Bring the kids to the Meadowlands Environment Center on Oct. 19 for an evening of not-so-spooky fun featuring live wolf and bat presentations! Experts will explain how they benefit the environment, dispel myths and show that these important creatures aren’t so scary after all. There will also be games and crafts. Don’t miss this great family night out!
The event runs from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Bat presentations at 5:45 and 7:30 pm Wolf program at 6:30 pm Crafts and games ongoing.
To register click here
Some good news stories over the weekend on the reintroduction of Bobwhite Quail into the Pine Barrens by the New Jersey Audubon Society and the spotting of a of a juvenile male Peregrine Falcon in August at DeKorte Park that was fledged in Richmond, Va., in late June.
Check out the Bobwhite story here and the Peregrine article here
We rarely get skunk photos, but here’s one from Dennis Cheeseman taken this week at River Barge Park. Dennis also sent along photos of a Semipalmated Plover and Magnolia Warbler at DeKorte. Thanks Dennis!
Courtesy M.E. Raine
Join the Bergen County Audubon Society for a guided nature walk next Tuesday (Sept. 19) at DeKorte Park in Lyndhurst! The walk goes from 10 am to noon and meets outside the Meadowlands Environment Center.
They’ll be looking for shorebirds, ducks and fall migrants such as Flycatchers. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 201-230-4983.
Steve Ceragno got a cool shot of a Tennessee Warbler at Mill Creek on Sunday, a bird not spotted here on a regular basis. He also shared a photo of a Red-tailed Hawk greeting him on Disposal Road. Good work, Steve!
Good birding at DeKorte this morning. Chris Takacs reports that among the species sighted were 4 Soras, 2 Adult, 2 juveniles, along Marsh Discovery Trail; numerous sandpipers including Semi-palmated Sandpipers, Short-billed Dowitchers, Yellowlegs, Least Sandpipers, Semi-palmated Sandpiper; Peregrine Falcon and American White Pelican
The New Jersey Meadowlands has been my home for almost all my life. Growing up birding and exploring this very special place has given me a wonderful, unique childhood and blessed me with the love of nature that will be with me always.
To say the least it has meant so very much to me that I have had the honor and privilege of helping to pass on what I love by leading nature walks in the Meadowlands for going on 10 years. Bergen County Audubon Society’s partnership with the NJ Meadowlands Commission and now the NJSEA has allowed us to introduce people to the wonders of the Meadowlands like never before.
The comeback of New Jersey Meadowlands is one of the most amazing environmental success stories in the country – from a place which was once left for dead and suffered some of the worse environmental abuses that could be imagined to today have become one of the best urban birding places in the United States. An achievement very much worth celebrating. On Saturday, October 7th Bergen County Audubon Society and the NJSEA will hold the Meadowlands Birding Festival, an event long overdue.
Sandy Komito and Elaine Raine
We had a very special visitor in the Meadowlands last weekend. Sandy Komito, who saw an at the time record 748 bird species in the 1998 Big Year, a record that stood for 15 years, was visiting our great blog photographers Mickey and Elaine Raine. They took in DeKorte Park and Mill Creek Marsh as well as Cape May and other birding locations in the state.
Komito was the inspiration behind Owen Wilson’s category in the movie “The Big Year” (2011). The Big Year is a competition among birders to see who can see and identify the greatest number of species of birds in North America (north of Mexico) in a calendar year.
Below are photos of Snowy Egrets that Mickey took at Mill Creek Marsh.
Thanks to Mickey Raine for a series of great photos of various species. All were taken this past weekend at DeKorte except for the mallard family above. That photo was taken in June but too cute not to include here! We’ll have more from Mickey soon.
Black-crowned Night Heron