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Don Torino’s Life in the Meadowlands: What Is a Nature Center?

Last week Bergen Audubon partnered with a local middle school for the annual “Great Backyard Bird Count.”  BCAS has been working with the local schools in our area on the GBBC for about 10 years now, often having much more fun than our young students ever could.

At the conclusion of the day as we always do, we recommended that the students and their familiesshould go out to a local park or nature center and count the birds and enjoy nature together, which we have always tried to have be the ultimate goal of introducing our school children to the birds and birding.

As we ended the program after a full day of pointing out Juncos, Mourning Doves and Coopers hawks we asked everyone if there were any questions. A nice young man quickly raised his hand and asked “What is a nature center?”

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Wrapping Up Laurel Hill Walk


Double-crested Cormorant

Here’s a final batch of photos from yesterday’s Laurel Hill walk courtesy of Joe Koscielny. Be sure to log on tomorrow morning for Don Torino’s weekly column, Don Torino’s Life in the Meadowlands. Don’s thoughtful insights are always inspiring and a pleasure to read. What’s the topic of tomorrow’s column? You’ll just have to wait and see!

Great Cormorant


American Coots

Photos from Yesterday’s Laurel Hill Walk

Peregrine Falcon

We have some great photos of Peregrine Falcons and other species to share from yesterday’s Laurel Hill walk thanks to Chris Takacs and Joe Koscielny. We’ve also included a certain cute-as-can-be non-avian species. Thanks to everyone for coming out! Our next BCAS guided walk is Sunday, March 5, at DeKorte Park from 10 a.m. to noon. For more information contact Don Torino at or 201-230-4983.

Peregrine Falcon

Peregrine Falcon Nest


Great Cormorant

Downy Woodpecker

Basset Hound


Great Day, Great People, Great Nature Walk

The weather cooled off a bit from this weekend, but it was still a beautiful day for a nature walk this morning at Laurel Hill Park in Secaucus. A pair of Peregrine Falcons highlighted the day, and participants also saw Great Cormorants, Bufflehead ducks, Red-breasted mergansers and American coots. We’ll have some pics to share shortly. And of course feel free to send any photos you took over the amazing weekend, to


Laurel Hill Park Walk This Tuesday!

Join the Bergen County Audubon Society this coming Tuesday, Feb. 21, for a guided nature walk at Laurel Hill Park in Secaucus! They’ll be looking for ducks, raptors, wintering birds and more. The free walk runs from 10 am to noon and meets at the parking lot near the ballfields. For more information contact Don Torino at or 201-230-4983.


Don Torino’s Life in the Meadowlands: It’s a Good Time to Plan Your Backyard Wildlife Garden

While I was attempting to deal with an extreme case of cabin fever this the past Sunday,  I thought it would be as good a time as any to scour through all my native plant books and plan for additions to my Certified Wildlife Garden come spring.

As I was watching the ice fall out my window visions of  Orioles feeding on my Trumpet vine, Monarch caterpillars munching on milkweed and Hummingbirds visiting my Cardinal Flower  were dancing in my head.

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