Daily Archives: October 8, 2014

Caterpillars Count; Milkweed Matters

The headline kind of gives it away, but what do these three things have in common?¬† All photographed last week, when we had lots of those orange butterflies in Jill’s Garden in DeKorte.

SB Article on Marsh Discovery Trail Reopening

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NJMC Senior Landscape Architect Lisa Cameron, left, with visitors to the Marsh Discovery Trail in DeKorte Park in Lyndhurst on Wednesday, Sept. 24. The trail was reopened on Wednesday following repairs to extensive damage incurred during Superstorm Sandy and Hurricane Irene. Shown is damage after hurricane Sandy. The Marsh Discovery Trail is now fully functional for the first time since Hurricane Irene.

NJMC Senior Landscape Architect Lisa Cameron, left, with visitors to the Marsh Discovery Trail in DeKorte Park in Lyndhurst. The trail was reopened on Wednesday following repairs to extensive damage incurred during Superstorm Sandy and Hurricane Irene.

The current editions of the South Bergenite feature an article on the much-anticipated reopening of the DeKorte¬† Parks’ Marsh Discovery Trail.

Here’s the beginning of the story:

The long-awaited reopening of the Marsh Discovery Trail, the most popular walkway in DeKorte Park in Lyndhurst, took place last week on Sept. 24.

The trail originally built in 1991 for $373,000 incurred more than $355,000 worth of damage during Hurricane Irene in 2011 and Superstorm Sandy in 2012. The trail had not been fully functional and closed since Hurricane Irene. The Marsh Discovery Trail allows nature lovers to get close up and personal with aquatic and bird life of the wetlands. Thousands of nature lovers, bird watchers, school children and those simply looking for a tranquil place for relaxation and reflection meander the half-mile boardwalk that takes them through the wetlands.

The link is here.

Thapthucker @ River Barge Park

Dennis Cheeseman photographed this Yellow-bellied sapsuckerSapsucker at River Barge Park in Carlstadt at 7 a.m. today.

Lots of good birds, including a banded Peregrine Falcon, have been seen at this Hackensack River Park of late.

Sorry about that Daffy Duck-style pronunciation in the headline. It was for emphasis.

(Thanks, Dennis!)

Our Next Walk Is Tues., Oct. 21

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Our next walk wDSCN0007ith Bergen County Audubon Society is at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 21, at Losen Slote Creek Park in Little Ferry, where we’ll look for fall migrants and take a gander at the new butterfly garden (right).

To see what we saw on October Losen Slote walk last fall, click here.

(We saw the thrush, above, on our October Losen Slote walk two years ago.)

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Two Mill Creek Reptiles from Sunday

We know some folks freak out at the sight of a snake — even an image of a snake — so you’ll have to scroll down to see these two snakes photographed on Sunday at Mill Creek Marsh by Rich Romano.

We are thinking that one is a Garter Snake and the other is a (correction) Eastern Milk Snake… Both are non-poisonous and beneficial to humans. Feel free to add any insights…

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iPhone DeKorte Stormy Weather Pix

DeKorte Moody

Jill Homcy writes:

I stopped at DeKorte after work after last Wednesday’s storm to take a quick walk on the Marsh Discovery Trail. Was afraid it was going to rain again so I just took some pics with my iphone.

(Thanks, Jill!)