Cape May National Wildlife Refuge
Cape May view of the Cape May National Wildlife Refuge © TNC/Erika Nortemann

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Protecting Cape Viking

We're thrilled to announce the protection of 477 acres in Cape May that will serve as an important addition to the Cape May National Wildlife Refuge.

TNC in New Jersey partnered with the American Littoral Society, NJDEP Green Acres Program, Ducks Unlimited, US Fish and Wildlife Service and the Open Space Institute to protect the largest privately-owned property remaining on the Cape May Peninsula, one of North America’s most important migratory stopovers and world-renowned ecotourism destinations for birding and outdoor recreation.

The acquisition, the culmination of more than ten years of effort by many dedicated people and organizations, was turned over to US Fish and Wildlife Service to be added to the Cape May National Wildlife Refuge

Globally, The Nature Conservancy has led the way in saving many of the most iconic landscapes on Earth. We have helped to protect more than 119 million acres of land, to conserve thousands of river miles and to develop more than 100 marine projects. Building from our past and working with governments, corporations, other partners and you, we can protect more nature between today and 2025 than we have in our history.

Aerial view of Cape Viking
Cape Viking Aerial view of the 477-acre addition to the Cape May National Wildlife Refuge. © TNC

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The Cape May Peninsula is one of North America’s most important migratory stopovers and world-renowned ecotourism destinations for birding and outdoor recreation.

The gallery below  is a sampling of the diverse wildlife that depend on the lands and waters of the refuge, which is visited by 317 bird species, 42 mammal species, 55 reptile and amphibian species, and large variety of marine life.