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Identification of Potential Beach-Nesting Bird Habitat to be Set Aside in Municipal Beach Management Plans

Maslo and Pover's NJ Beach nesting Bird management plan -final report

Technical description

This document delineates the spatial extent of potential beach-nesting bird habitat in the State of New Jersey, extending from Gateway National Recreation Area – Sandy Hook Unit south to Cape May. The information provided here was extracted from a statistically robust piping plover distribution model generated from a long-term dataset of nest locations and publicly available landscape-level spatial data from a variety of sources. The goal of this document is to assist the USFWS and New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection – Endangered and Nongame Species Program (ENSP) in working with municipalities and other beach landowners in the state to set aside portions of beach that have the highest probability of nesting occurrence by beachnesting birds of conservation concern and to manage those areas to promote successful reproduction. Adding new habitat zones for these species releases competition for breeding sites within designated natural areas and provides dispersal areas for juvenile birds (Cairns 1982, Cohen et al. 2009). They also provide in-season refuge sites when primary nesting areas are inundated with storm tides, and they reduce the dependency on any single site for New Jersey’s yearly reproductive output. 

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Assessments and Research Results
Reports
Resource Type: Birds
Threats/Stressors: Climate change impacts, Sea-level rise and storm impacts
Conservation Action: Habitat and natural process restoration, Species recovery

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