East Brunswick Town-wide Butterfly Survey - Links

Help document what butterflies occur in East Brunswick and where and when they were found

The Friends of the East Brunswick Environmental Commission are launching the first town-wide East Brunswick Butterfly Survey to better understand our butterfly fauna.

We are calling on everyone in town (and anyone else that wants to visit) to become Citizen Scientists and help us document what butterflies occur in East Brunswick and where and when they were found. We have set up an iNaturalist project called "East Brunswick Nature" for everyone to post their photos.

See below links you can use for the survey.

The Friends will also be awarding a copy of the Kaufman Guide to Butterflies to two lucky Citizen Scientists selected randomly in the fall from anyone that submits a butterfly record to the iNaturalist East Brunswick Nature group.  

Links

iNaturlist 'East Brunswick Nature' project - https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/east-brunswick-nature

How to post photos to iNaturalist - http://www.inaturalist.org/pages/getting+started

Guide to East Brunswick Parks - http://friendsebec.com/parks/eb-parks

Guide to butterflies at Butterfly Park - http://friendsebec.com/projects/butterfly-field-guide

 

 

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County Protects Critical Habitat with Acquisition of 76-acres in East Brunswick

​​A longstanding effort to preserve critical amphibian habitats and vernal pools along the East Brunswick-South Brunswick border has finally been completed with the acquisition of a 76-acre piece of Open Space land along the Ireland Brook. 

On February 16, the County completed the purchase of the Ireland Brook-Tamarack Hollow Extension from Freedom Run, LLC. The Board of Chosen Freeholders authorized the use of $1.3 million from the Middlesex County Open Space and Recreation and Farmland and Historic Preservation Trust Fund to purchase the property.

The land is located along the Ireland Brook on the East Brunswick-South Brunswick border. It connects 1,400 acres of County, state and local parkland, including the Ireland Brook Conservation Area, Tamarack Hollow Preserve and the Tamarack Golf Course.

Freeholder Director Ronald G. Rios said: “The property not only increases the County’s total open space acquired through the Trust Fund to over 8,000 acres, but also protects the habitats of several amphibian species, including the spotted salamander, whose populations are decreasing statewide according to the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife.”

“The County safeguarded several of the vernal pools with the 232-acre Tamarack Hollow Preserve acquisition in 2007,” said Freeholder Deputy Director Charles E. Tomaro, liaison to the County’s Open Space and Recreation Public Advisory Committee. “Until this purchase, the amphibians’ year-round habitat remained unprotected. This acquisition ensures that these amphibians will continue to be a part of Middlesex County’s environment.”

The life cycle of the spotted salamander depends on the presence of vernal pools in their habitats. 
 
The property will be managed through the Middlesex County Office of Parks and Recreation. Working with the non-profit Friends of the East Brunswick Environmental Commission, the County will develop a management plan that provides for appropriate public access and passive recreational opportunities on the land, while protecting the year-round habitat for these important animals. 
 
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TODAY ONLY! AMAZON WILL DONATE 5% OF YOUR PURCHASE TO THE FRIENDS!

 
 
Planning to order from Amazon today?
 
 
Please use the link and Amazon will donate 5% of your purchase to the Friends EBEC. Today, March 16, 2017 only!
 
 
The not so small print: Ordering from Amazon Smile is the same as ordering from Amazon except that 5% of the cost of your purchase will be donated (with no additional cost to you!) to a non-profit of your choice. To chose the Friends EBEC for your donation use this link. Today only the donation will be 5% (Ten time more than the regular donation!). Thank you! And thanks to anyone who's already using Amazon Smile
The funds donated are used to support the Free project the Friends EBEC offer: Butterfly Park, National Moth Week, Lectures, Community Garden, Amphibian Protection, Freecycling and more. (www.friendsebec.com)
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Rutgers Cooperative Extension Of Middlesex County March 2017 Calendar of Events

 

 The EARTH Center, is located in Davidson’s Mill Pond Park, 42 Riva Ave., South Brunswick, NJ.

For info on any program contact 732-398-5260.

GPS Coordinates to our facility are N 40° 24.760,   W 74° 29.848.

All events are held at the EARTH Center unless otherwise specified.

 

 
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