Meadowlands bird study
January 30, 2008
I have a story in today's Record about bird populations in the Meadowlands, with a surprise or two.
More than 60 percent of the state's endangered or threatened bird species are in the Meadowlands at some point during the year -- a reminder of how valuable these essentially urban wetlands are.
Amazing area, to say the least. Saw more than 100 canvasbacks there yesterday, and a few typically skittish hooded mergansers -- plus two long-eared owls.
The long-eared owls, alas, were unphotographable.
The Meadowlands Commission commissioned the NJ Audubon study so that they have baseline data for marsh restoration. The idea is to restore marshes in a way that will increase bird diversity and populations.