Delaware Bay Estuary Project
Northeast Region


Forest habitat has become badly fragmented by 300 years of land clearing, agriculture, and human development.  Forest fragmentation and loss have reduced the available habitat for forest nesting birds, particularly those dependent on interior forest conditions.  Delaware Bay Estuary Project is working with partners to conserve and restore “large, round” forested patches, forested areas surrounding coastal plain ponds, and forested riparian habitat.  Some examples of our work are:

Milforn neck restoration
Forest restoration at Milford Neck

Milford Neck

The Milford Neck Preserve is part of a 10,000 acre conservation area that includes both state and private conservation land holdings.  It has been recognized for its importance to neotropical migrant songbirds and waterfowl as an important stopover area. The Maryland-Delaware-New Jersey Gap Analysis results indicate that the forests of Milford Neck represent a potential hotspot for rare bird species.  DBEP is working with partners to restore forested habitat at Milford Neck. Read more...

Bocce Woods (Fairmont Park, Philadelphia)

Philadelphia's 8000-acre Fairmount Park is recognized as an Important Bird Area (IBA) by Audubon Pennsylvania.  We are working with the Fairmount Park Commission to control invasives and reforest a 7-acre site within the Cobbs Creek section of Fairmount Park.  Native trees and shrubs that provide high value food, cover and breeding habitat for migratory songbirds will be planted and Park Volunteers will monitor the plantings and continue to control new growth of invasive plants as they occur.  Read more...

Milwood Crossing

In cooperation with the Kent County (Delaware) Parks Division, we reforested 15 acres of former agricultural land within a riparian open space  This restored forest will be an oak dominated upland forest, with small inclusions of bottomland hardwood-Atlantic white cedar forested wetland and will substantially expand the riparian forest along Dyke Branch, which is a tributary to the Leipsic River and Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge. The expanded riparian forest will benefit several migratory bird species of management concern which are using the Refuge. Read more...

Goat Island

Goat Island is an eight acre island consisting of forest and marshland, which is located within the city limits of Milford, Delaware on the banks of the Mispillion River.  Habitat improvement activities have included invasive control, planting of native species, and wetland creation. Read more...

common yellowthroat
Habitat Enhancement at Cypress Swamp helps species like the Common Yellowthroat

Cypress Swamp (Burnt Swamp)

The Great Cypress Swamp is the largest remaining contiguous tract of forest on the Delmarva Peninsula, and supports many rare, forest-dependent species,including state endangered bird species and globally rare insects and plant communities that will benefit from the proposed restoration. Restoration of Atlantic White Cedar communities involves both tree planting and hydrologic restoration. Read more...


Last updated: July 18, 2012

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