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Middletown, N.J. – A four-year program has been initiated to re-establish the Northeastern Beach Tiger Beetle in New Jersey at Sandy Hook. Once abundant on beaches across the Northeast Atlantic coast, the rare beetle now occurs only in Massachusetts and along the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland and Virginia. A research team working with grant funding from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service released beetle larvae for this federally listed threatened species on SAHO beach areas that are managed for natural resources, and are a historic location for this species. The larvae were collected from the Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge in Massachusetts. To learn more about the tiger beetle, visit this factsheet provided by the USFWS.
About Gateway National Recreation Area
Gateway is a large diverse urban park with 27,000 acres spanning Sandy Hook in N.J. and Jamaica Bay and Staten Island in N.Y. It offers green spaces, beaches, wildlife and outdoor recreation, all alongside historic structures and cultural landscapes. It is the 4th most visited National Park Service unit with more than 9.2 million annual visitors. For more information about Gateway, visit www.nps.gov/gate.
Last updated: May 14, 2020