12/29/15 Volume XLVIII, No. 53
Many seasonal visitors come to New Jersey’s beaches and bays, but few are more fascinating than the seals that migrate here from points north when the weather turns cold.
Atlantic harbor seals, as well as harp, gray and hooded seals, hang out along New Jersey’s shorelines in winter. They travel from as far away as the Arctic, following food like herring, mackerel, squid and winter flounder.
Foraging for food is hard work, and even with their waterproof fur and . . .
12/22/15 Volume XLVIII, No. 52
‘Tis the season to look back on the past year and find out who’s been naughty and nice. So let’s make a list and check it twice to see how New Jersey’s environment fared in 2015.
First, the “nice.”
At the top are the many partnerships that resulted in preserved open space and farmland all over the Garden State. Thousands of acres were saved in 2015 when federal, state, county and municipal agencies worked together with nonprofits and . . .
12/18/15 Volume XLVIII, No. 51
Liberty State Park is unique in the state park system: a huge “green oasis” amid the offices and industry of the urban Hudson River waterfront, with sweeping views of the Manhattan skyline, the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.
Well-loved public parks like Liberty are the mark of a civilized society and add enormous economic and environmental values to our communities.
But right now, a debate is raging over a proposal by the New Jersey Department of . . .
12/11/15 Volume XLVIII, No. 50
New heat records. Rising sea levels. Ocean acidification.
There has been lots of news coming out of the climate summit in Paris these past two weeks. And lots of good news, too, when it comes to transitioning from fossil fuels to clean energy sources like solar and wind, and increasing energy efficiency.
Many experts now believe that 100 percent clean energy is 100 percent possible in the future … if our political and business leaders make the commitment and the . . .
12/4/15 Volume XLVIII, No. 49
With age comes wisdom. And with “Wisdom” comes age!
“Wisdom” is a female Laysan albatross, who at 64 holds the record as the world’s oldest known living wild bird. And she’s laying eggs, too!
A volunteer at the Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge - located in the central Pacific Ocean, about 1,300 miles northwest of Hawaii - spotted Wisdom shortly before Thanksgiving as she preened with her mate in the world’s largest nesting . . .