Daily Archives: May 5, 2011

Tree Swallow Boxes For Mill Creek Marsh!

The Tree Swallows of Mill Creek Marsh just got dozens of new housing units last week, thanks to the Secaucus Middle School Environmental Club.

The club spent a Saturday morning in March building 50 nesting boxes for the iridescent little bug-eaters.

The group installed the boxes, and then did a marsh cleanup with the Riverkeeper.

Earlier post is here. Great job, guys!

Next Wednesday: Moon Madness at the Observatory

Join Dr. John Sloan and NASA Ambassador and Educator, Laura Venner, for a free night of Moon Madness at the McDowell Observatory in DeKorte Park.

Gaze upon the first quarter Moon through our 20” Classical Cassegrain telescope, view rocks and soil samples from the Moon, and investigate meteorites from the American Museum of Natural History.

See Saturn along with some of his moons through the 20” telescope and learn why two of Saturn’s moons are very unique.

Date: Wednesday, May 11, Time: 8 -10 p.m.

Check-in at the NJMC Center for Environmental and Scientific Education.

Note: In order to access the observatory telescope, a visitor must be able to climb 25 steps (nine steps, a landing, 16 steps) in a spiral formation. The stairs have a railing on either side, with the railings approximately 2 feet apart. Please contact the Meadowlands Environment Center offices at least one week prior to visiting to request disability related accommodations for equal access.

For more information about this program , visit the Observatory’s website here or call 201-460-8300.

Moon Madness—May 11, 2011

Our Latest South Bergenite Nature Column

Jim Wright, who keeps this blog for the Meadowlands Commission, also write a column for The South Bergenite on the first and third Thursdays of the month. Here is his latest:

   Late next week, just after the stroke of midnight, four intrepid birdwatchers will begin a 24-hour-long quest to see how many species of birds they can see or hear in Bergen County.
   The quartet – Mike Newhouse of the New Jersey Meadowlands Commission (above), Chris Takacs of Lyndhurst, Mike Britt of Bayonne and Vince Koczurik of Easton, Pa. – are the Meadowlands Marsh Hawks, one of roughly 50 teams competing in the 28th annual World Series of Birding.  I will be going along for the ride — as designated driver and photographer.
    For birders, this is prime time.
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