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Marine biology campers join Ben Wurst with Conserve Wildlife Foundation of NJ to survey an active osprey nest behind LBIF. photo by Northside Jim.

Marine biology campers join Ben Wurst with Conserve Wildlife Foundation of NJ to survey an active osprey nest behind LBIF. photo by Northside Jim.

From our kilns to our salt-marsh, science is everywhere at LBIF! Through the EcoScience Committee, which consists of LBIF members and partners working in the environmental fields, our mission is to provide information, knowledge, leadership and activities to encourage & foster environmental stewardship for our members, individuals and community. The mission includes developing and offering relevant & current environmental science related knowledge, activities and actions with the intention to further improve and protect the health of our coastal ecosystem and all its inhabitants.

During winter months, local residents enjoy Science Saturday lectures that are focused on a variety of locally focused topics including osprey conservation and management, terrapin research, migratory birds, fisheries management, weather and climate, etc… Things really pick up during the summer when members and visitors can enjoy a variety of programs and events. Discovery Days are free events that are held every Wednesday during summer and include a group tour of our preserved salt-marsh, our working beehives, our terrapin nesting gardens and our last but not least LBI’s most famous nesting pair of ospreys, Jack & WendyMarine Biology is offered at our summer camp and Barnegat Bay Day in early July provides knowledge and fun for the entire family.


BARNEGAT BAY DAY – ANNUAL SUMMER EVENT

Barnegat Bay Day is a great, family fun event that's meant to raise awareness and respect for protecting Barnegat Bay. Photo by Kyle Gronostajski

Barnegat Bay Day is a great, family fun event that’s meant to raise awareness and respect for protecting Barnegat Bay. Photo by Kyle Gronostajski

Join the LBIF, Alliance for a Living Ocean (ALO) and other local environmental organizations and agencies at the 13th Annual Barnegat Bay Day. Learn about the local plants and animals, both underwater and on land, that complete the Barnegat Bay ecosystem. Have a blast with hands-on activities and guided tours of our Nature Trail.


Summer 2020 EXPLORE LONG BEACH ISLAND – Guided Eco-Tours – Kayaking & Paddleboarding

The osprey blind is seasonally installed from March through September. Photo by Ben Wurst.

The osprey blind is seasonally installed from March through September. photo by Ben Wurst.

Are you ready to explore the natural beauty of LBI? This is a perfect retreat for those ready to dip their paddles into nature for a day of fun. Our trips allow you to experience the beautiful and wondrous New Jersey marshes and bays in a way that you never could from land. We start with an educational overview of Barnegat Bay and the marsh lands, leading into a beautiful and informative excursion with your tour guide by Kayak or by Paddleboard. Our adventures require no former experience and is a great workout! *NOTE: Space is limited. Participants must be registered by 3:00pm the day before the scheduled session. No registration at the launch site.

 


LBIF Marsh Cam

Sunset on Barnegat Bay. Captured by the LBIF Marsh Cam.

We love our salt marsh so much that we installed a camera that broadcasts the live view of this very important ecosystem on Long Beach Island!


LBIF Rain Garden

The rain garden at LBIF is a functioning demonstration site to showcase landscaping possibilities that open up the soil and allow rain water to seep back into the ground and reduce runoff into the Barnegat Bay.

The diversity of textures and colors of the plants and flowers are aesthetically pleasing, and it’s a great place to cool off on a hot day and be inspired by nature. There are benches within the garden for people passing by to stop, relax, and cool off while enjoying the view.


Science Saturdays

Ben Wurst discusses monitoring the state’s osprey population at Science Saturday at LBIF. Photo by Matt Bokey

Science Saturday at the LBIF tackles today’s most pressing scientific, environmental, and sustainability issues that directly affect our shore community and the Barnegat Bay. Science Saturdays are interactive and informative hands-on presentations in an informal atmosphere. Fee: $5, Free to LBIF Members.


Discovery Days – Guided Eco-Tours

Summer Only Event!
Each Discovery Days are held every Wednesday at 10:00am of the summer! You will be given a guided tour of LBIF’s protected 21 acre salted marsh preserve via the new Nature Trail. You will also get to get the opportunity to learn more about our rain garden, bee hives, osprey viewing blind and more. On the guided tour stop by meet local field experts from ReClam the Bay, Long Beach Township, MATES, and Uriah Creek Apiaries. Free & open to all.


Explore & Learn About Long Beach Island

This is the largest section of privately owned and preserved saltmarsh on LBI. Photo by Greg Molyneux

This is the largest section of privately owned and preserved saltmarsh on LBI. Photo by Greg Molyneux

Did you know that there are over 650 pairs of nesting ospreys in New Jersey, but only 4 nests are located on LBI? Want to learn more about our coast? Check out the links below to discover more information developed by LBIF’s own EcoScience Committee.


PartnerspartnersThere is a lot of work that goes on “behind the scenes” to make sure that the LBIF Science based programs and events are focused on issues that allow us to think globally but act locally to help us care for our local environment.
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