- Go Wild for NJ Bobcats
Go Wild for NJ Bobcats
Help Save New Jersey's Endangered Bobcats!
Please join Cherrybrook in celebrating Earth Month by helping rally support for New Jersey's last remaining wild felines. Classified in the same Felidae family as our beloved pet cats--and endangered here in our home state--bobcats need lots of habitat to survive.
We're helping raise awareness of The Nature Conservancy's habitat protection project in northwestern New Jersey, called Bobcat Alley, and encouraging local cat and animal lovers to donate to help fund this critical land conservation vision.
Here are four ways you can help:
1. Donate to The Nature Conservancy's Bobcat Alley project. This nature non-profit is working to protect a 32,000-acre habitat corridor for bobcats between the Appalachian Mountains and the Highlands. Once complete, Bobcat Alley will also connect to hundreds of thousands of acres of preserved land in NJ, PA, and NY. Plush bobcat gift for donations of $100 or more--online or in-store.
2. Enter The Nature Conservancy's Go Wild for New Jersey Bobcats Sweepstakes for a chance to win a year's worth of Blue Buffalo cat food, a basket of kitty toys-n-treats, and a $100 Cherrybrook gift certificate. Be sure to upload a photo or video of your pet cat "acting wild" to the sweepstakes' feisty feline gallery too! (Photo upload is optional. No purchase necessary to enter.)
3. Youngsters can help--for each bobcat coloring page completed and turned in, Cherrybrook will donate $1 to The Nature Conservancy's Bobcat Alley. Coloring pages are free and available at all Cherrybrook store locations.
4. Visit one of the two Nature Conservancy preserves that anchor Bobcat Alley. Johnsonburg Swamp and Blair Creek are both prime bobcat territory and offer great hiking and gorgeous vistas. (Dogs must be leashed and picked up after!)
Bobcats were almost extinct in New Jersey in the 1970s, but thanks to ongoing conservation efforts have been making a slow comeback here. These native cats roam an average of seven miles a day, so they require lots of land. And with car strikes factoring as the leading cause of bobcat mortality in the state, the more connected habitat they have, the better.
The Nature Conservancy is working to make Bobcat Alley a protected corridor where bobcats can thrive, but with land at a premium in New Jersey, they can't do it without your help. Small contributions really do add up--please donate in store or online to help build Bobcat Alley for our wild and local feline friends.
Photo credit: Jeff Wendorff.