Daylilies at DeKorte

A view of a daylily field at Richard W. DeKorte Park in Lyndhurst New Jersey.

A view of a daylily field at Richard W. DeKorte Park in Lyndhurst New Jersey.

As we reach mid-afternoon and head toward the homestretch for the week, here are some beautiful daylilies from DeKorte photographed by Regina Geoghan. Thanks Regina!

Have a great weekend everyone!

Jill’s Garden Visitors

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We’ve been getting great photos from Mickey Raine lately of birds at the fountain at Jill’s Garden in DeKorte Park. More are below. But we thought it important to also let you know about the origin of Jill’s Garden. The area honors the memory of Jill Ann Ziemkiewicz, a Rutherford native and the youngest member of the flight crew assigned to TWA flight 800, which fell into the ocean off Long Island on July 17,1996. Read more about Jill’s Garden here

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A Great Morning At Mill Creek Point Park

Diamondback Terrapin

Diamondback Terrapin

This Tuesday’s BCAS nature walk at Mill Creek Point Park in Secaucus proved extremely fruitful. Mickey Raine photographed an abundance of species.

Don’t forget our next guided walk is Sunday, July 3, at DeKorte Park in Lyndhurst, from 10 a.m. to noon. The walk will focus on birds and butterflies. For more information contact greatauk4@gmail.com or call 201-230-4983.

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Double Crested Cormorant

Double Crested Cormorant

Double Crested Cormorant

Double Crested Cormorant

Great Black-backed Gull

Great Black-backed Gull

Marsh Wren

Marsh Wren

Egret

Egret

Red-tailed hawk

Red-tailed hawk

Don Torino’s Life in the Meadowlands: Weird and Wild Pokeweed

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According to the 1969 hit song by  Tony Joe White, “Poke Salad Annie,” Annie would go down to the truck patch and pick a mess of poke salad, but unfortunately later in the song a gator eats her Granny.  Despite Granny’s bad luck, Pokeweed is an amazing native plant that is an important food source for our birds and should have a place in our  wildlife habitats.

Pokeweed (Phytolacca Americana), also known as Pokeberry, Pokeroot and Pigeon Berry, is an herb native to New Jersey which grows just about anywhere, from waste areas to any backyard that has birds passing through it. It is a good bet that if you walked out to your backyard or took a stroll down the corner right now that you would find some Pokeweed growing around, in between or next to something in your neighborhood. I first thought it gots its name Pokeweed because it pokes its head everywhere in my backyard, between my milkweeds, in my honeysuckle you name it. But it is okay with me and especially okay with many bird species .

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Kudos to Wyckoff Girl Scouts!

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Wanted to take the opportunity to commend and congratulate Wyckoff Girl Scout Troop 94686, who just dedicated a new butterfly garden in their town, the culmination of a year’s worth of work. The garden is located in Russell Farms Community Park in the township.

The girls earned their Bronze Awards for creating the garden that will grow Milkweed, the sole plant that provides food for caterpillars that turn into Monarch butterflies and the only place adult Monarchs will lay eggs.

As one scout said, “The monarchs are so pretty and graceful. They are a symbol of happiness and hope.” Read an article on the scouts here.

The Battle Against Invasive Species

Michael Limatola, marsh warden at the Celery Farm in Allendale, pointing out the invasive plant porcelain berry.

Michael Limatola, marsh warden at the Celery Farm in Allendale, pointing out the invasive plant porcelain berry.

There’s a good article in today’s Record outlining the damage that invasive plant species do to the environment and the struggle that naturalists face in convincing the public to purchase native species and pushing nurseries to ban the sale of invasives. Read the article here.

Planting Milkweed On A Monday Morning

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We braved the heat Monday morning heat to plant some of the more than 50 plant species donated by the Bergen County Audubon Society (thanks BCAS!!) at the Kingsland Overlook in DeKorte Park. In these photos NJSEA Senior Natural Resources Specialist Gaby Bennett-Meany works with a landscaper to plant Milkweed, which attracts butterflies.

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