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[C] Wildlife | Wildlife Watching

WILDLIFE
WATCHING

NATURE’S SHOW NEVER ENDS

Wildlife watching can be an educational, surprising and awe-inspiring experience. New Jersey offers an abundance of places to observe its native species, from forests and meadows, to lakes, streams and coastal marshes.

WHERE TO GO

WATCH WILDLIFE BY HABITAT

New Jersey supports a wide range of habitats: mountains and freshwater wetlands, open farmland, the unique Pine Barrens forests and tannin-stained waters, the remote Delaware Bayshore, and the Atlantic shore beaches. Each habitat type supports a different assemblage of wildlife.

WATCH WILDLIFE BY REGION

The landscape changes all across New Jersey. From the northern Highlands and Ridge-and-Valley regions, through the central Piedmont Plains, and south to the Pine Barrens and outer Coastal Plain, the wildlife diversity changes across the landscape. Learn where to go in each region.

BACKYARD HABITATS

Many species of wildlife need big spaces, but there are many that take advantage of even small parcels if the habitat is good. Backyards that offer native food plants, shelter, and water will attract a diversity of birds, butterflies, and more.

Report Wildlife

Did you see any rare, endangered, or threatened wildlife, or perhaps an injured wild animal in New Jersey? Find out how to report those sightings, contact a wildlife rehabilitator, and more.

DND DO NOT
DISTURB
Ever come across a fawn lying in the grass, without an adult deer in sight? How about a bird’s nest with eggs or chicks or a young bird that can fly but not very well? Sometimes the best thing to help wildlife is to leave it alone.

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BIRDING
BASICS

New to birding? Get up to speed quickly with this birding tutorial.

WATCH WILDLIFE NOW

Catch birds in real-time action with these web cam feeds.

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Last Update: June 2nd, 2022