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  • Elevated Marsh Walkway - The Wetlands Institute The Wetlands Institute
    for the walkway and reposition it for improved access to the marsh for both research and education Construction was completed over the winter and early spring 2014 and the walkway was open to the public in mid May The walkway design and construction was carefully conceived to balance providing access to the marsh for visitors to learn about the marsh ecosystem without impacting the fragile ecosystem It was also designed to be more resilient to storms and rising sea level two important factors The winter construction was designed to cause minimum impact to marsh grasses that are dormant through the winter and to minimize disturbance to birds and animals that use the marsh during migration stopovers and for the nesting osprey The walkway is a 720 foot long loop with an extension for better viewing of the front salt panne The walkway can be accessed by ADA compliant ramps at two locations from the Institute s shelled nature trail during Institute business hours The walkway stands 4 ft from the marsh at its base and is 6 ft wide Aluminum railings line the elevated walkway ramps and stairways for safety Two sets of stairs allow restricted access for Institute personnel leading research and education programs Research and education stations on the new elevated walkway provide for improved access to the marsh for biological and environmental sampling and hands on learning opportunities The walkway is constructed using state of the art methods is sustainably constructed and utilized local contractors and locally sourced material to the extent possible The walkway utilizes a steel helical pile construction Piles were cork screwed into the marsh and extend on average 30 feet below the marsh surface until they reached a lower compact sand layer The main walkway structure was locally fabricated and is aluminum The grated surface is polycarbonate and is specially designed to allow sunlight and rainwater to reach the plants and animals below and reduce the overall impact to the marsh Since water can flow through this surface the walkway has a better chance at surviving major flooding events and storms Because the entire structure is metal with polycarbonate there is no lift associated with flooding making likelihood of damage during rising water levels in storms less The entire structure can be recycled if ever necessary The project was designed and executed to impose minimal impact to the salt marsh The salt marsh vegetation is growing back very well and should fully recover in the coming weeks There are two areas with more impact Institute staff and volunteers are planting 15 000 plugs of Smooth Cordgrass S partina alternaflora in disturbed areas by late May All work on the marsh required the use of matting to distribute the weight of heavy equipment and prevent rutting Decking was installed in 40 ft prefabricated sections to increase the speed of installation and decrease time on the marsh Nearly 90 2 7 8 helical steel pilings were installed for a small footprint and strong hold in

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  • Our Dock - The Wetlands Institute The Wetlands Institute
    and Past Programs Coastal Conservation Research Program 2015 Intern Symposium Partners Sponsors Stone Harbor Point Restoration Project Academic Affiliations of Student Researchers Asian Scholarship Program 2000 2010 Diamondback Terrapins Visit Us Our Dock Our original dock after Sandy Our original dock after Sandy Early stages of the rebuilding Rebuilding well underway Our new dock Our new dock More than a year has gone by since Hurricane Sandy s wrath took aim on our region and put a damper on programing at The Wetlands Institute by destroying our dock Deprived of much needed access to Scotch Bonnet Creek we had to cancel some of our summer activities including back bay boating tours on the Skimmer hooked on fishing and crabbing at the dock But with much determination we managed to revise our programming and have a very successful season Our back bay kayak tours were launched from alternate locations We even made do with the low tide which left us little access to water during our Crabulous Crab Day Our visitors enjoyed a full schedule of programs but it wasn t quite the same We were missing an integral part of our facility Another significant challenge brought on by the loss of our dock was the loss of our salt water pumping system This system is used to pump water along the quarter mile long Salt Marsh Trail to maintain our aquarium Losing this system meant having to haul water by truck in a 500 gallon tank every week The new dock was officially opened to the public in September during our 1st Annual Fall Migration Festival And it was well worth the wait The 122 foot long structure is higher and is constructed of all new non polluting materials Its railing system has two heights providing safe and great views for kids We have boat slips for our 2 research boats and an area for the Skimmer to dock Gates provide access to water monitoring research equipment that will be installed in the spring A new submerged pump has the pumping facility back on line The rebuilding was made possible through your generosity We couldn t have done it without all your support and we are thrilled to be back in business and better than before The McLean Contributionship supported the project with a 15 000 grant and contributions to The Wetlands Institute s Sandy Rebuilding Fund raised more than 40 000 The remaining funds will come from a Federal Emergency Management Agency disaster assistance grant Although it made for a challenging year the setback brought by Sandy has not affected our motivation to keep moving forward Our rebuilding efforts continue We are about to begin construction on a new and expanded elevated loop boardwalk to replace teh damaged walkway We have substantial expenses to complete this construction A FEMA grant will pay 100 000 of the estimated 250 000 cost of the new boardwalk but we need to finish construction this winter to qualify for the grant So we

