Monday, May 19, 2008

The Story of the Great Swamp

Can you imagine a major regional airport in Berkeley Heights' backyard, the Great Swamp?
In 1959 the Port Authority announced plans to put an international airport in the Great Swamp area.

Can you name any of the 25 endangered or threatened species that live in the Great Swamp?
The blue-spotted salamander (pictured below), the bog turtle, the wood turtle are endangered. Some less-endangered species that have thrived in the swamp: blue birds and wild turkeys.

If you'd like to find out more about the Great Swamp, on Wednesday evening (May 21) from 7 p.m. to 7:45 p.m., the library will welcome Jane Kendall and Ruth Lloyd, two members of the Friends of the Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge. They will show a short film about the history and habitats of the Great Swamp called The Great Swamp: A Story of a National Wildlife Refuge. They will also speak about the latest information from the Swamp, wildlife viewing and volunteer opportunities. Don't miss it!

Friends of the Great Swamp

The Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge

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