The New Jersey Field Office protects endangered species, supports federal planning, mitigates environmental contamination, and partners with landowners to restore wildlife habitats. We work with others across New Jersey to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people.

About Us

The New Jersey Field Office is located in Galloway, New Jersey, a short distance outside of Atlantic City. We are the local Ecological Services field station, serving all of New Jersey in four program areas: endangered species, conservation planning assistance, environmental contaminants, and private lands restoration. 

What We Do

The New Jersey Field Office works with experts, conservation groups, landowners, and many others to protect and recover threatened and endangered species. We coordinate with federal and state agencies, local governments, the business community, and private citizens to make sure that wildlife resources are considered during project planning, such as for transportation, energy, coastal management, and development. New Jersey Field Office biologists serve on oil spill response teams, investigate the effects of environmental contamination, and work to restore polluted habitats. And we work with private landowners to restore fish and wildlife habitats.

Here are some of our focal programs in New Jersey:

Conservation Planning Assistance

Endangered Species

Environmental Response and Restoration

Partners for Fish and Wildlife

Services
Butterfly rests on tall flowering plant.

The purpose of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) is to provide a means to conserve the ecosystems upon which endangered and threatened species depend and provide a program for the conservation of such species. The ESA directs all federal agencies to participate in conserving these species....

Aerial view of thin coastal barrier with ocean breach.

The Coastal Barrier Resources Act (CBRA) established the John H. Chafee Coastal Barrier Resources System (CBRS), a defined set of geographic units along the Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico, Great Lakes, U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico coasts. The CBRA encourages the conservation of hurricane prone...

Captive wolf stands on rock with trees in background.

The Recovery Challenge funding opportunity provides a unique financial assistance opportunity for non-federal partners – both new and longstanding – working on implementing high-priority recovery actions for species listed as...

Our Organization

A rocky shoreline of a river. The water is calm. Mist and green branches line the river.
The Ecological Services Program works to restore and protect healthy populations of fish, wildlife, and plants and the environments upon which they depend. Using the best available science, we work with federal, state, Tribal, local, and non-profit stakeholders, as well as private land owners, to...
Aerial view of an undeveloped coastal freshwater pond.
We administer the Coastal Barrier Resources Act (CBRA), which encourages the conservation of storm-prone and dynamic coastal barriers by withdrawing the availability of federal funding and financial assistance within a designated set of units known as the Coastal Barrier Resources System (CBRS)....
Close up of a California condor. Its pink featherless head contrasts with its black feathers.
We provide national leadership in the recovery and conservation of our nation's imperiled plant and animal species, working with experts in the scientific community to identify species on the verge of extinction and to build the road to recovery to bring them back. We work with a range of public...
A duck flies over a tundra pond.
We use the best scientific information available to determine whether to add a species to (list) or remove from (delist) the federal lists of endangered and threatened wildlife and plants. We also determine whether already listed species should be reclassified from threatened to endangered (uplist...
Condor soars over mountain ridge.
We work with partners to conserve the ecosystems upon which endangered species and threatened species depend, developing and maintaining conservation programs for these species to improve their status to the point that Endangered Species Act protection is no longer necessary for survival. This...
Butterfly with orange, brown, and white wings perched perched on a flower head gathering nectar with another butterfly on the backside of the flower head.
We assess the conservation status of species, using the best scientific information available, and identify those that warrant listing as endangered or threatened under the Endangered Species Act. A species that we find warrants a proposal to list as endangered or threatened, but listing is...
Partners for Fish and Wildlife: Nevada Coordinator Susan Abele Meets with Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe Member to Conduct a Site Visit at Pyramid Lake Indian Reservation
The Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program provides free technical and financial assistance to landowners, managers, tribes, corporations, schools and nonprofits interested in improving wildlife habitat on their land. Since 1987, we have helped more than 30,000 landowners to complete more than 50,...
Wading bird stands in oil damaged marsh.
We provide national leadership in the protection and restoration of fish, wildlife, and habitats that have been threatened or injured by oil discharges, releases of hazardous substances, or other emerging contaminants of concern.
Pronghorn running through sagebrush with natural gas field facility in background.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service works collaboratively with other federal agencies, industries, and other stakeholders to achieve infrastructure development goals in ways that are sustainable and compatible with the conservation of fish, wildlife, and their habitats.

