Daily Archives: August 31, 2011

DeKorte Rescue: Part One (Before the Storm)

Paula Dias writes:

"During my walk thru Dekorte Park on Thursday, I stumbled upon two pair of baby (snapping?) turtles.

At first they just looked like mud clumps, but then saw they were turtles! They were on the path, facing away from the water, headed for the road!

We picked them up and put them closer to the water, out of tire-tread harm. (Thanks, Paula! The baby snapping turtles thank you, too.)

Two more pix follow.

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Teaser Answer: More Than You Probably Thought

This young Peregrine Falcon is one of four birds on the State's Endangered Species List that nest in the Meadowlands.

Here's the full monte of nesting Meadowlands birds on the state's Endangered, Threatened, and Species of Special Concern lists:

Endangered ( 4):  Pied-billed Grebe, Peregrine Falcon, Least Tern, Northern Harrier.

Threatened (4):  Osprey, Savannah Sparrow, Yellow-crowned Night Heron, Black-crowned Night Heron.

Special Concern (10): American Kestrel, Barn Owl,Brown Thrasher, Common Gallinule (moorhen), Common Nighthawk, Horned lark, Least Bittern, Saltmarsh  Sparrow, Spotted Sandpiper, Virginia Rail.