The Meadowlands edition of the Christmas Bird Count is on Sunday.
A couple of Meadowlands Commission staffers will be pulling a 12-hour shift to survey areas typically inaccessible to the public.
Overall, 15 birders will cover a 15-mile radius. We will try to print some pics and highlights some time on Monday, with the full list to follow later in the month.
Day One of the conference here at DeKorte Park covered a lot of topics, including updates on the breeding populations of egrets, herons and cormorants in the New York Harbor region.
Though these populations fluctuate from year to year, Black-Crowned Night Herons and Double-crested Cormorants seem to be doing particularly well.
Greatest threats to breeding habitat: Invasive plant species and Asian Longhorn Beetles (infested trees must be cut down).
The Harbor Herons Project expects to post all of the proceedings from the two-day conference online. We will link to them as soon as they are posted.