Author Archives: Brian Aberback

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

 

Reminder: Native Plant/Butterfly Walk at DeKorte Park This Sunday (July 1)!

Join the Bergen County Audubon Society this Sunday, July 1, for a special Native Plant and Butterfly Walk at DeKorte Park from 10 am to noon. They’ll be spotlighting the hundreds of native plants, flowers and shrubs and the various butterfly species that inhabit the park. For more information contact Don Torino at greatauk4@gmail.com or 201-230-4983.

And don’t forget to register for Butterfly Day on Sunday, July 29. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and includes butterfly walks and talks and plenty of kid’s activities including a scavenger hunt and costume contest (12 and under). For more info and to register click here

Don Torino’s Life in the Meadowlands: A Life List of Birding Tales

A few weeks ago  a friend asked me If I would attend an event where I would be able to tell any story I wanted about the time I spend outdoors birding. I thought about it and then laughed.

Imagine that someone would organize an event where people would get together and actually talk about nature and birding?  After all, isn’t that what all birders do when they get together ?  Tell our stories? Yes, of course, that is what we do. Why ? Because what we love to do will always be about our life’s stories.

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Native Plant/Butterfly Walk at DeKorte Park This Sunday (July 1)!

Join the Bergen County Audubon Society this Sunday, July 1, for a special Native Plant and Butterfly Walk at DeKorte Park from 10 am to noon. They’ll be spotlighting the hundreds of native plants, flowers and shrubs and the various butterfly species that inhabit the park. For more information contact Don Torino at greatauk4@gmail.com or 201-230-4983.

And don’t forget to register for Butterfly Day on Sunday, July 29. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and includes butterfly walks and talks and plenty of kid’s activities including a scavenger hunt and costume contest (12 and under). For more info and to register click here