While Earth Day is Thursday, April 22, the American Littoral Society will mark the occasion with a series of events on and around that date in New York and New Jersey.
Events will range from a beach cleanup in Howard Beach, NY to a dune grass planting on Reeds Beach, near Cape May, NJ., as well as several sites in between.
Many of these events will involve volunteers and all will be outdoors. However, due to Covid restrictions in NJ and NY, group sizes are limited. In order to ensure our compliance with state restrictions, we are asking attendees to register online for in-person events.
Littoral Society staff and volunteers will follow all state-mandated COVID-19 safety protocols and ask that all volunteers wear a mask, keep six feet distance from other volunteers, and to please stay home if you or someone you have been in contact with are sick. Society staff reserves the right to ask volunteers who are not following these guidelines to leave immediately.
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The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) is seeking input from conservation groups, farmers, forest owners, and others on climate-smart agriculture and forestry strategy through an executive order that could impact many USDA programs, including the programs that support Delaware River Watershed Initiative (DRWI) projects and other water quality work.
The American Littoral Society is a partner in the DRWI, which unites more than fifty organizations and countless landowners working to protect forests and farms, clean up streams, and make our cities and suburbs greener. From the New Jersey Highlands to the Pine Barrens, Pennsylvania farm country to Philadelphia and the bay, the Delaware River Watershed Initiative is bringing people together to ensure swimmable, fishable, drinkable water for years to come.
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The remote beaches of New Jersey’s Delaware Bayshore are loved by wildlife and people humans. But human presence and activity on these beaches can scare migratory birds, disrupting feeding during their long flights to Artic breeding grounds.
As a result, from May 7 to June 7, several beaches along the New Jersey side of the Delaware Bay have restricted access during the day to allow for birds to forage with minimal disturbance from humans.
Trained Shorebird Stewards are stationed at each beach to inform the public about the incredible journey migratory shorebirds make every year and the importance of restricted access beaches.
However, you don’t need to be trained or volunteer your time at a Delaware Bay beach in order to be a good steward for shorebirds. You just need to understand how they fit into the ecosystem and follow a few common sense rules.