New Jersey Audubon has enjoyed a 30-year relationship as a Park Partner with the National Park Service through the Sandy Hook Hawk Watch (beginning in 1979). Our long-term involvement and presence have given us the opportunity to observe and document the changes and impacts that have affected Sandy Hook.
Our concern regarding the proposed relocation of the maintenance facilities stems from our awareness that Sandy Hook has grown from a 1,665-acre barrier peninsula to more than 2,100-acres that provide spectacular, undeveloped ocean and bay beaches found nowhere else in Monmouth County. Preservation and protection of these habitats must be a priority, along with the recreational opportunities provided to the birding community and the public in general. If you would like more information on Sandy Hook, its natural resources and NJ Audubon's position to protect and preserve Sandy Hook, please read our letter to the National Park Service.