Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 9/3/1997
This is the Voice of NJ Audubon for Sept. 3 with reports of terns, shorebirds, seasonal arrivals, local reports and an important conservation announcement on the new horseshoe crab regulatory proposal following the reports.

A SANDWICH TERN was in Bunker Pond, Cape May Point State Park Aug. 26 and a BLACK TERN was at Stone Harbor Pt. A MARBLED GODWIT was at the Shellpile off Ocean Drive Aug. 26. BROWN PELICANS were seen this week at Tuckerton, Barnegat Light, Stone Harbor Pt., and off the Cape May Ferry.

There were a few reports from Brig this week during partial openings: WILSON'S PHALAROPE, RED KNOT and WHITERUMPED SANDPIPERS were seen. Brig will be open partially on Sept. 6 and 7 as far as the second observation tower on the south dike, and then will be closed again from Sept. 8-14. The refuge is expected to reopen on Sept. 15.

The water in the shorebird pool at Hackensack Meadowlands Environment Center in Lyndhurst is partially drawn down, exposing some shoreline. On Aug. 31, STILT SANDPIPERS, WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS & WESTERN SANDPIPERS were observed, along with lots of GREATER YELLOWLEGS and LESSER YELLOWLEGS. A HUDSONIAN GODWIT was there earlier in the week.

A sprinkling of RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH reports this week probably indicates a coming flight. OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHERS were reported this week at Liberty State Park Sept. 1, and at Chimney Rock Sept. 1 and 2. Chimney Rock also had 13 warblers Sept. 1 and 11 species Sept. 2, including HOODED WARBLERS, 100 LAUGHING GULLS (new for the hawk watch), and 100 NIGHTHAWKS Sept. 1. NIGHTHAWKS were also reported this week, the usual time frame, from other locations: 1000+ over Emerson, Bergen Co Aug. 29; 20+ over Denville Aug. 28; and 53 over Scherman-Hoffman Aug. 29.

An important NJDEP hearing occurs tonight, Sept. 3, 7:00 p.m. at Stockton College, A-wing lecture hall, Jimmie Leeds Rd, Pomona, NJ(Exit 40, Garden State Pkwy), on the new Horseshoe Crab rule proposal. This proposal is helpful to shorebird and crab conservation on delaware Bay. If approved, it will ban boat catch of crabs, restrict the number of permits, limit the harvest to hand-harvest only, impose a bag limit of 100 crabs per day in season Tuesdays and Thursdays only, May 1 to June 30. Come to the hearing and show your support for this wise policy or write by Sept. 17 to Janis Hoagland, Esq., DEP Docket # 19-97-07/634, DEP Office of Legal Affairs, P. O. Box 402, Trenton, NJ 08625.

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 (as of 9/3, being repaired.) Good birding, and thank you for calling/faxing/surfing.

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