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Endangered Species Conservation Act

30 Years of Protection
Featured Species of the Month - 2003


In 2003 New Jersey marked the the 30th anniversary of the NJ Endangered Species Conservation Act of 1973. This landmark legislation established laws to protect and restore endangered and threatened wildlife in the Garden State. As a result of the legislation, the Division of Fish and Wildlife established the Endangered and Nongame Species Program to carry out the work necessary to restore and maintain these species.

The Act was signed into law on December 14, 1973, two weeks before President Nixon signed the federal Endangered Species Act. The law is designed to protect species whose survival in New Jersey is imperiled by loss of habitat, over-exploitation, pollution, or other impacts. New Jersey currently lists more than 35 species as endangered and more than 25 species as threatened.

Now, more than 30 years later, we can celebrate many success stories resulting from the work of dedicated staff and volunteers. During 2003 we featured 12 "Species of the Month" to illustrate the work being done. The first of these species represented one of our greatest success stories, the bald eagle, and others illustrate the range of species we work with.

Species of the Month 2003

Bog Turtle
November
Bog Turtle
Indiana Bat
October
Indiana Bat

Dwarf Wedgemussel
August

Dwarf Wedgemussel
Piping Plover
July
Piping Plover
Red Knot
June
Red Knot

Osprey
April
Osprey
Bobcat
March
Bobcat

Bald Eagle
January
Bald Eagle

   
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