New Jersey has a rich biodiversity that belies its small size and urban reputation. In every corner of our state, species of wildlife, considered rare and imperiled enough to be protected by state or federal law, are woven in to the tapestry of life in our state.Rare wildlife species live, much like New Jersey residents, in the mountains of the north, the pastoral farmland of central New Jersey, the bays and swamps along our coasts as well as on skyscrapers, bridges and at the edges of suburban subdivisions. These species live a challenged life where roads represent impenetrable obstacles, developments spell the demise of habitat and contamination in wetlands can wipe out an entire generation. It is our duty, and our privilege, to protect these species. We gather the best science, tried and true conservation techniques, innovative education activities and an engaged corps of willing volunteers in pursuit of the right combination of activities that will preserve a species before it disappears from our state; help another population recover or; highlight some bird, fish, mammal or insect that must be protected before it slides towards extinction. Our mission is to preserve rare and imperiled species of wildlife that live and breed in, and migrate through New Jersey. We do this by:

  • Carrying out research on species, populations and natural communities.

  • Implementing conservation plans on species or populations to stall declines and start recovery.

  • Restoring habitat so that it can be as productive as possible for wildlife and other natural communities.

  • Educating everyone who lives in New Jersey about our shared wild heritage and our shared responsibility to protect it.

  • Engaging partners to make us effective and efficient in the use of our resources.

  • Developing a committed corps of volunteers connected to our state’s wonderful biodiversity and working hard to protect it.


CWF is working with Mr. Fiorentino on a traveling exhibition of his artwork depicting some of New Jersey’s most endangered and vulnerable wildlife species. His evocative artwork inspires viewers through his lifelike depictions of rare wildlife in their natural surroundings. His watercolor paintings truly bring wildlife to life on paper. In doing so, his art helps to educate and engage viewers about the precipitous declines that many of these species have undergone. By putting a spotlight on these charismatic yet often-overlooked wildlife species, our partnership seeks to bring attention to the very tangible steps that people can take to save and strengthen these wildlife populations.

Rare Wildlife Revealed: The James Fiorentino Traveling Art Exhibition is sponsored by Omni Distribution, LLC, Flying Fish Brewing Company, Merrill G. & Emita Hastings Foundation, Studio 7 Fine Art Gallery, and Somerset Patriots.


D&R Greenway Land Trust
1 Preservation Place
Princeton, NJ 08540
September 6 - October 16, 2016

Studio 7 Fine Art Gallery
5 Morristown Road
Bernardsville, NJ 07924
November 1, 2016 - January 14, 2017

Mayo Performing Arts Center
100 South Street
Morristown, NJ 07960
January 17 - February 28, 2017

Flying Fish Brewing Company
900 Kennedy Blvd
Somerdale, NJ 08083
March 23, 2017
Special One Day Event

Salmagundi Club, Patrons' Gallery
47 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10003
April 3 - April 7, 2017

Hiram Blauvelt Museum
705 Kinderkamack Road
Oradell, NJ 07649
April 17 - July 31, 2017

Monmouth University - Pollak Gallery
400 Cedar Avenue
West Long Branch, NJ 07764
January 13 - February 19, 2018
Reception - February 9, 2018

Drew University – Korn Gallery
36 Madison Avenue
Madison, NJ 07940
May 21 - June 22, 2018