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  • Diller Coastal Exhibit Building - The Wetlands Institute The Wetlands Institute
    Adubon s World Series of Birding Online Pledge Form Donate a Fixed Amount Native Gardening and Landscaping Research Current and Past Programs Coastal Conservation Research Program 2015 Intern Symposium Partners Sponsors Stone Harbor Point Restoration Project Academic Affiliations of Student Researchers Asian Scholarship Program 2000 2010 Diamondback Terrapins Visit Us Diller Coastal Exhibit Building The Diller Building houses our Aquarium the Terrapin Station which also features a horseshoe crab exhibit The aquarium features over a dozen exhibits with live marsh animals as well as a special teacher s tank with live horseshoe crabs sea stars and lots more The Diller Building also houses hands on interactive exhibits designed to immerse visitors in the wetlands life educating the observer in the important role wetlands play in life on the planet Terrapin Station Aquarium Terrapin Station Terrapin Station is the first exhibit in the world that is dedicated to the life history of the diamondback terrapin Visitors can learn more about this landmark conservation project through a variety of informational displays We take you through the life and troubles of the native turtles from birth and learn what the Institute is doing to help them The diamondback terrapin is a keystone species whose very presence contributes to a diversity of life and whose extinction would consequently lead to the extinction of other forms of life Since the Wetlands Institute values the importance of diamondback terrapins to wetland habitats terrapin research and educational programming has been the focus of our conservation efforts for two decades In fact our diamondback terrapin project has received national attention from ABC and NBC News New York Times and the National Geographic Society Aquarium Our Aquarium features over a dozen exhibits with live marsh animals as well as a special teacher s tank with live horseshoe crabs sea

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  • Terrapin Station - The Wetlands Institute The Wetlands Institute
    Bill to Reclassify Terrapins as Non game Species Terrapin Road Patrol Statistics Terrapins and Traps Terrapin Learning Activities 2011 Annual Report Excluder Devices Adopt A Terrapin Building Terrapin Barriers and Fences Monofilament Recycling Station Program Horseshoe Crab Conservation reTURN the Favor Conservation in Action Horseshoe Crab Spawning Surveys Response to Public Comment Post Sandy Emergency Restoration Adopt A Horseshoe Crab Stone Harbor Bird Sanctuary Restoration Junior Duck Stamps Bird Sightings at the WI New Jersey Adubon s World Series of Birding Online Pledge Form Donate a Fixed Amount Native Gardening and Landscaping Research Current and Past Programs Coastal Conservation Research Program 2015 Intern Symposium Partners Sponsors Stone Harbor Point Restoration Project Academic Affiliations of Student Researchers Asian Scholarship Program 2000 2010 Diamondback Terrapins Visit Us Terrapin Station The Terrapin Station is the first exhibit in the world that is dedicated to the life history of the diamondback terrapin Visitors can learn more about this landmark conservation project through a variety of informational displays We take you through the life and troubles of the native turtles from birth and learn what the Institute is doing to help them The diamondback terrapin is a keystone species whose very presence contributes to a diversity of life and whose extinction would consequently lead to the extinction of other forms of life Since the Wetlands Institute values the importance of diamondback terrapins to wetland habitats terrapin research and educational programming has been the focus of our conservation efforts for two decades In fact our diamondback terrapin project has received national attention from ABC and NBC News New York Times and the National Geographic Society Additional Information Aquarium Email Updates Stay informed by signing up for our email updates Sign Up Now Recent Posts Front Desk Retail Sales May through September Great News for Terrapins A

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  • Salt Marsh Trail - The Wetlands Institute The Wetlands Institute
    Bay Scholarship Opportunities for Schools Scout Groups Homeschool Programs Group Outreach Programs Russia USA Wetland Center Exchange Program Summer Nature Program Summer Internship Opportunities 2015 Intern Symposium Osprey Camera Conservation Adopt A Terrapin Terrapin Conservation Terrapins What to do 25 Years of Terrapin Conservation and Research Bill to Reclassify Terrapins as Non game Species Terrapin Road Patrol Statistics Terrapins and Traps Terrapin Learning Activities 2011 Annual Report Excluder Devices Adopt A Terrapin Building Terrapin Barriers and Fences Monofilament Recycling Station Program Horseshoe Crab Conservation reTURN the Favor Conservation in Action Horseshoe Crab Spawning Surveys Response to Public Comment Post Sandy Emergency Restoration Adopt A Horseshoe Crab Stone Harbor Bird Sanctuary Restoration Junior Duck Stamps Bird Sightings at the WI New Jersey Adubon s World Series of Birding Online Pledge Form Donate a Fixed Amount Native Gardening and Landscaping Research Current and Past Programs Coastal Conservation Research Program 2015 Intern Symposium Partners Sponsors Stone Harbor Point Restoration Project Academic Affiliations of Student Researchers Asian Scholarship Program 2000 2010 Diamondback Terrapins Visit Us Salt Marsh Trail Take a Google Earth interactive tour of our Salt Marsh Trail with Scute Our trail takes visitors into the marsh where unparalleled views of migratory birds

