Thank You BCAS!

The NJSEA sends a big thank you to the Bergen County Audubon Society for its donation of $500 to be used toward enhancements and improvements to DeKorte Park in Lyndhurst!

The BCAS has donated more than $25,000 to the agency over the past 10 years for improvements to DeKorte and  Mill Creek Marsh in Secaucus, among other Meadowlands parks and natural areas.

This year the BCAS has donated a total of $10,000 for vegetation enhancement of the Kingsland Overlook in DeKorte. The ongoing project includes the removal of invasive species and replanting with native trees, shrubs, flowers and grasses that will attract a variety of wildlife.

Thank you again BCAS for all you do for the Meadowlands!!!

Tomorrow: BCAS Harrier Meadow Walk!

Join the Bergen County Audubon Society tomorrow (Oct. 17) from 10 am to noon for a guided walk of Harrier Meadow in North Arlington. The beautiful 70-acre natural area is normally closed to the public. We’ll be looking for for fall migrants, waterfowl, shorebirds and more.

For more info contact Don Torino at or 201-230-4983.

Don Torino’s Life in the Meadowlands: Keeping a Birding Journal

Maybe it’s that I am getting older or maybe it’s just that I seem to enjoy reminiscing more these days about the special birds and people that I have enjoyed over life’s journey. Whatever the reason might be, lately I have begun to think much more about the importance of keeping up my birding journal.

Now I must confess that I am not much of a list person even though I know in some birding circles that is frowned up to say the least. Maybe it’s because I am just not that organized of a person, but creating an actual bird life list seems to me personally as just that, a grocery list of birds and not much else.

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Meadowlands Birding Festival Recap

We are thrilled to report that Saturday’s Meadowlands Birding Festival was a great success! Nearly 500 people came to DeKorte Park for a day of bird walks, talks and kid’s activities, as well as birding boat trips at River Barge Park in Carlstadt.

The walks traversed DeKorte Park as well as Harrier Meadow and the Kingsland Landfill, areas not normally opened to the public. Keynote speaker/award-winning field guide author Richard Crossley led one of the walks and gave a captivating program on waterfowl. The live raptor presentation by the Avian Wildlife Center was another hit.

Special thanks go to the volunteers that made it all possible, including those from the Bergen County Audubon Soceiety, the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority and the Hackensack Rivererkeeper; especially BCAS President Don Torino, the driving force behind the festival.

Thanks also to our guest speakers Don Smith, Jim Wright, Ron Shields and Dr. Francisco Artigas; participating nature groups (Tenafly Nature Center, Teaneck Creek Conservancy, The New Weis Center for Education, Arts & Recreation, Greenbrook Sanctuary); and Belleville Troop #350 for providing food.

Also thanks to the Meadowlands Environment Center educators who kept kids enthralled in activities such as All About Eggs and Avian Adaptations.

The Record did a great story on the event too.

Below is a sampling of photos from the day.