The Dix Wildlife Management Area in Fairfield Township will grow by 1,650 acres thanks to a $674,000 federal grant, U.S. Rep. Frank LoBiondo, R-2nd, announced this week.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is providing the funding. Dix is south of Bridgeton, close to the Delaware Bay.
The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection will use the funds to acquire and permanently protect land along the lower Cohansey and the Delaware Bayshore, one of the most significant areas for migratory birds in the world.
Cleanup planned for Steelman Bay in Somers Point: Celebrate Earth Day weekend by helping clean up along the wetlands in Somers Point with the Patcong Creek Foundation, from 10:30 a.m. to noon Saturday. Meet at Caroline’s By the Bay, 450 Bay Ave., Somers Point, for the Steelman Bay Cleanup. Trash and recycling bags, gloves and safety equipment will be provided.
A group of crabbers founded Patcong Creek Foundation. The group participated in the Linwood Environmental Commission’s Patcong Creek Cleanups, which inspired the foundation to clean up other areas frequented by crabbers, the group said.
Meeting on Ocean City bayside dredging plans: Ocean City will hold a public meeting to discuss its 2018 bayside dredging program at 10 a.m. April 28 at the Ocean City Tabernacle. ACT Engineers’ representatives and the city team will be there to talk about plans and long-term initiatives.
Adult workshops at Sedge Island: Join Conserve Wildlife Foundation at the Sedge Island Natural Resource Education Center for a hands-on professional development class for formal and informal teachers. Participants will encounter diamondback terrapins, peregrine falcons, ospreys and other wildlife while learning effective ways of teaching science and environmental stewardship, according to CWF. It will be held 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, June 2. Cost is $50 per person and includes breakfast and kayak use. For information, call 609-984-0621.
A three-day two-night locavore program is planned for adults 21 and older interested in learning what’s edible in and around Barnegat Bay. The program will be held at the Sedge House, located within New Jersey’s first Marine Conservation Zone. Participants will spend time identifying and harvesting edible plants and algae, digging clams, netting crabs and fishing, while learning about the salt marsh ecosystem, conservation and renewable resources. Dates for 2018 to be announced. Cost is $390 per adult, and includes lodging, meals, instruction and take-home items.
For more information on either adult program, and to learn about children’s and teens’ programs, visit conservewildlifenj.org/education/sedge.
— Michelle Brunetti Post