Our Species


 

New Jersey Field Office Focal Species
Federally Listed or Proposed SpeciesOther Species
bog turtle
eastern black rail 
piping plover
rufa red knot
roseate tern
Indiana bat
northern long-eared bat
tricolored bat
dwarf wedgemussel
northeastern beach tiger beetle
small whorled pogonia
swamp pink
Knieskern's beaked-rush
American chaffseed
sensitive joint-vetch
seabeach amaranth
blueback herring
American black duck
black-crowned night heron
bald eagle***
saltmarsh sparrow*
savannah sparrow
golden-winged warbler*
prairie warbler
spotted turtle*
red-bellied turtle*
wood turtle*
little brown bat*
green floater*
monarch butterfly**
regal fritillary*
frosted elfin*
eastern beard grass (arogos) skipper*
Appalachian grizzled skipper*
Septima's clubtail dragonfly*
Morse's little plain brown sedge (caddisfly)*
Boykin's lobelia*

*Being evaluated for possible listing under the ESA
**Candidate for listing under the ESA
***Protected by the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act

Grey, white and black bird on sand in the foreground

Size: 18 cm (7.25 in) in length. Color: Breeding season: Pale brown above, lighter below; black band across forehead; bill orange with black tip; legs orange; white rump. Male: Complete or incomplete black band encircles the body at the breast. Female: Paler head band; incomplete breast band....

FWS Focus
A group of juvenile and adult red knot forage along the shoreline.

Length: 25-28 cm. Adults in spring: Above finely mottled with grays, black and light ochre, running into stripes on crown; throat, breast and sides of head cinnamon-brown; dark gray line through eye; abdomen and undertail coverts white; uppertail coverts white, barred with black. Adults in...

FWS Focus
A small white bird with light grey wings, orange legs and a black cap

The roseate tern is about 40 centimeters in length, with light-gray wings and back. Its first three or four primaries are black and so is its cap. The rest of the body is white, with a rosy tinge on the chest and belly during the breeding season. The tail is deeply forked, and the outermost...

FWS Focus
Cluster of roosting bats.

The Indiana bat is a medium-sized Myotis, closely resembling the little brown bat (Myotis lucifugus) but differing in coloration. Its fur is a dull grayish chestnut rather than bronze, with the basal portion of the hairs on the back a dull-lead color. This bat's underparts are pinkish to...

FWS Focus
Swamp Pink

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. The stalk is topped by a 1 to 3-inch-long cluster of 30 to 50 small, fragrant, pink flowers dotted with pale blue anthers. The...

FWS Focus

The sensitive jointvetch is an annual legume native to the eastern United States. Populations currently exist in Maryland, New Jersey, North Carolina, and Virginia. The historical range for the species extended to Delaware and Pennsylvania. In Virginia, populations are found along the Potomac,...

FWS Focus
A monarch butterfly on a yellow flower

Adult monarch butterflies are large and conspicuous, with bright orange wings surrounded by a black border and covered with black veins. The black border has a double row of white spots, present on the upper side of the wings. Adult monarchs are sexually dimorphic, with males having narrower...

FWS Focus

Projects and Research

Our Library

Visit our library for species survey protocols, surveyor lists, guidance documents, and great information about New Jersey's varied ecosystems and habitats. 

Bat roosting in a rocky crevice
Guidance, education, outreach, and other documents related to bat species and habitat management in New Jersey.
a tiny turtle walks through the grass
Guidance, education, outreach, and other documents related to species and habitat management on New Jersey freshwater areas.

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