RED BANK, NJ – We are truly blessed to live in the area comprised of the Navesink and Shrewsbury Rivers.

Have you noticed the abundance of snowy egrets, the long legged Great Blue Herons, the huge white Mute Swans along with their cygnets?

Ever watch the “Top Gun” ospreys as they scour the surface of the river and then dive from above, reversing in flight to scoop up a small moss bunker with their talons?  And somehow, the caught fish always faces forward!

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When Fall comes, we see a huge migration of ducks that include Brandt, Bufflehead, Greater Scaup and many others.

Even an eagle makes an appearance now and then.

And why do these creatures come here?  To feed of course.

There is a direct relationship between a healthy river that produces a food source for all types of wildlife.  And for the rivers to remain healthy, it takes vigilance.

Rally for the Navesink is looking for Volunteers for the Navesink River Citizen Water Monitoring Program.

Rally for the Navesink is a coalition of groups dedicated to improving and maintaining water quality in the Navesink River watershed through research, education and policy.

Their approach is very simple: Find it and Fix it.

It’s a grass roots approach with a “no-blame game” that seeks to reduce pollution to the river and to instill communitywide “watershed mindfulness,” by tracking down the sources of pollution in the 95 square mile watershed.

The program is in its third year and works in partnership with Clean Ocean Action, the NJ Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) and the Navesink River Municipalities Committee.  They coordinate a citizen-science water quality program to identify sources of pathogen pollution through the Navesink River watershed.

They are seeking additional citizen volunteers to participate in weekly water quality sampling and are a holding training session.

When: Thursday, July 25th

Time: 7:00-8:00 pm

Where: Bingham Hall (40 Bingham Ave, Rumson, NJ)

To RSVP: email outreach@CleanOceanAction.org, call 732-872-0111, or RSVP on Facebook.

So, sign up to volunteer and be part of the greater good in helping to keep that wildlife a comin’!

Be sure to check out the carousel of pictures of wildlife on the Navesink River.

To read previous TAPinto articles on Rally for the Navesink, click HERE and HERE.

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