Monthly Archives: June 2018

Tree Swallows Love Their Meadowlands Home

Tree Swallows have happy homes once again in the Meadowlands this year thanks to the hard work of NJSEA naturalists who installed the boxes prior to the birds’ spring arrival. Many of the boxes were donated by Scouts and other civic groups. Chris Takacs reports that lots of young are being fed all around DeKorte as well as other spots. Birds are being fed at boxes as well as tree perches.

So a big thank you to everyone involved! And to Chris Takacs for these great photos!

 

Thank You Aiden!

A big thank you to Aiden Dartley, who today presented NJSEA Naturalist Gaby Bennett-Meany  with four home-made Forster’s Tern nesting platforms! Aiden, 14 and an avid birder, said he made the 2-foot-by-2-foot platforms because “I thought it would be a good way to contribute to the community.” Aiden is a frequent visitor to DeKorte Park and especially enjoys watching Forster’s Terns. “They have a certain charm to them,” he says. Thanks again Aiden, from the NJSEA and DeKorte’s Forster’s Terns!

A Hungry Falcon and An Unlucky Pigeon

This hungry Peregrine Falcon made short work of an unlucky pigeon this past Saturday morning. Chris Takacs provided the photo taken during an NYC Aubudon boat tour with the NJSEA. Peregrines (and sometimes their prey) are one of many marvels of nature that can be seen along the Hackensack River from the unique vantage point of an NJSEA pontoon boat. For more info and to register for a tour click here

Don Torino’s Life in the Meadowlands: Fore the Bluebirds

Visitors to DeKorte Park are always in awe of the Tree Swallows that have become a symbol of a rejuvenated and revived Meadowlands. But what many folks may not know about these little metallic blue dynamos is that their life and future generations depends on the tiny wooden nest boxes that you see standing along the waters edge throughout the Meadowlands.

No manmade swallow boxes, no more Tree Swallows. That is the reality of this great migratory bird . But there is another bird much less common which is also blue that raises an even a bigger challenge to help bring back to our area: the Eastern Bluebird.

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In Bloom at DeKorte Park

Echinacea purpurea eastern (purple coneflower)

Thanks to the NJSEA’s own Gaby Bennett-Meany for these photos of just several of the many beautiful native plants in bloom at DeKorte Park! A great way to start the day.

Cornus sericea (red osier dogwood)

Penstemon digitalis (foxglove beardtongue)

Asclepias syriaca (common milkweed)

Carex vulpinoidea (fox sedge)

 

Moth Night Is Coming Soon!

Gypsy Moth

Don’t forget to register for Moth Night!  The free event takes place on Tuesday, July 24, from 8:30 to 10 p.m. The program features a talk by moth expert Elena Tartaglia on the importance of these amazing, lesser-known cousins of butterflies. You’ll gain a new perspective on the misunderstood creatures and how they benefit the environment.

We’ve also got kid’s activities both during and after the talk, including painting trees to attract moths. The event is sponsored by the NJSEA and the Bergen County Audubon Society and is part of National Moth Week.

To register click here