Description: Stone Harbor Point and Nummy Island are located just north of Hereford Inlet on the Atlantic side of the Cape May peninsula. Both spots are easily accessible from major roads leading to and going through the New Jersey barrier islands.
Stone Harbor Point is the southernmost part of the town of Stone Harbor, which is on a barrier island. It has a sandy shoreline with silty mudflats and little eddies and pools on the inland side of the island. There is access to the Point from a parking lot with an approximately 200-meter walk to the beach and flats. The birds spread out at low tide, so surveys should be done at high tide. The most numerous species from ISS maximum count data are: SAND (1,634), SESA (100), REKN (47), RUTU (34) and SBDO (35).
Nummy Island is an undeveloped island in the salt marsh system that lies just behind Stone Harbor Point. It consists of about 350 acres of mostly salt marsh with mixed sand and mud flats and pools. It also includes an intermittent sandbar (underwater at high tide) near the intra-coastal waterway channel between itself and Stone Harbor. Shorebirds use the site for feeding and resting. They can be found on the channel sandbar, salt marsh pool areas and spartina fields. Major shorebird habitats are on the tidal thoroughfare sandbar and salt marsh. Nummy Island is owned by Lower Township and the channel sandbar is state marine property. Ocean Drive provides easy access to the island. Most numerous species from ISS maximum count data are: AMOY (254), BBPL (222), DUNL (2,241), REKN (125), SBDO (135) and SESA (184).
Survey Method: Ground surveys on Nummy Island and Stone Harbor Point. Survey Stone Harbor Point at high tide by walking to the flats and beach. Nummy Island can be accessed from Ocean Drive, but there is no place to park. Pull off to side of road to survey and be careful of traffic.
Selection Bias: None.
Measurement error: *
Measurement bias: *
Pilot Studies: None needed.
Local Contacts: Nellie Tsipoura, Director of Citizen Science, NJ Audubon
Dave Mizrahi, VP for Research, NJAS Cape May Bird Observatory
George Dawson, ISS Cooperator