The Turkey Swamp Wildlife Management Area (WMA) is located on the northern fringe of the New Jersey pine barrens, a few miles south of Freehold. This site includes the Burke Road Superfund site (a large grassy area), 2455 acres of the state-owned WMA and the adjacent privately-owned lands.

Ornithological Summary

Regional Responsibility Species - BCR 30 Mixed Upland Forest: Wood Thrush, Scarlet Tanager, Yellow-throated Vireo, Whip-poor-will, Great Crested Flycatcher, Baltimore Oriole, Northern Flicker, Black-and-white Warbler, Eastern Wood-Pewee, Broad-wing Hawk, Wild Turkey, Louisiana Waterthrush, Acadian Flycatcher, Gray Catbird, Carolina Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse, Blue Jay, Common Grackle (B)

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

Conservation Issues

Overabundant white-tailed deer are degrading habitat and suppressing forest regeneration by over-grazing. The problem is partially controlled with an existing deer management program which allows removal of deer by hunters. Direct loss of habitat is another threat as unprotected habitats are rapidly being developed. Lands adjacent to the WMA should be acquired or protected as parcels become available.


New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife
Bureau of Land Management
P.O. Box 400
Trenton, NJ


Upland pine-oak forest with lowlands and old fields

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