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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 Namesort descending Status Priority Counties IBA Criteria
Pole Farm Recognized State Mercer D1, D3
Rancocas Creek Recognized State Burlington D1, D4ii
Raritan Bay & Southern Shore Recognized State Monmouth D1, D3, D4i, D4ii
Rockport Marsh Recognized State Sussex D1
Round Valley Recreation Area Recognized State Hunterdon D1, D4i, D4iv
Sandy Hook/ Gateway National Recreation Area Recognized Global Monmouth D1, D3, D4ii, D4v, D4vii
Shark River Recognized State Monmouth D1, D4ii
Sourland Mountain Region Recognized Continental Hunterdon, Mercer, Somerset B3, D3, D4vii, D5
Southern Pine Barrens Recognized Continental Atlantic, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester B3
Sparta Mountain Wildlife Management Area Recognized State Sussex D1, D3, D4vii
Stokes State Forest and High Point State Park Recognized Continental Sussex B3, D1, D3, D4vi
Supawna Meadows National Wildlife Refuge Recognized State Salem D1, D3, D4ii, D4iii
Turkey Swamp Wildlife Management Area Recognized State Monmouth D3, D4vii
Upper Freehold Grasslands Recognized State Monmouth D3
Vernon Valley Grasslands/Pochuck Marsh Recognized State Sussex D1, D3, D4vii
Wallkill River National Wildlife Refuge Recognized State Sussex D1, D3, D4i, D5
Walpack Valley Recognized Continental Sussex B3, D1, D3, D4i
Wantage Grasslands Recognized State Sussex D1
Wawayanda Mountain Recognized Continental Sussex B3, D1, D3, D4vi
Wharton State Forest Recognized Continental Atlantic, Burlington, Camden B3, D1, D3, D4i, D4vii

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