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Search Reveals Lilies Among the Pines

The bog asphodel (Narthecium americanum) is a perennial herb that grows along streams and in mucky soils in the heart of the Pinelands ...Read More

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Rare Indiana Bats Find Home in New Jersey

When a rare animal expands its range, it's great cause for excitement and celebration...Read More

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Bat Research Provides Valuable Information for Great Swamp Refuge and Beyond

If you're out at Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge in New Jersey just before sunset, you may catch a glimpse of a returning summer resident, sweeping through the twilight like a flickering, acrobatic ... Read More

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From One to 135 – New Jersey's bald eagle success story

In 1982, New Jersey's only remaining bald eagle nest failed for the six consecutive year. Every year, the eagle eggs at the Bear Swamp nest were just too thin to withstand normal incubation–-a result of residual contamination ... Read More

Featured Species in New Jersey

Swamp pink , photo credit: Gene Nieminen, USFWS

Swamp pink

Swamp pink is a perennial herb in the lily family. It is known to occur in headwater streams and mountain bogs from New Jersey to Georgia.

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Swamp pink

Photo credit: Gene Nieminen, USFWS

Bog turtle

Bog turtle

At only about 4 inches long, the bog turtle is North America's smallest turtle. The northern population of bog turtles in known to range from New York and western Massachusetts south to Maryland.

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Bog turtle

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Atlantic Coast piping plover  , Photo credit: USFWS

Atlantic Coast piping plover

The piping plover is a dainty, sand-colored shorebird, distinguished from other small North American plovers by its pale plumage and bright orange legs. Human activities can disturb piping plovers on both their breeding and wintering grounds.

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Atlantic Coast piping plover

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Partnership Stories in New Jersey

What Doesn't Stay in Vegas? Sprawl.  Photo credit: Gene Nieminen, USFWS

The Conservation of Swamp Pink in New Jersey

A perennial member of the lily family, swamp pink has smooth, oblong, dark green leaves that form an evergreen rosette. In spring, some rosettes produce a flowering stalk that can grow over 3 feet tall. More »

Found in New Jersey

  • Swamp pink (Helonias bullata) is a small perennial member of the lily family, with evergreen leaves and a beautiful pink flower cluster that emerges in spring. It is found in headwater springs and mountain bog areas, and is primarily threatened by the indirect effects of off-site activities and development, such as pollution, introduction of invasive species, and subtle changes in groundwater and surface water hydrology. Containing more than 70 percent of the known sites, New Jersey represents the global stronghold for this plant.

    Photo credit: Alan Cressler

  • Shortnose sturgeon, Photo credit: Noel Burkhead, USGS

    The shortnose sturgeon (Acipenser brevirostrum) was one of the first 109 species listed in 1967 as endangered under the Endangered Species Preservation Act, a precursor to the 1973 Endangered Species Act. These large fish may grow up to 4.5 feet in length and weigh over 50 pounds. They are anadromous, living mainly in the slower moving riverine waters or nearshore marine waters, and migrating periodically into faster moving fresh water rivers to spawn.

    Photo credit: Noel Burkhead, USGS

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Last updated: April 8, 2014