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Personnel from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, in assistance with interagency partners, are scheduled to conduct a prescribed burn on Cape May National Wildlife Refuge land between Jan. 21-23, depending on weather and site conditions.

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After a thorough assessment of the monarch butterfly’s status, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) has found that adding the monarch butterfly to the list of threatened and endangered species is warranted but precluded by work on higher-priority listing actions.

Gov. Phil Murphy Oct. 5 announced that the New Jersey Fish and Game Council has proposed changes to the state’s Game Code that would end bear hunting, in New Jersey, after 2020.

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As shore area restaurants and shops faced challenges through the summer of COVID-19, those in Avalon, Stone Harbor, and Cape May dealt with the added complication of local ordinances limiting the use of single-use plastics.

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Wildlife biologists and researchers are watching the skies for the southbound flight of the state-endangered red knots, and will be collecting data on those that stop in the area before the birds head to the southern tip of South America for the spring and summer.

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A drive down waterside Route 47, a trek down a Dennis Township hiking trail, and a trip down Jake’s Landing Road, a skinny road with open-sky views of the surrounding marshes, tell the same story: there is death, and new life, rising with the seawater.

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New federal rules took effect June 22, defining what falls under the protection of the federal Clean Water Act.

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Cape May County, with its close proximity to seawater and reliance on the ocean for much of its economy, will feel the effects of climate change and the ensuing seawater rise more heavily than most of the nation.

As the phased reopening of New Jersey continues amid the COVID-19 pandemic and warming weather, the Department of Environmental Protection reminds the public that controlling the mosquito population and risk for disease is more important than ever, Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe stated.

The beach from JFK Boulevard to 40th Street is closed to the public while dune reconstruction work is performed. The public is asked to use alternate beaches.

With the completion of the Route 52 Causeway, in 2013, the latest to connect Ocean City to Somers Point, the inclusion of a wide pedestrian and bicycle route along the south side opened new routes and new vistas.

Lisa Schroeder has given workshops on making rain barrels, but they usually include a hands-on element that was impossible May 27.

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection June 1 officially published its adoption of stringent, health-based drinking water standards for perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctane sulfonic acid (PFOS), chemicals that are extremely persistent in the environment and have been linked to various health problems in people.

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Early indications are that numbers are down for horseshoe crabs spawning along the Delaware Bay beaches and also for Red Knots, who feast on horseshoe crab eggs before completing their 9,000-mile trek to breed in the Arctic tundra.

Swimming at state-owned ocean and lake beaches this weekend will remain closed, but visitors are welcome to enjoy passive recreation while maintaining a 6-foot social distance from others and wearing face masks or coverings, Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe announced May 23.

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection announced May 21 that it has developed a color-coded health alert index to provide the public with strong and clear guidance on suitable recreational activities in freshwater lakes and other water bodies impacted by harmful algal blooms, also known as HABs.

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It may seem like the world has been turned upside down. OK, it has. In the course of weeks, the once impossible has become commonplace, as the unprecedented efforts to curtail the spread of COVID-19 have become part of daily life.