Monthly Archives: January 2009


Bald eagle
   We have had quite a few Bald eagle sightings in and around DeKorte Park in the past couple of weeks. Ada Baisre actually got a photo of one. Thanks for sharing, Ada.

HELP WANTED: Meadowlands Oral Histories

   The NJMC wants you!!
   As we celebrate our 40th Anniversary, the Meadowlands Commission is looking for input from the public.

    The oral history project provides an opportunity for members of the community Mosquito 1900 Dike Sepiato contribute their recollections about the Meadowlands District, and help us tell the full story of this incredible place.

    To participate, we invite you to share your memories of this area – either in writing, or on film or by audio. If you want to send us an e-mail, or a video or audio clip, or copy of an archival photo, please use the address listed below.

    You can also send us a letter the “old fashioned” way, to our headquarters in DeKorte Park (also below). Please include a self-addressed stamped envelope if you want any material to be returned.

     Whatever form you choose, we’d love to hear from you! The stories we collect will be posted at this link on our Web site for everyone to enjoy and may be compiled into a book, later in the year.

    Thanks for your interest – we look forward to sharing the results!

     E-mails, audio and  video files and digital images of archival photos should be sent to:

By snail mail:

Donna Bocchino, One DeKorte Park Plaza, Lyndhurst, NJ 07071

WALK OF THE MONTH: Jan. 26, reminder

   The Meadowlands Commission's free Walk of the Month for January is on Monday at 10 a.m. We hope to see some raptor action like we saw on Tuesday,when a Rough-legged Hawk tangled with a Redtail.
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    We are lining up other free Walks of the Month, including:
    Friday, Feb. 13: Great Backyard Count Walk, with light refreshments afterward. 10 a.m., DeKorte Park, Lyndhurst
   Sunday March 29: Birding for Beginners, talk and walk, 1 p.m., Meadowlands Environment Center, DeKorte Park. In conjunction with the Bergen County Audubon Society.
  Sunday, May 10: Mother's Day Walk at Ridgefield Nature Center and Skeetkill Marsh, in Ridgefield — with a look at the resident Monk Parakeets along the way.
In conjunction with the Bergen County Audubon Society.

   E-mail us to RSVP for any of these events or to be placed on our e-mail event list.  Stay tuned to this blog for announcements of other 40th anniversary events.

Another terrific dawn shot


    William R. Lynch took this sunrise shot recently.  His blog is here.

    We love for photographers to visit the Meadowlands and to see for themselves the amazing wildlife and vistas we have here. If you would like us to consider posting any of your photos, contact us here.

   Click "Continue reading …" to see another of William R. Lynch's Meadowlands shots.

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 1979 marina cropped This weekly feature is brought to you by the Meadowlands Commission's Parks Department to give you some historical background on how local places, landmarks, and geographical features  got their name.


    One of Secaucus' early grist mills, built around 1840, stood on the left bank of Mill Creek.  Bollard Detail top

    For half of the 20th Century, the property functioned as a marina, boat ramp and as a popular town pub, Tony’s Old Mill Inn, thought to  built on the remains of the former gristmill.

   The town purchased the property in 1990 for use as a park, and the Meadowlands Commission and the town developed it into a waterfront park. A millstone has been incorporated into the park's logo (right).

    Click "Continue reading …"  for more Mill Creek Point pics.

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TUESDAY TEASER 012009: Count the coots!

   The Kearny Marsh at Gunnell Oval was teeming with waterfowl late last week — Mallards, Canada Geese and a Northern Shoveler or two.
    Some American Coots were hanging out as well.
   How many are in this photo?
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    Click here for more Tuesday Teasers.

     E-mail us here if you would like more of this sort of Tuesday Teaser.

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CHECK OUT OUR SISTER BLOG - Windows Internet Explorer 1142009 110118 AM.bmp    In addition to the Meadowlands Blog, NJMC has its own Economic Growth and Sustainability Blog.
   Check it out here.

    Recent posts have been on such topics as Tips on Going Greener, a recent Sunday Opinion article in The Record by NJMC Executive Director Bob Ceberio, and news of a new Amtrak bridge to be built over the Hackensack River.

    The blog also features many helpful links and categories — must reading for any working or living or doing business in the Meadowlands.