We did find a lot of damaged Tree Swallow boxes. Note to the community groups who build these wonderful boxes: Please use stronger nails in the future! : – )
A dramatic before and after shot of one wrack-covered section of Mill Creek Marsh trail, taken by Megan Helsel, follows. (Thanks, Megan!)
Regina Geoghan volunteered to photograph the cleanup folks at work. (One of the pix is above.)
Here is the link. Click "slideshow" in upper right=hand corner of site for easy viewing. (Thanks, Regina!)
Above, a doll leg and a slightly disturbing doll that has seen better days. Below: A message in a bottle (to be opened once we get a pair of pliers and a Tetanus shot) and a Pocahontas mug with a hummingbird on the side. Bottom: Mystery test tube (we're not opening that, ever) and strange glass-like resin.
Thanks to everyone who helped collect this strange debris.
Our next volunteer cleanup is this Sunday, Nov. 25, at Mill Creek Marsh in Secaucus. Scroll down for details.
The Meadowlands Commission and the Bergen County Audubon Society wish to thank everyone who gave up their morning to spend time helping the Meadowlands bounce back from Hurricane Sandy. Thank you!
Our next cleanup is Sunday at Mill Creek Marsh. Scroll down for details.
Tomorrow: Photos of some of the weird and odd stuff we found during today's cleanup.
This beautiful 207-acre marsh and park (see photo above) had several downed trees and lots of washed-up debris from Hurricane Sandy, and we want return the site to a semblance of normal so it can be reopened soon — possibly next week.
Work crews have cut up fallen trees, cleaned up dead-Phragmites debris, called "wrack," and cleared many of the paths. Alas, much of the site is still strewn with litter of all sorts — and that's where the Meadowlands Commission and Bergen County Audubon need your help.
We will be picking up trash and recyclables – glass bottles, metal cans and plastics.
Participants must wear work gloves and protective clothing and footwear and sign a liability release.
The release will be available on Sunday, and is also ready for download now (upper left-hand corner of the blog).
The Meadowlands Commission is providing coffee and doughnuts to volunteers.
Directions to Mill Creek Marsh are listed on the left-hand side of the blog.
Participants must be at least 16 years old; 16- and 17-year-old participants must have the liability release signed by a parent or guardian.
If you would like to receive an e-mail notification of future cleanups, or get more information, please e-mail the NJMC’s Jim Wright at firstname.lastname@example.org. Also e-mail Jim if you plan to participate so he can plan accordingly.