The NJSEA’s Drew McQuade and Alashanee Mooney saw this Harbor Seal on the docks at River Barge Park earlier today while doing fieldwork. The seals sometimes pay us visits in late winter/early spring as schools of herring begin to head back up river. Thanks to Drew and Alashanee for the photos!
I have been extremely fortunate over the years to be able to introduce countless people to the wonders of our Meadowlands and to the incredible diversity of bird species that flourish there. To the disbelief of most people that visit our Meadowlands for the very first time many of the bird species we encounter are considered endangered, threatened or species of special concern in the State of New Jersey.
“But Don,” as the question usually begins, “If those birds are really endangered how come I see so many of them here?” The simple answer is: “It’s the Meadowlands”