Scott Morris Productions
A documentary on the battle to protect the Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge in Morris County from plans to build a 10,000-acre jetport on the property in the early 1960s will air this week on NJTV.
The program is scheduled to air on Wednesday, Nov. 15, at 8 p.m. and at 2 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 17. The film earned a Best Documentary award at the 2017 New Jersey Film Festival.
The film chronicles the grassroots movement by a group of people to protect the landmark natural area from development. According to an article on northjersey.com, “The documentary features in-depth interviews with residents, historians and officials, and a tapestry of historic film footage, old photographs and high-end cinematography of the Great Swamp today.”
For more information on the film, click here
The Record ran a nice article yesterday on the storied history of the Atlantic White Cedars that once populated the Mill Creek Marsh in Secaucus and the remaining Cedar stumps. Check it out here
Please note: The William D. McDowell Observatory is closed until further notice for repair work. We apologize for any inconvenience.
Last Flowers of Summer at DeKorte: Butterfly Bush 11.8.17
A few weeks ago I met someone who is a frequent visitor to one of our Bergen Audubon butterfly gardens . She sat back in her chair and looked at me with sad eyes and said, “Don, things are not good at the butterfly garden.” Needless to say I immediately became alarmed and many catastrophic scenarios began to race through my head.
Was there vandalism? Did a heard of ravenous deer take up residence? Did the groundhogs and bunnies form an evil alliance against the garden making all our hard work for naught? So, it was with great anxiety that I finally got up the nerve to ask the question “What Happened?”
It was then that my fellow lover of the garden looked up at me again with her big, almost teary eyes and said, “the flowers are almost gone, Summer is over.”
Thanks to Don Torino for the great bird watchers photo above, including a father-daughter birder combo, taken during this past Sunday’s (Nov.5) BCAS Nature Walk at DeKorte Park. Many thanks also Joe Koscielny for the great shots of the variety of species seen on Sunday below.
Don’t miss the next Bergen County Audubon Society Meadowlands Nature Walk, on Tuesday, Nov. 21, from 10 am to noon at Mill Creek Marsh in Secaucus. They’ll be looking for sparrows and other fall migrants. For more info contact Don at firstname.lastname@example.org or 201-230-4983.
Dee De Santis took these great photos during yesterday’s BCAS guided nature walk at DeKorte Park. We’ll have more to follow. Thanks Dee!
We’ll start the week with this photo of a Hermit Thrush that Rich Brown took on Saturday in Losen Slote Creek Park in Little Ferry. Thanks Rich!
Join the Bergen County Audubon Society this Sunday, Nov. 5, for a nature walk at DeKorte Park in Lyndhurst from 10 am to noon. The walk meets outside the Meadowlands Environment Center, 2 DeKorte Park Plaza. They’ll be looking for fall migrants and numerous ducks including Ruddies and Pintails.
For more info contact Don Torino at email@example.com or 201-230-4983.
It is just about the time of year for my phone to start ringing with calls that begin much like this: “Help there is a hawk in my yard eating the birds at my feeder! What should I do?” My answer is usually the same and often not much appreciated by the frantic caller. “ It’s okay. Tat is why they call them bird feeders.”
Its right about then there is a dead silence for a second or two, and if they didn’t hang up on me by then I try to explain that is tough sometimes seeing some of your favorite birds becoming breakfast, but you are witnessing nature at its best.
Due to the weather conditions and forecast, tonight’s (Nov. 1) viewing session at the William D. McDowell Observatory in DeKorte Park in Lyndhurst has been cancelled. The next open public viewing night is Wednesday, Nov. 8, from 8 to 10:30 pm