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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 201-230-4983.
Bergen County Audubon Society led a great walk at Mill Creek Point Park in Secaucus on Tuesday, where a variety of species were seen. Thanks to Joe Koscielny of BCAS for these awesome photos! We’ll have a second batch later in the afternoon.
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
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 .
Let’s start the day with some great shots by Stephen Michaels taken at DeKorte this past weekend. Thanks Stephen!
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.