New Jersey Audubon, which is administering the New Jersey Important Bird and Birding Areas Program, announced this summer that site nominations are now being accepted. The goals of IBBA are to identify a network of key sites that will help sustain naturally occurring populations of birds and sites exceptional for birdwatching in New Jersey; to ensure continued viability of those sites; to raise public awareness of their importance; and, to generate increased support. Criteria have been set and technical committees of experts will review the nominations and approve selections. Washington Crossing Audubon is working on submission of the Sourlands region/Baldpate Mountain, for which we have wonderful data to back up the choice.
Anyone may nominate a site, but it needs to be more than just a favorite birding spot. Check out the IBBA website at www.njaudubon.org and go to the IBBA page. There you will find criteria, instructions and the nomination form. Or, if you find the process daunting, you may suggest a nomination to WCAS and we'll see if we can come up with the data to substantiate it. The deadline is November 15. To suggest a site for nomination, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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