Along the South Branch

Written by Joe Mish Edited by Alison M. Jones Photos courtesy of Joe Mish Joe Mish has always lived in sight of the Raritan River. Early years spent roaming the clay banks, streams, tidal creeks and swamps of the lower Raritan near Crab Island. Currently, Joe lives further upstream on the South Branch of the…

Hatcheries: Helpful or Harmful?

By Bianca T. Esposito, NWNL Research Intern (Edited by Alison Jones, NWNL Director) NWNL research intern Bianca T. Esposito is a senior at Syracuse University studying Biology and minoring in Economics. Her research focuses primarily on how watershed degradation affects biodiversity. Figure 1. Salmon utilizing a manmade fish ladder to bypass a dam in their quest for migration.…

Stewardship Means All Hands on Board

As I was going through our photo archive for another project, I noticed a repetition of hands in pictures of volunteers, scientists, interviewees and other river stewards that NWNL Director Alison Jones has photographed. Whether they're using their hands while talking, or doing physical work, river stewards know that stewardship means "all hands on board"…

What is a Bio Blitz? A Strategy for Stewardship

By Kevin FitzPatrick, Conservation Photographer, iLCP Senior Fellow Bio Blitz: a short, intense team effort to discover as many different life forms as possible in one location; shorter-duration, smaller-scaled versions of All-Taxa Biodiversity Inventories (ATBIs) [See Glossary below article.] A Bio Blitz compasses all that I want to communicate to my audience about conservation and…

It’s Not Easy Being a Horseshoe Crab in New York Harbor

Blog by Joe Reynolds, Coastal Naturalist Photo by Joe Reynolds. Intro by Alison M. Jones, NWNL Director: To honor last week’s Endangered Species Day, we’re posting Joe’s blog on horseshoe crabs which are “Near-Threatened” per Endangered Species International. My children grew up on Long Island Sound mesmerized by the spring tide of these prehistoric, armored…