This 83-acre project on Nature Conservancy-owned land will restore a native coastal plain forest along Delaware Bay. In all, just under 31,000 seedlings were planted over a three-year period to improve habitat for forest interior-dwelling birds and other wildlife by reducing fragmentation, enlarging forest patches, improving inter-forest corridors, and buffering sensitive coastal wetlands and the Delaware Bay estuary from anthropogenic nutrients and sediment runoff. Delaware Bayshore coastal forests, such as those at Milford Neck, are especially important to declining neotropical migratory songbird populations, because they are known to have high densities of forest interior-dwelling bird species. With limited inventorying complete, more than 100 species of birds have been sighted at Milford Neck, several of them on various state and regional priority lists. Partners include: The Nature Conservancy, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, US Fish and Wildlife Service, and Delaware Dept. of Ag. Forest Service.
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