One of our highly popular annual events is the June Native Plant Walk, featuring the exceptional Edith Wallace.
If you want to learn all about the native plants in DeKorte Park — and why native plants are so important — please join the Meadowlands Commission and the Bergen County Audubon Society at 10 a.m. on Sunday.
Edith asks that people on the walk refrain from any bird-watching. (Just kidding!)
Not to be missed…
Don Torino of Bergen County Audubon Society, one of the leaders of our many monthly walks, has a weekly column on the wildnewjersey.tv blog.
His latest is on Serviceberry:
"My favorite 'lazy man' birding spot is at Dekorte Park, where a large stand of serviceberries grows. You don’t need to walk and work up a sweat; there is a strategically placed bench right adjacent to the trees. You can sit back and enjoy the bird show.
"If you happen to get a little hungry while watching the vast numbers of birds, wolf down the berries since they are delicious to us too. You can find great recipes online for juneberry pancakes, pies and jams. Just don’t pick them in the park."
Here's the link.
We have tallies through May for the folks involved in the Meadowlands Big Year competition, and (Boy!) did some of the totals jump.
Congrats to all for competing. Great job! We hope you are having fun close to home, and seeing lots of great birds.
Keep in mind that some birders are in the Meadowlands all the time, and others get here occasionally, so their birdage may differ.
(These are unofficial numbers, and obviously change all the time.)
If you're name's not on the list, please e-mail Jim Wright at jim.wright (at) njmeadowlands.gov. It's not too late to participate!
The leader board follows (just to heighten the suspense).
NY1 did a nice segment recently on the NJMC's River Barge Park and our new season of pontoon boat eco-tours.
The link is here.