Important Bird Areas

Palmyra Cove Nature Park

New Jersey

The 250 acre Palmyra Cove Nature Park is located adjacent to the Delaware River just under the Tacony-Palmyra Bridge. The site is owned by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection?s (NJDEP) Bureau of Tidelands Management. Although Palmyra Cove Nature Park remains an active dredge spoil site, infrequent use has allowed the site to revert to wetland and forest habitat. The Burlington County Bridge Commission currently manages the site to preserve the area?s natural resources and provide environmental education and recreational opportunities.

Ornithological Summary

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

Conservation Concern ? State-endangered: Pied-billed Grebe (B)

Regional Responsibility Species - BCR 30 Mixed Upland Forest: Wood Thrush, Great-crested Flycatcher, Baltimore Oriole, Northern Flicker, Acadian Flycatcher, Gray Catbird, Carolina Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse, Common Grackle, Blue Jay, Eastern Wood-pewee (B)

Significant Congregations - Exceptional Diversity (SM,FM)

Significant Migrant Stopover/Flyover-Landbirds (SM, FM)

Conservation Issues

The Park?s long history of disturbance has contributed to the establishment of several invasive plant species including the common reed (Phragmites australis), Japanese knotweed (Polygonum cuspidatum), Japanese hops (Humulus japonicus), Chinese lespedeza (Lespedeza cuneata) and field-garlic (Allium vineale). Palmyra Cove has received grants from the US Environmental Protection Agency and the US Department of Agriculture?s Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program to eradicate invasive plants and remediate some of the wetland areas. Staff of Palmyra Cove is also working to control the Park?s deer population, responsible for limiting plant regeneration and growth. In 2007, Delaware River Keeper, NJ Audubon Society, Cove Action Network, Friends of Palmyra Cove, Inc. and park supporters advocated against the deposition of dredge spoil sediment by the US Army Corps of Engineers (ACE) on 70 acres of the Park. As a result of the wide-spread opposition, NJDEP and ACE agreed to limit deposition to a 20 acre area. Supporters are now pursuing a conservation easement to protect the remaining habitats of Palmyra Cove Nature Park

Ownership

Owned By: New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Bureau of Tidelands Management

Contact: Tidelands Resource Council
P.O. Box 439
Trenton, NJ
08625-0439

Phone: (609) 292-1932

Habitat

Tidal wetland and deciduous woods