May 3rd Losen Slote Walk Moved to 9:00

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWe had two walks scheduled for Sunday May 3rd at Losen Slote – one at 8 and one at 10. We are combining the two sessions into one which will begin at 9:00 am. Meet in the public parking area near the tot lot (left side of the skating rink).

If you’ve never walked these woods before you are in for a treat. This type of woodland is rare in the meadowlands and contains many species not found nearby. Come see for yourself.

World Series of Birding Coming May 9th

WSB 2015For the fifth year in a row, a team representing the meadowlands will take part in the national World Series of Birding.
The World Series is the country’s largest and most prestigious birding competition and provides participants and sponsors with a fun and interactive way to raise money for critically needed conservation priorities.
Over the past thirty years, this event has brought birding to the attention of the media, and has raised close to $9 million for bird conservation.
Thanks to your support over the past four years we’ve been able to help complete some great projects in around DeKorte Park in Lyndhurst. Projects include establishing a new butterfly garden along Disposal Road and enhancing native plantings at the Kingsland Overlook and Harrier Meadow. (These projects also received funding from Bergen County Audubon Society.)
Our local team, known as the Meadowlands Marsh Hawks, consists of Mike Newhouse, Chris Takacs, and Mike Wolfe, three top-notch birders. Let’s support our local wildlife by supporting our local team!

The link to the Meadowlands Marsh Hawks page is here.

Forty-five Years Ago Today: The First Earth Day

The first Earth Day ~ April 22, 1970, NYC

The first Earth Day ~ April 22, 1970, NYC

“The idea came to Earth Day founder Gaylord Nelson, then a U.S. Senator from Wisconsin, after witnessing the ravages of the 1969 massive oil spill in Santa Barbara, California. Inspired by the student anti-war movement, he realized that if he could infuse that energy with an emerging public consciousness about air and water pollution, it would force environmental protection onto the national political agenda. Senator Nelson announced the idea for a ‘national teach-in on the environment’ to the national media; persuaded Pete McCloskey, a conservation-minded Republican Congressman, to serve as his co-chair; and recruited Denis Hayes as national coordinator. Hayes built a national staff of 85 to promote events across the land.” – The Earth Day Network

And it’s grown ever since. Celebrate with the NJSEA and BCAS by taking a guided nature walk in DeKorte Park in Lyndhurst starting at 10 am. Meet in the MEC parking lot.

Another historic nugget – Walter Cronkite reporting on the first Earth Day for CBS news April 22, 1970.

Tree Swallows!

_31A8838Hector Vilches took these amazing photos on our Sunday walk in DeKorte Park.
Thanks for sharing, Hector!

Harrier Meadow Walk Tomorrow

roy harrier 1The third Tuesday walk will be at Harrier Meadow tomorrow. Trails could be muddy after today’s rain. Temperature should be 60-62 degrees.

Meet at 10:00 in the Environment Center parking lot.  Please don’t drive directly to Harrier. We’ll car-pool to minimize the number of vehicles parked there. Construction work is still taking place along Disposal Road and at the PSE&G substation, so safety is our big concern. See you then!

More Fun for Beginning Birders

_DSC0461Part Two of the BCAS Birding for Beginners course was another hit yesterday afternoon! This time forty-two people listened as Don Torino talked about optics and field guides. Don called these the essential equipment for any birder. He encouraged folks to test binoculars themselves before buying. Audubon had several pairs on hand to loan for the walk.

Then we walked a loop around the Marsh Discovery Trail. It was chilly along the wide-open Shorewalk but warmer in the shelter of the phragmites. We saw an Osprey, Great Egret, a pair of Widgeons, several Red-wing Blackbirds, lots of Mallards, and a group of Ruddy Ducks, among others. We also saw two spotted turtles sunning themselves on a partially-submerged log.

Thanks to the BCAS volunteers who shared their expertise and energy.

Free Earth Day Walk at DeKorte Park

IMG_8753Wednesday, April 22, 10 am to noon

Celebrate Earth Day with the NJMC and BCAS. Join us on this free two-hour guided nature walk in DeKorte Park in Lyndhurst. We’ll tour parts of the park, looking for signs of spring. The swallows are swooping, the red-wing blackbirds are chattering and green is busting out all over! The walk starts at 10 am outside the Environment Center. To register, contact Don Torino of the BCAS at call or 201-230-4983 or register here please.

Birding for Beginners Part Two – Free!

birding-optics-2Sunday, April 19, 1 to 3 p.m.
Following the last week’s big turn-out for Part One of this  free course offered by the Bergen County Audubon Society, we’re anticipating a good showing for Part Two. We’ll start inside with a session on field guides and optics, from binoculars to spotting scopes, at the Environment Center Auditorium in DeKorte Park in Lyndhurst. Then we’ll take a walk in the park to practice our new birding skills. To register, contact Don Torino of the BCAS at call or 201-230-4983 or register here please.