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Much to See at Mill Creek Point This Week Part 2

Northern Harrier

As promised, here’s the second batch of great shots by Joe Koscielny taken at this past Tuesday’s Bergen County Audubon Society walk at Mill Creek Point Park in Secaucus. Missed out? Don’t fear. The next BCAS Meadowlands Nature Walk is Sunday, March 4, at DeKorte Park in Lyndhurst from 10 am to noon. For more info contact Don Torino at or 201-230-4983.

Northern Harrier

Northern Harrier

Bald Eagle

Conserve Wildlife Foundation and Jim Wright Featured On PBS Nature Program

The WNET-PBS nature program Peril & Promise this past Saturday interviewed Conserve Wildlife Foundation Executive Director David Wheeler and Jim Wright, who runs the Celery Farm and Beyond blog and is the birding columnist for The Record newspaper.

The segment, filmed at DeKorte Park, celebrated last weekend’s Great Backyard Bird Count. Wheeler and Wright spoke about challenges facing migratory birds from climate change, the Meadowlands’ environmental comeback, and how to track birds year-round through resources such as eBird and web cams.

Read the story and watch the video here



Don Torino’s Life in the Meadowlands: Why We Need Plants for Birds

Cedar Waxwing Dining on Serviceberries
Credit: Jim Macaluso

Ok, so I know that March is just a week away and we are all beginning to think spring, perhaps maybe a little premature. We most likely are still in for some freezing temperatures and maybe even a few more snow days. But I am definitely sure that it is not too early for us to be thinking about the most significant part of a bird’s habitat, and for that matter any wildlife: the native plants.

Native plants are the foundation of any vital and  healthy wildlife habitat. Our native plants provide  the seeds, fruit, nuts, and even the insects that our birds need to live, survive and thrive through the winter and into migration. And especially through the most critical time, nesting season. This is when the plants  will  also provide the high protein and high fat that birds feed their young, more specifically the insect life that is produced from native plants .

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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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