Daily Archives: September 5, 2013

Our Next Walk: Harrier Meadow, Tues., Sept. 17

Our next free guided walk with Bergen County Audubon is on Tuesday, Sept. 17 from 10 a.m. to noon, and it’s a terrific Tuesday two-fer — a walk in Harrier Meadow, plus a bird-banding demonstration there by NJMC Naturalist Mike Newhouse.

Harrier Meadow — where we recently saw that wing-tagged Great Egret — is usually closed to the public, and Mike’s bird-banding demos are always the best. Mike banded the mystery warbler pictured above on Tuesday  — the same day we saw the tagged egret.

Details — and ID of mystery warbler — follow. Continue reading

The Record: Blueprint for Our Wetlands

Earlier this week The Record published a fascinating article by staff environmental writer Scott Fallon about the Meadowlands marshes.



Fallon writes:

“Once covered with tall reeds that choked out other vegetation, the 31-acre site was given a major face-lift in 2007 by scientists at the Meadowlands Environmental Research Institute.

“The reeds, called phragmites, were removed and the first 1½ feet of soil was dug up. Different species of native grass were planted on high marshes and narrow channels were opened for better water flow.

“The result: an explosion of birds, fish and insects that now call the marsh home.”

A link to the article is here. A link to an editorial based on the article is here.