Each year, 15,000 acres of New Jersey are converted from agricultural or forest lands for other uses. Unforturnately, conventional development substantially reduces the benefit of these lands for native wildlife. While the our Conservation Department is working constantly to help preserve and improve larger tracts of land, NJA encourages each individual citizen and property owner, regardless of property size, to provide for the stewardship of their property to help preserve our diminishing plant and wildlife species.
In just a few easy steps, you can turn your backyard, balcony or patch of grass into a habitat for wildlife.
For many years, NJA has promoted the development and maintenance of backyard habitats. Our current educational efforts focus not only on individual yards, but also on other properties such as schoolyards and businesses where humans and wildlife may coexist. In these pages, we provide information that has been gathered by naturalists, researchers, and backyard habitat enthusiasts. We hope that you will find this information useful as you work to create and maintain the property entrusted to you - both for your enjoyment and for the benefit of wildlife.
New Jersey Audubon (NJA) is proud to be the New Jersey affiliate of National Wildlife Federation, and enthusiastically supports gardening for wildlife.