Author Archives: Brian Aberback

Don Torino’s Life in the Meadowlands: Observations from an Eagle’s Nest

Besides leading field trips, doing nature programs and oh yes even going to work, I spend many of my days beginning in January doing observations for the NJDEP of the Ridgefield Park Eagle’s nest. If you would have told me 10 years ago that I would be watching a nesting pair of Bald Eagles in the middle of New Jersey’s major highways, surrounded by concrete and steel and oh yes hundreds of thousands of people, I would have said you should go lie down while I call the doctor. Because that could never happen here.

Yet as we all know it has. Not only in Ridgefield Park but in many places in our most densely populated State that we call home. In fact, it has happened about 200 times now, in our most urban and rural parts of the Garden State.

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Don Torino’s Life in the Meadowlands: The Hidden Life in the Meadowlands

After just about finishing up our Super Bird Sunday nature walk our hardy group casually strolled under one of the splendid River Birch trees that border the Meadowlands Environment Center. As I glanced at a branch just slightly above my head what looked like a small clump of dried leaves caught my attention.

After closer examination, this little, unobtrusive, dangling dried cluster turned out to be something much more wonderful … .a Polyphemus moth cocoon !

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