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Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 9/24/1997
This is the Voice of NJ Audubon for Wed Sep 24 with reports of AVOCET, BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER, RED-NECKED PHALAROPE, WILSON'S PHALAROPE, BLACK TERN, CURLEW SANDPIPER, YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD, seasonal and local reports and two conservation announcements on the horseshoe crab hearing and the Endangered Species Act following the reports.

Brig this week had 3 AVOCETS, BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPERS, 3 GOLDEN PLOVER, 3 WILSON'S PHALAROPE, one RED-NECKED PHALAROPE, CURLEW SANDPIPER, BLACK TERN, YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD and 22 SHOREBIRDS for the week. The GOLDEN PLOVER and WILSON'S PHALAROPE have been at the SE corner of the E pool.

BROWN PELICANS are at Tucker's Island at the end of Great Bay Blvd. Five RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS (ad. & imm.) were in the dead trees next to the Great Blue Heronry on Pleasant Plains Road in Great Swamp Sep 22.

Sandy Hook Sat-Mon, Sep 20-22 averaged 12 warbler spp/day, with PHILADELPHIA VIREO Sep 20-21, and RED-HEADED WOODPECKER, DICKCISSEL and YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER Sep 22.

A WILD TURKEY was seen at Liberty State Park near the Ellis Island Bridge, a Hudson County first.

A CONNECTICUT WARBLER was at the Somerset Env. Center in Basking Ridge in the golden rod field Sep 22. Migrants in Tewksbury this week included WINTER WREN, PHILADELPHIA VIREO, YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER and LINCOLN'S SPARROW. Chimney Rock this week had 21 BALD EAGLES.

The Marine Fisheries Council vote on the horseshoe crab rule proposal will be at Brig Headquarters Thurs Sep 25 4-7 p.m. Come and support the proposed rules, which will limit crab take to hand catch only in May and June, Tue and Thurs only, with a bag limit. No boat catch permitted. The rules protect the crab and shorebirds.

The Senate Endangered Species Act, S. 1180, is on a fast track with strong backing, but it weakens endangered species protection and is not supported by the National Endangered Species Coalition nor by NJAS. It weakens or removes Fish and Wildlife Service input on actions that jeopardize endangered species, allows exemptions from the Act at the Secretary's discretion, and weakens critical habit designation and revovery plans for endangered species. Please call Senator Lautenberg at 202-224-4744 and ask him not to support this bill.

The Endangered Species Coalition and NJAS support HR 2351, the Endangered Species Recovery Act(ESRA). This is a good ESA bill with strengthening features on candidate species, recovery plans and Fish and Wildlife Service input. Please also call your House member at 1-800-972-3524 or write your House member at House of Representatives, Wash DC 20515 and ask your House member to support ESRA, HR 2351.

THE VOICE OF NJ AUDUBON is a weekly report on birding in New Jersey. Sponsored by New Jersey Audubon Society, the tape/web page changes Wednesday. To report birds to the tape, call (908) 766-5787, or fax (908) 766-7775. After hours calls can be routed to the voice-mail box at ext. 18. For updates between tapes call the NJ Audubon Bird Mailbox, (908) 647-2357. Good birding, and thank you for calling/faxing/surfing.

 
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