Kids will make beautiful flags like these at the Honor Your Mother Art Show and Sale, today at Littoral Society HQ from 1-5 p.m.
Every Day is Earth Day at the American Littoral Society.
We also believe it is important to do something special on April 22, which is Earth Day every year. If you're looking for some special way to mark the occasion, let us make a few suggestions.
The American Littoral Society is hosting two great events and we need your help! Please sign up below to volunteer for the Green-up Bridgeton Litter Clean-up and the Upper Deerfield School Rain Garden Planting.
The event in Bridgeton, NJ will take place on Saturday, April 29 from 8 a.m. to noon. The Upper Deerfield rain garden planting is scheduled for Saturday, May 6 from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The American Littoral Society, with the NJ League of Conservation Voters and other partners, is sponsoring a bus trip to The People's Climate March on DC. Join us in sending the message that the people of the United States have a right to clean air and clean water. Protecting the health of our children and families from pollution shouldn’t be open for debate.
The march is on Saturday, April 29 and the bus will be picking up our allies at multiple locations in New Jersey starting at 6 a.m. Expected return time is midnight.
The federal budget proposal from the Trump administration will be disastrous for the coastal environment and ocean dependent economy in the United States. Funding cuts across a swath of public service agencies would kill jobs, harm the economy, and make even going to the beach a risky activity.
Documents outlining the 2018 federal budget show that the plan is to cut every single federal program that helps to protect, manage, and improve our coastal and estuarine areas — and your quality of life. If carried out, these programs — which protect the environment and millions of jobs — will be eliminated or have their funding cut so severely they will be rendered ineffective.
You can help turn this around!
How? Here are two ways.
1) Please contact your elected federal officials and tell them you oppose this assault on environmental protection.
Find your Representatives and Senators, along with their office numbers, here.
It is best to call both the local district and Washington DC offices.
2) Please help support the American Littoral Society so we can continue to protect the coast for you and future generations, and are able to speak out on behalf of the coast and you on issues like this.
READ MORE for a guide for calling your elected official and additional information on this issue.
An alewife (Alosa pseudoharengus)
During the last week of March, American Littoral Society restoration staff recorded the first recapture of a returning alewife to Wreck Pond in Spring Lake, NJ.
Fish 576 (aka Samantha) was first caught in our fyke net on April 23 of last year. She was subsequently measured, weighed, and fit with a PIT (Passive Integrated Transponder) tag. Her location was last recorded on May 24, 2016, passing by our tag antenna at the outfall pipe as she left the Wreck Pond watershed for the Atlantic Ocean where she spent the past 10 months.
On Saturday, March 25, 2017, Samantha sauntered past the tag antenna located near the Rt. 71 Bridge. It was heartening to see that Samantha survived the past year in the ocean and has once again returned to Wreck Pond to spawn. After all, the Society led the multi-million restoration project at Wreck Pond to ensure fish such as Samantha have a home to which they can return each year.
The latest issue of the American Littoral Society's biannual magazine just came off the press and will be mailed to our members in the coming days.
The Underwater Naturalist is just one benefit of membership in the Littoral Society. If you are not a member of the society join now and we will mail you a copy of this latest magazine.
Looking for that special present for mom? Visit the American Littoral Society's Honor Your Mother Art Show and sale to pick the perfect gift and support coastal conservation.
The event will be held on Saturday, April 22 from 1-5 p.m. at Littoral Society headquarters, which is Building 18 of Officers Row, in the Fort Hancock section of Sandy Hook. (MAP.)
With spring finally upon us, those of us at Conserve Wildlife Foundation and the American Littoral Society are getting ready for a busy season at Delaware Bay. Over the next few weeks we’ll be highlighting our New Jersey’s Hidden Coast series that we recently released to highlight the importance of conserving this unique ecosystem.
Our first episode of New Jersey’s Hidden Coast discusses the significance of the Delaware Bayshore to a variety of species and introduces us to the grassroots efforts of a community to preserve it. Specifically, this episode focuses on the importance of the relationship between Delaware Bay, horseshoe crabs and a migratory shorebird known as the red knot.
Find more videos from the Littoral Society and Conserve Wildlife Foundation on our video page.
It's not just a fun run, it's a family-friendly affair, at an amazing location, that is followed by good food from a great restaurant. All to support an important cause -- the American Littoral Society's efforts to care for the coast.
The 2nd Annual Lobster Run/Walk to Care for the Coast will be held on Saturday, April 15 at 9 a.m. on the Asbury Park, NJ boardwalk. Once again the Society will partner with Langosta Lounge and Split Second Racing for this fulfilling event.
The run/walk will be followed by an optional after-party at the relaxing Langosta Lounge, and feature a menu developed especially for the occasion. Participants can sign-up for food, the run or a combo of both. Proceeds from the event will benefit the American Littoral Society, a 501c3 charity based at Sandy Hook, NJ that has been protecting and restoring the coast since 1961. Those who can't run or want to do more for the cause can fundraise or make a donation through the event registration page.
First Osprey of 2017 at Gateway National Recreation Area's Sandy Hook Unit.
An annual rite of spring on Sandy Hook is the return of Ospreys. Late last week reports came in of the first arrival taking up residence in a nest atop a chimney on the old officer’s club in the Fort Hancock section of Gateway National Recreation Unit. Only one bird was visible during a visit on Friday.
The osprey, also known as the “fish hawk,” is one of New Jersey’s largest raptors. They are well known and highly visible along coastal marshes.
Ospreys return here each year to mate and raise young, returning from wintering areas in northern South America and the Caribbean. Older more experienced birds arrive first, especially males.