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Forster’s Tern

Joe Koscielny got some great photos during Tuesday’s Bergen Audubon walk at DeKorte Park, including these Terns in flight and more. More photos from Joe to come!

Least Tern

Forster’s Tern

Great Egret

Mallard and Ducklings

House Sparrow


Getting Wild in DeKorte

Three images of native USA wildflowers in bloom in pollinator garden patches in the New Jersey Meadowlands at Richard W. DeKorte Park.

Regina Geoghan sent in these beautiful wildflower photos she took yesterday at DeKorte.

Regina writes: The wildflower pollinator patches are blooming beautifully and adding cheerful color to the DeKorte Landscape.  Kudos to Gabby-Bennett-Meany and her landscape workers for all of their hard work to make this happen and also to Don Torino and the Bergen County Audubon Society for  the support provided for milkweed and other plantings.

Thanks Regina!

Two images of native flowers in bloom in pollinator patch areas of Richard W. DeKorte Park in the New Jersey Meadowlands.

Don Torino’s Life in the Meadowlands: The 9th Annual Butterfly Day Celebrates the Meadowlands Comeback

Growing up in the New Jersey Meadowlands I witnessed firsthand some of the worse things that man can do to his environment. But over the years I have also watched our Meadowlands return from the brink of annihilation, transformed from a place that was once thought by some better left for dead to one of the most incredible environmental come back stories in my lifetime.

Not only a New Jersey success story but a shining example of what can be accomplished nationwide when enough people care to do the right thing. Butterfly Day at DeKorte Park on Sunday July 29th is a true celebration of that triumphant return.

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Reminder Moth Night Is Next Tuesday July 24 at DeKorte Park!

Gypsy Moth

Don’t forget to register for Moth Night!  The free event takes place on Tuesday, July 24, from 8:30 to 10 p.m. The program features a talk by moth expert Elena Tartaglia on the importance of these amazing, lesser-known cousins of butterflies. You’ll gain a new perspective on the misunderstood creatures and how they benefit the environment.

We’ve also got kids activities both during and after the talk, including a moth scavenger hunt and painting trees to attract moths. The event is sponsored by the NJSEA and the Bergen County Audubon Society and is part of National Moth Week.

To register click here

Morning Swim


Thanks to Dennis Cheeseman for these photos to start this beautiful day taken earlier this morning! All photos were taken at DeKorte Park except for the Osprey, which was taken at River Barge Park.

Least and Forsters Terns

Black-crowned Night Heron

Juvenile Black-crowned Night Heron

Osprey With Morning Catch

Butterflies Out and About In DeKorte Park

A four image montage of the first butterflies and one of dozens of bumblebees enjoying the pollen on purple coneflowers and Bee Balm.

Thanks to Regina Geoghan for this collage of beautiful butterflies and bees seen recently at DeKorte Park!

Don’t forget to register for Butterfly Day on Sunday, July 29 at the park.

The family-friendly, free  event runs from 10 am to 3 pm and includes butterfly walks, talks, onsite experts to help identify the various butterflies and kids activities including a Scavenger Hunt, Face Painting, Butterfly costume contest (12 and under) and crafts. The butterfly festival is co-sponsored by the Bergen County Audubon Society.

To register and for more info click here