Monthly Archives: January 2019

NJSEA Hosts Total Lunar Eclipse Viewing Jan. 20-21 at McDowell Observatory!

The NJSEA will host a viewing of the upcoming Total Lunar Eclipse at its William D. McDowell Observatory in DeKorte Park in Lyndhurst from 10:15 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 20, to 1 a.m. Monday, Jan. 21. This is the first Total Lunar Eclipse visible from North America since 2015. The eclipse begins at 10:34 p.m. The moon will be in full eclipse from 11:41 p.m. to 12:43 a.m.

The Observatory holds 20 people at one time. The eclipse can also be viewed from the ground with binoculars and portable telescopes. Visitors are encouraged to bring lounge chairs and their own viewing instruments while they wait to enter the Observatory.

In addition, astronomers and volunteers will talk about eclipses and answer questions throughout the evening in the Science Center, which is adjacent to the Observatory.

Note: No food or drinks will be available. Please dress appropriately for the weather. The Observatory is not heated.

In case of inclement weather, the event will be cancelled. Check www.meadowblog.net for updates, or call 201-615-8570.

About the Total Lunar Eclipse:

A Total Lunar Eclipse occurs when the Earth’s shadow completely covers the moon. The moon usually appears a reddish color due to refraction of light in the Earth’s atmosphere and is sometimes called a Blood Moon. Totality during a lunar eclipse normally lasts about an hour, whereas a total solar eclipse lasts only a few minutes. Unlike solar eclipses, lunar eclipses are safe to view without any eye protection or special precautions, as they are dimmer than the full moon.

Reminder: BCAS Harrier Meadow Walk This Sunday (Jan. 6)!

Join the Bergen County Audubon Society on a guided walk through Harrier Meadow in North Arlington this Sunday (Jan. 6) from 10 am to noon. We’ll keep our eyes peeled for ducks, wintering birds and raptors. Harrier Meadow is located off Disposal Road near DeKorte Park.

You don’t want to miss this walk: Harrier Meadow, a stunning natural area, is usually closed to the public.  For more information, contact Don Torino  at greatauk4@gmail.com or call 201-230-4983.

Has George the American White Pelican Returned?

Could George the American White Pelican be back in the Meadowlands? The rare visitor for these parts has been seen as recently as this morning in the area.

Chris Takacs sent the following update:

Return of George?

December 7 an American White Pelican was being chased by a Bald Eagle at Mill Creek Marsh and photographed by Sandy Sorkin. The bird could not be refound. On December 10 a White Pelican was spotted in southern Maine in Wells, for a day. December 11 a White Pelican was spotted in Rye, NH. By December 14 the pelican was in Little Harbor, NH east of Portsmouth for about 2 weeks. It made a Christmas Eve appearance in Falmouth, ME, but returned to the Little Harbor area (Odiorne Point SP) and last spotted New Year’s Eve.

January 3, Ed Borowik reports American White Pelican at Kearny Marsh East from radio station driveway Rt. 7. I made a trip this morning and spotted the Pelican far out in the impoundment, but still here in our Meadowlands. This is the only American White Pelican being seen in northeast United States currently. Is it George and did he take a trip to NH/ME? I’d like to believe in George.

Photo was from the morning and map shows his spot

BCAS Harrier Meadow Walk This Sunday (Jan. 6)!

Join the Bergen County Audubon Society on a guided walk through Harrier Meadow in North Arlington this Sunday (Jan. 6) from 10 am to noon. We’ll keep our eyes peeled looking for ducks, wintering birds and raptors. Harrier Meadow is located off Disposal Road near DeKorte Park.

You don’t want to miss this walk: Harrier Meadow, a stunning natural area, is usually closed to the public.  For more information, contact Don Torino  at greatauk4@gmail.com or call 201-230-4983.

Don Torino’s Life In The Meadowlands: Tenth Anniversary in the Meadowlands!

This year, 2019, will mark the 10th anniversary of Bergen County Audubon’s partnership with the Meadowlands.

A decade ago BCAS and the New Jersey Meadowlands Commission (now the NJSEA) decided to work together to help more people get outside and discover the wonders of an incredible natural world that was right outside their door, our New jersey Meadowlands.

With the help of then-NJMC employee Jim Wright we began conducting twice-monthly free nature walks as an experiment to see how many people would enjoy and learn to love the Meadowlands the way we did. It did not take long to realize that our partnership was very special and the passion for nature in the Meadowlands would bring in people from all walks of life and from many miles around.

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What a Way to Start the New Year!

Credit: Jim Wright

Some 70 people attended the Bergen County Audubon Society’s New Year’s Day walk at DeKorte Park! Many were first timers, noted BCAS President Don Torino. “Highlights were birds from Northern harriers to brown Creepers, but the real joy was having so many great folks including kids join us to kick off our 10th Anniversary year,” Torino said.

He’s talking about the 10-year anniversary of the partnership between BCAS and the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority. We have many great events scheduled for this year to mark the anniversary, so check this site often!

Credit: Don Torino