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New Jersey IBA Contact

Jean Lynch

New Jersey IBAs by Type

IBA Priority Number Acres
Global 7 320,183
Continental 24 2,113,513
State 92 1,374,556
Total 123 3,808,252

New Jersey Audubon Society, working closely with the New Jersey Endangered and Non-game Species Program and the National Audubon Society, has expanded the IBA initiative in NJ with the Important Bird and Birding Area (IBBA) Program. This program identifies areas that provide essential habitats for sustaining bird populations (Bird Areas) as well as areas that are exceptional for bird watching (Birding Areas). The objectives of the NJ IBBA Program include: ? Identification of a network of sites that will help sustain naturally occurring populations of birds in NJ and sites that are exceptional for bird watching. ? Ensuring the continued viability of these areas through conservation and ecotourism efforts. ? Raising public awareness of the value of habitat for birds and other native wildlife. ? Generating increased support for conservation by educating private industry, landowners, and other stakeholders about the economic and educational value of birdwatching. Following a rigourous nomination and review period, NJ?s IBBA Program now recognizes over 120 IBAs throughout the state. These sites represent a variety of different habitat types and support a wide range of breeding, wintering and migrating species of birds. NJAS has established a great many partnerships with key stakeholders, including members of governmental agencies, conservation organizations, educational institutions, local communities and private landowners, to implement habitat conservation strategies at IBAs. An integral component of NJAS? conservation efforts includes habitat conservation and forest stewardship workshops through which NJAS connects private landowners with voluntary incentive programs that can assist them with implemenation of conservation practices. This approach brings a broad constituency together in a spirit of partnership that will ensure the successful conservation of IBAs. NJAS has also begun implementing citizen science monitoring at IBAs. Data collection will contribute to a growing site-specific avian and habitat database. Citizen scientist monitoring will also allow us to assess the impacts of various conservation strategies on birds and other wildlife. The incorporation of research into conservation action is vital to achieving effective conservation.

Site Name Statussort descending Priority Counties IBA Criteria
Higbee Beach Wildlife Management Area Identified State Cape May D1, D3, D4v, D4vi, D4vii
Walpack Valley Recognized Continental Sussex B3, D1, D3, D4i
Supawna Meadows National Wildlife Refuge Recognized State Salem D1, D3, D4ii, D4iii
Pole Farm Recognized State Mercer D1, D3
Parvin State Park Recognized State Salem D3, D4vii
Mad Horse Creek and Abbots Meadow Wildlife Management Areas/Stowe Creek Recognized State Salem D1, D3
Mannington Meadows Recognized State Salem D1, D3, D4i, D4ii, D4iii, D5
Burden Hill Recognized Continental Salem B3, D1, D4vii
Oldmans, Raccoon, Birch Creeks and Pedricktown Region Recognized State Gloucester, Salem D1, D3, D4ii
Mantua, Woodbury and Big Timber Creeks Recognized State Camden, Gloucester D1, D4ii
National Park Dredge Spoils Recognized State Gloucester D1
Wharton State Forest Recognized Continental Atlantic, Burlington, Camden B3, D1, D3, D4i, D4vii
Bass River Marsh Recognized Global Burlington, Ocean B3, D1, D3
Mullica River Corridor Recognized Continental Atlantic, Burlington B3, D1, D3, D4vii
Atlantic City Airport Recognized State Atlantic D1
Greenwood Forest/Pasadena Wildlife Management Area Recognized Continental Burlington, Ocean B3, D1, D3
Franklin Parker Preserve Recognized Continental Burlington B3, D1, D3, D4vii
Peaslee Wildlife Management Area Recognized Continental Atlantic, Cumberland B3, D1, D3, D4vii
Buckshutem Wildlife Management Area Recognized Continental Cumberland B3, D1, D3, D4vii
Fishing Creek Marsh Recognized State Cape May D1, D3, D4vi, D4vii

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