New Jersey’s Jacques Cousteau reserve is located in the southeastern part of the state and encompasses New Jersey Pinelands, the coastal plain, and the barrier islands of the Mullica River-Great Bay ecosystem. The reserve’s 115,000 acres are an oasis for wading birds, waterfowl, raptors, songbirds, blue crabs, hard clams, bluefish, summer flounder, and more than 90 species of fish. Through a combination of research, outreach, and education, reserve staff address the most critical issues facing the New Jersey coasts—from the restoration of ecosystems and communities in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy to the development of science-based strategies to enhance future resilience of the state’s coastal areas.Visit the Reserve's Website
- State: New Jersey
- State Partner:
- Acreage: 114,884
- Habitats: A great variety of terrestrial, wetland, and aquatic natural resources, with research studies focused on finish and striped bass
- Designated: 1998
Volunteer at the reserve in a variety of activities that include assisting with research projects, engaging in citizen science activities such as data collection for long-term monitoring studies, leading tours, providing administrative assistance, organizing and supporting workshops, and representing the reserve at community events.Learn more
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This reserve currently does not have a formal friends organization. Please stay tuned for more information.
Did you know?
Every winter, the reserve’s waterfowl population swells to more than 70,000 birds.