Marco van Brabant writes:
Here are a few photos from last week. A blanket of snow will change the landscape of our beloved Meadowlands, but not as much as fog, which turns it into a different planet.
I find it a most awesome experience how it turns an area we know so well into isolated scenes.
Welcome to the second in a series of Tuesday Teaser’s devoted to Losen Slote Creek Park, the site of our fifth annual Super Bird Sunday Walk on Feb. 2.
Between now and then, we will offer a different Losen Slote-based Teaser presented by the Bergen County Audubon Society.
To participate, just e-mail your answer to the Teaser each week to Jim Wright at email@example.com by each Tuesday at midnight, with “Teaser” marked in the subject field. The person with the highest number of correct answers will win something or other.
Today’s Teaser is pictured at right. What is it?
MITSU YASUKAWA / RECORD STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
The Record had a nifty story by Staff Writer Minjae Park about the history of the Meadowlands, told through maps, and a talk on the subject by Frank Gerard Godlewski, a local historian and former Meadowlands Museum trustee.
A link is here.
Striking photographs of majestic birds and delicate, nature-inspired oil paintings by Kearny residents Nicole Zanetakos and Ben Faresich will line the halls of the New Jersey Meadowlands Commission’s (NJMC) Flyway Gallery this winter.
The exhibit, “The Inspiration of Daedalus,” runs from Monday, Dec. 9, through Friday, Feb. 28. A reception is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 14, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
In Greek mythology, Daedalus was a skillful craftsman, artisan, architect and inventor.
Zanetakos and Faresich are long-time visitors to DeKorte Park in Lyndhurst, the home of the NJMC, and have found inspiration for many of their works at the park.
“The Inspiration of Daedalus” includes Ben’s photographs of bird life from the Galapagos Islands (including the Magnificent Frigatebird (above) and Nicole’s expressive oil paintings and found wood objects.
The pair has recently curated several group exhibits and had their own works shown at galleries and studios in Hoboken, Newark and Miami. Continue reading
In case you missed it last Sunday, Don Torino of the Bergen County Audubon Society will give an encore presentation on the natural wonders of “Losen Slote Creek Park- Urban Wilderness” at the Little Ferry Free Public Library on Tuesday, Dec. 10, at 6 p.m.
The BCAS and the Meadowlands Commission offer several free walks in this under-appreciated gem. The goal of Don’s talk is help raise local awareness of the park.
The library is located at 239 Liberty Street. For more information, contact contact Don Torino of the BCAS at firstname.lastname@example.org or 201-230-4983.
Edith Wallace, who does such a great hob leading several nature walks for Bergen County Audubon Society and the Meadowlands Commission each year, was honored by the Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey on Wednesday night for her life-long contributions to environmental education.
Above, the five recipients (left to right): Pat Sutton of NJ Audubon, Tracy Leaver of the Woodlands Wildlife Refuge, Jo Ann Frier-Murza of the Endangered and Nongame Species Program, Edith, and Linda Mead of the D&R Greenway Land Trust.
That’s Edith at right with her award — a beautiful portrait of a Bald Eagle in flight.
The event also celebrated the 40th anniversary of the state and federal Endangered Species Acts.
Congratulations to Edith and the other wonderful recipients of the award.
In this week’s editions, the South Bergenite has a nifty story about Joe Macasek’s recent talk at the MEC about the old Schuyler Copper Mines in North Arlington. — one of the oldest copper mines in the United States.
It was also one of the first mines in the nation to use a steam engine to pump out water.
The link is here.
A link to a photo of one of the pieces of ore mined there is here.
The link top a 1947 newspaper article on the mine is here.
A link to a 2009 Meadowblog post about the mine and Schuyler Avenue is here.
Trying to find something on the blog — an upcoming walk, a certain photographer’s photos, posts on Muskrats, sightings of a favorite butterfly? Don’t forget that you can search 4.5 years of blog posts by using the Google search engine in the upper-right part of the blog. Let the searches begin.
Join the Meadowlands Commission and Bergen County Audubon Society for our final free guided walk of the year — at DeKorte Park on Tuesday, Dec. 17, from 10 a.m. to noon. We’ll look for winter waterfowl (including Canvasbacks, above) in the tidal impoundments and for raptors and whatever else we can find along Disposal Road.
Full listing follows. Continue reading
Dennis Cheeseman reports seeing an elusive Nelson’s Sparrow yesterday around lunch at Mill Creek Marsh. He saw it in the second cul de sac — see map below. (Enter from Bob’s Discount Furniture parking lot and take the first right, then follow map.)
This is where Chris Takacs saw an Orange-crowned last month.
Dennis also got a nice Hoodie shot at MCM yesterday, which follows. (Thanks, Dennis.) Continue reading