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Butterfly Day Is Back Sat. July 29!!!!!

Join the NJSEA and Bergen County Audubon Society for Butterfly Day, our most highly-anticipated family event of the summer! The FREE event at DeKorte Park in Lyndhurst includes butterfly walks and talks led by the BCAS, a Butterfly Costume Contest (ages 12 and under), face painting, crafts and Scavenger Hunt for kids, and more! Register here

See you on the 29th!

Marvelous Montages

Images of some of the native flowers in bloom in July at Richard W. DeKorte Park in the NJ Meadowlands: Swamp Milkweed, Trumpet Vine, Monardia, Woodland Sunflowers, Black-eyed Susans.

Regina Geoghan sent in montages of some native flowers and butterflies she photographed yesterday at DeKorte. Thanks Regina!! Looking forward to your photos on Butterfly Day!

A montage of four butterfly images taken at Richard W. DeKorte Park in the New Jersey Meadowlands: Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, Cabbage White, Eastern Tailed-Blue, Black Swallowtail,

Don Torino’s Life in the Meadowlands: Leave a Legacy, Take Someone Birding

Henry David Thoreau once said, “I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.”

I think in in one form or another all birders and for that matter all nature lovers hold words like those close to their hearts throughout their lives.

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Mill Creek Walk Photos Part 1 of 2

Thanks to Joe Koscielny who sent in these fantastic photos of a variety of species taken during yesterday’s Bergen County Audubon Society Mill Creek Marsh walk. We’ll have part two later. Our next walk is Sunday, Aug. 6, at DeKorte Park at 9 a.m. Don’t miss it!

Marsh Wren

Marsh Wren

Snowy Egret

Snowy Egret

Snowy Egrets

Semi-palmated Sandpipers

A Red-winged Blackbird’s Will to Survive

Check out this amazing sequence of a Red-winged Blackbird at DeKorte on Sunday making a valiant effort to get from dangerous waters to the safety of the shoreline.

The Archer family sent in the photos along with the following message:

On Sunday, our enjoyment of the Gazebo view turned to alarm, when we spotted a poor little swallow crying out, surrounded by vast water.

The swallow furiously flapped its wings, trying to “swim” in the direction of the faraway shore.  Many times the swallow fell under the water and we feared the worst.

We breathed sighs of relief, when the swallow emerged again. Its fellow swallows swooped, urging their friend to keep going, as we hoped and prayed from the Gazebo.

Tireless and determined, this little bird made it! What spirit!  What a will to survive!