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  • Observation Tower - The Wetlands Institute The Wetlands Institute
    Terrapin Conservation and Research Bill to Reclassify Terrapins as Non game Species Terrapin Road Patrol Statistics Terrapins and Traps Terrapin Learning Activities 2011 Annual Report Excluder Devices Adopt A Terrapin Building Terrapin Barriers and Fences Monofilament Recycling Station Program Horseshoe Crab Conservation reTURN the Favor Conservation in Action Horseshoe Crab Spawning Surveys Response to Public Comment Post Sandy Emergency Restoration Adopt A Horseshoe Crab Stone Harbor Bird Sanctuary Restoration Junior Duck Stamps Bird Sightings at the WI New Jersey Adubon s World Series of Birding Online Pledge Form Donate a Fixed Amount Native Gardening and Landscaping Research Current and Past Programs Coastal Conservation Research Program 2015 Intern Symposium Partners Sponsors Stone Harbor Point Restoration Project Academic Affiliations of Student Researchers Asian Scholarship Program 2000 2010 Diamondback Terrapins Visit Us Observation Tower Oh what a beautiful view If you are the type that truly appreciates a stunningly gorgeous view then you absolutely must visit our Observation Tower The most recognizable feature of The Wetlands Institute the tower stretches forty feet above the building to provide a view of the surrounding wetlands area and on a good day the loveable Jersey Shore from Sea Isle City to Wildwood As you climb the spiral stairs you will pass through our unique under the sea mural Once you get to the top of the tower however you are far from under the sea Visitors of all ages will be sure to enjoy this one of a kind truly serene view of the surrounding Jersey Shore Additional Information Elevated Marsh Walkway Our Dock Marshview Hall Diller Coastal Exhibit Building Salt Marsh Trail Email Updates Stay informed by signing up for our email updates Sign Up Now Recent Posts Front Desk Retail Sales May through September Great News for Terrapins A Record Breaking Sanderling Two Nations

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  • Adopt-Horseshoe-Crab-04 - The Wetlands Institute The Wetlands Institute
    Conservation Adopt A Terrapin Terrapin Conservation Terrapins What to do 25 Years of Terrapin Conservation and Research Bill to Reclassify Terrapins as Non game Species Terrapin Road Patrol Statistics Terrapins and Traps Terrapin Learning Activities 2011 Annual Report Excluder Devices Adopt A Terrapin Building Terrapin Barriers and Fences Monofilament Recycling Station Program Horseshoe Crab Conservation reTURN the Favor Conservation in Action Horseshoe Crab Spawning Surveys Response to Public Comment Post Sandy Emergency Restoration Adopt A Horseshoe Crab Stone Harbor Bird Sanctuary Restoration Junior Duck Stamps Bird Sightings at the WI New Jersey Adubon s World Series of Birding Online Pledge Form Donate a Fixed Amount Native Gardening and Landscaping Research Current and Past Programs Coastal Conservation Research Program 2015 Intern Symposium Partners Sponsors Stone Harbor Point Restoration Project Academic Affiliations of Student Researchers Asian Scholarship Program 2000 2010 Diamondback Terrapins Visit Us Adopt A Terrapin Adopt Horseshoe Crab 04 Horseshoe Crab eggs collected for rearing in our aquarium This entry was posted on Monday November 11th 2013 at 3 17 pm and is filed under You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2 0 feed Both comments and pings are currently closed The Wetlands Institute Community

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  • Adopt-Terrapin-02 - The Wetlands Institute The Wetlands Institute
    2015 Intern Symposium Osprey Camera Conservation Adopt A Terrapin Terrapin Conservation Terrapins What to do 25 Years of Terrapin Conservation and Research Bill to Reclassify Terrapins as Non game Species Terrapin Road Patrol Statistics Terrapins and Traps Terrapin Learning Activities 2011 Annual Report Excluder Devices Adopt A Terrapin Building Terrapin Barriers and Fences Monofilament Recycling Station Program Horseshoe Crab Conservation reTURN the Favor Conservation in Action Horseshoe Crab Spawning Surveys Response to Public Comment Post Sandy Emergency Restoration Adopt A Horseshoe Crab Stone Harbor Bird Sanctuary Restoration Junior Duck Stamps Bird Sightings at the WI New Jersey Adubon s World Series of Birding Online Pledge Form Donate a Fixed Amount Native Gardening and Landscaping Research Current and Past Programs Coastal Conservation Research Program 2015 Intern Symposium Partners Sponsors Stone Harbor Point Restoration Project Academic Affiliations of Student Researchers Asian Scholarship Program 2000 2010 Diamondback Terrapins Visit Us Adopt A Terrapin Adopt Terrapin 02 This entry was posted on Monday November 11th 2013 at 3 17 pm and is filed under You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2 0 feed Both comments and pings are currently closed The Wetlands Institute Community The Wetlands Institute is a

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