N.J. Conservationist to Focus on Wildlife Stories and
Protection Efforts at MCCC Feb. 15


Margaret O'Gorman, executive director of the Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey, will speak on "Endangered Species" at MCCC on Thursday, Feb. 15 at 12 noon. Her lecture, which is presented free to the public as part of Mercer's Distinguished Lecture Series, will include fantastic stories of New Jersey wildlife and the people who are committed to preserving it. It will be held on the college's West Windsor campus in the Communications Building, CM109, 1200 Old Trenton Road.

Observes O'Gorman, "Despite its urban image and turnpike jokes, New Jersey is home to a vast diversity of wildlife. Over 70 of these species are listed as threatened or endangered and are protected by state and federal law. This rich diversity of wildlife lives in close proximity to human development, so there is always a possibility that you are living, working or traveling near a species that is rare, endangered and protected."

Margaret O'Gorman, executive director of the Conserve Wildlife Foundation of NJ,
will speak at Mercer on Feb. 15.

The Conserve Wildlife Foundation (CWF) of New Jersey is a private, not-for-profit organization dedicated to conserving and protecting New Jersey's endangered and threatened wildlife through public education initiatives and fundraising. According to O'Gorman, the CWF's primary goal is to support the mission of the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife's Endangered and Nongame Species Program, which employs a team of biologists to study and monitor nearly 500 wildlife species found in the Garden State, especially those listed as endangered. The Endangered and Nongame Species Program receives no dedicated funding from the state budget, relying instead on contributions from the CWF, from drivers who purchase "Conserve Wildlife" license plates, and from taxpayers who designate contributions when filing their state income tax returns.

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