Plants of Southern New Jersey Plant Guide
Learn more about the plants of our region. Presently approximately 200 plants are profiled, and it is continually being expanded.

CU works to increase public awareness of the outstanding resources that our rivers possess. Educational presentations have been delivered to service clubs, civic organizations, schools, church groups, county chambers of commerce and scouting groups. (Nature Programs, Presentations & Workshops) In a single year over 1200 people attended Citizens United presentations. But a river tour remains the most effective means of fostering an appreciation for local waterways. Spend an afternoon or a day exploring the Maurice and see if you agree! Check out the Down Jersey - Celebrating our Sense of Place Teachers' Curriculum.

Every river has a history--a compilation of stories and lore that give the river a life intertwined with the people who know it best.  Citizens United to Protect the Maurice River and Its Tributaries, Inc. has a River Recollections Project that explores the stories of the river.  This is a living document and you may submit your stories in our mail bag.  To take an historic adventure along the river reaches click here to use our interactive map. To read our osprey nest anecdotes, click here.

Citizens United involves groups and individual members in hands-on habitat projects. It is not uncommon to see our members knee deep in the marsh, building osprey platforms or hanging wood duck boxes. Our osprey colony project has the greatest fledgling productivity in the State of New Jersey. We also construct nests for various government and private organizations.

Herpetological Associates, Inc. recording snake data


Another major focus of CU’s work is wildlife and habitat study. Numerous studies of flora and fauna in the Maurice River Watershed have been funded in part or entirely by CU. We hire ornithologists annually to conduct raptor and waterfowl surveys. Documentation for Citizens United studies is forwarded to state and federal natural resource agencies. This information, along with results of surveys and studies conducted by others, is housed in our growing library/resource collection.

Go directly to the 2013 25-Year Raptor and Waterbird Studies on the Maurice River Reports here:
Short Form
Long Form

For ALL Studies, click here.