The WCAS biological survey of Alexauken Creek Wildlife Management Area continued throughout the summer with regular team visits at least once monthly. Breeding bird point counts were conducted at five sites between May 25 and June 15 using a protocol provided by NJ Fish & Wildlife. About 30 cover boards were placed randomly at various locations to assess herptile populations. Botanical data is also being recorded. The team will continue to visit the site through December and eventually publish a report of our findings and recommendations.
We continue to work with the West Amwell Open Space Advisory Committee and NJ Fish and Wildlife on the survey and plans for Alexauken Creek WMA. In late July, several WCAS members helped fill a dumpster with junk from the Mantell Cottage, a historic home on the site and we are helping the Open Space Advisory find a nonprofit to take over the cottage. We recently learned that the State was about to acquire another 157 acres to add onto the WMA in August and also a 130-acre conservation easement. The WMA is growing! This could lead to more exciting inventory work.
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