally-threatened; State-endangered: Piping Plover (B)

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

Conservation Concern - State-endangered: Red Knot (SM)

Regional Responsibility Species - BCR 30 Beach/Dune: American Oystercatcher, Piping Plover (B)

Significant Congregations-Exceptional Single Species Concentration: American Oystercatcher (W)

Significant Congregations-Exceptional Single Species Concentration: Red Knot (FM)

Significant Migrant Stopover/Flyover-Shorebirds (FM)

Long-term Research/Monitoring: Piping Plover

Conservation Issues

Disturbance from motor vehicles continues to threaten birds at this IBA. NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife?s Endangered and Nongame Species Program temporarily closes part of the beach to vehicles during the Piping Plover?s breeding season. The closure usually coincides with the beginning of fall shorebird migration allowing migrant shorebirds ample feeding and resting areas. When the beach is open to vehicles, birds are subject to the possibility of continual disturbance. Consequently, flocks of shorebirds often retreat to Little Beach, an undeveloped barrier island to the north, which may have fewer feeding opportunities and less resting habitat. Flooding can also be a problem for Piping Plovers during the breeding season as the high water regularly destroys nests.

Ownership

Owned by: NJDEP- Division of Parks and Forestry
Office of Natural Land Management
P.O. Box 404
Trenton, NJ
08625-0404 Phone: (609)984-1339
E-mail: NatLands@dep.state.nj.us

Habitat

Beach/dune habitat backed by extensive maritime forest and tidal marsh

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