Monthly Archives: July 2018

Reminder Moth Night Is Next Tuesday July 24 at DeKorte Park!

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 kids activities both during and after the talk, including a moth scavenger hunt and 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

Morning Swim

Muskrat

Thanks to Dennis Cheeseman for these photos to start this beautiful day taken earlier this morning! All photos were taken at DeKorte Park except for the Osprey, which was taken at River Barge Park.

Least and Forsters Terns

Black-crowned Night Heron

Juvenile Black-crowned Night Heron

Osprey With Morning Catch

Butterflies Out and About In DeKorte Park

A four image montage of the first butterflies and one of dozens of bumblebees enjoying the pollen on purple coneflowers and Bee Balm.

Thanks to Regina Geoghan for this collage of beautiful butterflies and bees seen recently at DeKorte Park!

Don’t forget to register for Butterfly Day on Sunday, July 29 at the park.

The family-friendly, free  event runs from 10 am to 3 pm and includes butterfly walks, talks, onsite experts to help identify the various butterflies and kids activities including a Scavenger Hunt, Face Painting, Butterfly costume contest (12 and under) and crafts. The butterfly festival is co-sponsored by the Bergen County Audubon Society.

To register and for more info click here

Happy Ending/New Beginning For a Red-Tailed Hawk

This morning, just outside of DeKorte Park, Chris Soucy of the Raptor Trust released a majestic Red-Tailed hawk that had been burned more than a year ago. The Raptor Trust rehabilitated the male hawk, who flew off and immediately found a place to perch. We’re thrilled to see this happy ending/new beginning for the hawk! Attending were members of the Bergen County Audubon Society (check out the great pic of BCAS President Don Torino with the hawk below)!

 

Don Torino’s Life in the Meadowlands: There Is Life As Well As Beauty In Our Native Wildflowers

Purple Milkweed

The Great First Lady of wildflowers Lady Bird Johnson once said, “Wildflowers are the stuff of my Heart.” I am sure there are many more of us that would  join her in that very special sentiment. After all wildflowers have been the inspiration for some of our greatest poems and love stories throughout the ages. Their beauty somehow touches our hearts and souls by stirring some of our most ancientemotions at the very sight of a field Bee Balm, Coneflower or Goldenrod.

But there is much much more to the true magical beauty of our native wildflowers. Almost like a mystical phenomenon they bring life seemingly out of nowhere and ultimately mean survival to an endless number of birds, butterflies and pollinators that have evolved with them and now depend on them. Whether it’s a hundred acres of flowers or just your humble backyard garden they are the foundation and building block for a healthy habitat for both people and wildlife.

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Save the Date! Sept. 15 is Meadowlands Birding Festival at DeKorte Park

Circle Sept. 15 on your calendar for the Meadowlands Birding Festival at DeKorte Park from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm! The NJSEA and Bergen County Audubon Society are thrilled to present a day of birding walks and talks, including walks in areas normally closed to the public such as Harrier Meadow. There will also be plenty of kids activities!

Renowned birding field-guide author David Sibley will be the keynote speaker and prominent birding author Rick Wright will lead one of the walks. Both Wright and Sibley will be signing books.

Back by popular demand is a live raptor presentation by the Avian Wildlife Center.

In addition, birding boat tours will be offered by the Hackensack Riverkeeper at River Barge Park in Carlstadt.

The entire event is free. More details and registration info to come soon. For now keep Sept. 15 free on your calendars!

Live Raptor Demonstration

David Sibley

Rick Wright