Author Archives: Brian Aberback

Words of Wisdom to Start the Week

BCAS President Don Torino had a great letter to the editor in yesterday’s Record. Words of wisdom to start your week:

As a person that leads local nature walks almost every weekend I can attest first hand to the wonderful positive effects being a part of nature and in nature has on everyone who just manages to spend a few hours a week walking our local parks and nature centers.

We are blessed to have great places like the Meadowlands, Teaneck Creek and many more oases that are close to home, sometimes in walking distance to many people who live in the most densely populated state.

We need to keep connected to and utilize our nature preserves so that we better understand how to protect them in the future and in doing so we can lead happier and healthier lives  for ourselves, our families and for future generations.

All Grown Up

Here’s a turtle just a bit bigger than the one in the last post! Thanks to Mickey Raine for this great shot and more taken recently at Mill Creek Marsh, Mill Creek Point Park and DeKorte Park!

Great Egrets

Great Egrets

Double-crested Cormorant

Greater Yellowlegs

Least Sandpipers

Mute Swans

Tuesday DeKorte Walk Wrap-Up

Daisy Fleabane

We’ll start the morning with the last of our BCAS Tuesday DeKorte walk photos. Thanks to Joe Koscielny for all his great work! Our next walk is Sunday, June 4, at Harrier Meadow in North Arlington from 9 to 11 am.  For more info contact or call 201-230-4983

Common Yellowthroat

Greater Yellowlegs

Great Egret and Tree Swallow

Don Torino’s Life in the Meadowlands: Does One Bird Matter?

I have often been accused of wearing my heart on my shirt sleeve and openly displaying my emotions, sometimes to a fault, especially when it comes to wildlife and conservation issues.

I often find myself attempting to help an injured Robin as passionately as I oppose senseless habitat destruction to a local planning board, or blocking oncoming traffic for crossing geese and on the same day dealing with issues concerning protecting nesting Bald Eagle.

Some folks tell me as President of Bergen County Audubon Society I need to think in more scientific terms as far as what is more important to the conservation movement, the life of one bird or protecting the environment for all birds. Some tell me that conservation money may be better spent elsewhere than funding wildlife rehabilitation centers that can only save one bird at a time.

Since I am not a scientist and rarely do what others think I should do, my persistent answer to them is that “every bird’s life is important.”

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