The goal is to see as many different bird species as possible in the 14 towns of the Meadowlands District over the course of 2013 — and also to have fun birding.
To ensure a level playing field, all birds must be seen in areas open to the public, or on guided walks or banding events in such places as Harrier Meadow or the back of the Kingsland Landfill.
Free public access is from 8 to 10 on Monday and Wednesday nights this month — weather permitting, of course.
Dress for the weather; with the dome open, you are basically outside.
Each evening at least two major objects in the night sky will be viewed, plus one or two other celestial objects or events depending on the observing conditions.
For a South Bergenite column by the NJMC’s Jim Wright about the observatory, click here.
For more information about Observatory programming, click here.
The rare double-species warbler above was banded last week by the NMC’s Mike Newhouse and his awesome crew. What are the two species? (It is a tiny bit of a trick question.)
To give you an added incentive, we are offering a prize to the person who correctly identifies the most birds over the nine weeks. (In the case of a tie, the winner’s name will be drawn from a cap.)
The prize? Rick Wright of WINGS Birding Tours is graciously donating a copy of “The Warbler Guide” by Tom Stephenson and Scott Whittle.
Some of the nine total birds will be easy, some tough. Please e-mail your bird-ID to Jim Wright each Tuesday by midnight (just click” e-mail us” in the left-hand column). The “comments” section of each of the nine Tuesday Teasers will be closed (formatting willing) so that no one can post their answer.
To ensure a level playing field, the contest is closed to NJMC employees and banding volunteers.
Let the IDing begin.