Development

“Bugaboo” for sure. Rancocas Creek Watershed is under strain from growth, naturally. W more people and growth other areas like farms and wetlands are impacted. Found in these wetlands of the Rancocas Creek Watershed are rare and endangered species. They are the headwaters found in the NJ Pine Barrens. Compromise between development, growth and enhanced public access and promoting water quality. Providing the issue of public discourse are rules, regulations, laws, ethics and such. Laws that are enforced for the common-good. Laws that are meant to promote water quality.

Bog Turtle is Found in the Rancocas Creek Watershed – Protected by the US Endangered Species Act

Over-development is counter-productive to community, individuals and the remaining wild areas.

The bog turtle, a victim of habitat loss, has disappeared from more than half of its historically occupied sites in New Jersey. Due to population declines, restricted habitat preference, habitat loss, and illegal collecting, the bog turtle was listed as an endangered species in New Jersey in 1974

National Fish and Wildlife Service on-line mapping program is “tops” for enhancing awareness of wetlands and the value added asset they are to multi-use recreation and promoting water quality. Above map are the wetlands around the Main Stem, Rancocas Creek, Mill Creek. Red Dots are the head (or the end ) of tidal reach. Sites are approximate.

Wetlands between Burlington Island and Newbolds Island, Delaware River.

Black Rail is found in the Rancocas Creek Watershed. Shy and elusive.

A tiny marsh bird, no bigger than a sparrow. Extremely secretive, it walks or runs through the marsh, and is rarely seen in flight. In very dense cover, it may get around by using the runways made by mice. The distinctive short song of the Black Rail is given mostly late at night, so the bird may go unnoticed in some areas. Fairly common at a few coastal points, its status inland in the east is rather mysterious.

https://www.audubon.org/field-guide/bird/black-rail

BlackRail. Eastern Black Rail Conservation & Management Working Group. The black rail may be the most endangered bird species along the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts of North America. It is unlikely that black rails will persist in many portions of this range without timely and appropriate conservation action.

A Black Rail census is being undertaken in the Rancocas Creek Watershed. Contact ingvarja@verizon.net

Northern Long Earred Bat is found in the Rancocas Creek Watershed. Please respect the bat boxes along the Rancocas State Park Bluewater Trail.

The northern long-eared bat is one of the species of bats most impacted by the disease white-nose syndrome. Due to declines caused by white-nose syndrome and continued spread of the disease, the northern long-eared bat was listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act on April 2, 2015.

Rancocas Pathways: Where a rising tide lifts all boats….and boots *

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