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Clean Up of Great Bay Blvd Wildlife Management Area

On April 23, 2017 members of the Southern Ocean Birding Group and other volunteers partnered with the Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve and NJ Watershed Ambassadors for the third annual clean-up of accumulated trash in the Great Bay Boulevard Wildlife Management Area. With 21 volunteers we were able to fill 58 jumbo bags of trash and other debris from along the road.  This event began on November 21, 2015 after it was realized that this WMA and the surrounding marsh, which is one of the top birding locations in Ocean County, had become too filthy to enjoy while birding. Our second clean-up on April 17, 2016 consisted of a group of 40 volunteers.  Here are some photos from the April 23, 2017 clean-up. Join us for this event next spring.



Beach Clean Up at Cape May Meadows

September 5, 2014, several members of the SOBG volunteered with The Nature Conservancy of New Jersey at the South Cape May Meadows to remove the beach fencing and to participate in beach clean-up.  It was a terribly hot and humid day, but we helped get the work done in two hours.  The Nature Conservancy was very grateful for our help and sent along their thanks along with some photos.




This is part of our effort to partner with other like-minded environmental organizations when we can and get the SOBG known throughout the state.  We have an on-going relationship with Conserve Wildlife NJ with their Osprey Project and beach bird nesting project, the Atlantic Audubon Society, the Long Beach Island Foundation for Arts and Science, Friends of Barnegat Lighthouse, and with the Tuckerton Seaport.  In addition to our work in Cape May, our members have helped to put up an osprey platform in the saltmarsh off of Great Bay Blvd in Tuckerton and helped install beach fencing on LBI, both for Conserve Wildlife NJ., and we participate in the annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count.

If you know of other volunteer events that the SOBG could be of assistance, please let us know at