Backyard Habitat

Cape Island Community Habitat Project.

We have initiated a project to certify Cape Island as a Community Habitat, and we need your help.  Let's face it; local wildlife need all they help they can get.  Any backyard, regardless of size, can be certified and provide critical food, shelter or water for one or more NJ endangered/threatened species that rely on Cape Island for nesting or as a stopover during their migration. 

This project is endorsed by the City of Cape May Environmental Commission.

Cape Island is located at the very southern tip of New Jersey and separated from the mainland by the Inter Coastal Waterway. Cape Island consists of four communities: Cape May, West Cape May, Cape May Point and part of Lower Township. Cape May is known for its beaches, quaint historic city and commercial fishing. Cape May also receives national and global recognition as one of the top places in the world for bird watching

 All of Cape May County is located in the Atlantic Flyway. Cape Island is the tip of the Cape May Peninsula and surrounded by water. Its location funnels birds during migration and the habitats are critical for these birds to find food and to rest. Cape May is well-recognized as a critical stopover site for major concentrations of spring and fall migrants. Click here for a list of NJ endangered/threatened species that nest in or migrate thru Cape Island.

Dominant habitats on Cape Island include Beach/dune, tidal salt marsh, small forested tracts, scrub-shrub habitat

The Cape Island commuinty faces several major challenges, including pressure from development, habitat management on private lands,  loss of early successional habitat and establishment of invasive species.

Click here for information on how to begin certify your backyard thru National Wildlife Federation, and help the Cape Island Community Habitat Project.

New Jersey Audubon (NJA) is proud to be the New Jersey affiliate of National Wildlife Federation, and enthusiastically supports gardening for wildlife and the NWF "Certify a Habitat" program.