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Moth Night Is Coming!

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 moths, the amazing, lesser-known cousins of butterflies. You’ll gain a new perspective on these misunderstood creatures and how they benefit the environment.

We’ve also got kid’s activities both during and after the talk, including 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

Protect Yourself Against Ticks

The photo above sent by Mickey Raine is extremely important.

It’s a photo of a tick that attached itself to Mickey as he was walking the trails at DeKorte Park last week. With the nice weather finally here everyone needs to be vigilant for ticks and tick bites. Tick bites can cause long-term damage, including lyme disease, if not dealt with immediately and properly. There is an article in today’s Record on the rise of lyme disease in New Jersey.

The best way to prevent tick bites is to take preventive measures and be aware while you’re on the trails. For information on ticks and how to prevent tick bites click here and here

Pipers, Loons and Much More!

Red-throated Loon

After Tuesday’s Bergen Audubon Harrier Meadow Walk Mickey Raine headed to DeKorte Park, where got some great photos of a variety of species. Thanks Mickey!

Red-throated Loon

 

Great Egret

Spotted Sandpiper

Spotted Sandpiper

Least Sandpipers

 

Forster’s Tern

Forster’s Tern

Tree Swallow

Dunlins, Dowitchers and More

Dunlins

Thanks to Mickey Raine for more photos from the Bergen Audubon’s Harrier Meadow walk this past Tuesday. Our first batch from Mickey focused on birds in flight. Now we’ve got some great ground photos. Check out the Dunlins above hanging with a group of Least Sandpipers. They’re the two large reddish ones in the back with the black bellies.

The two Long-billed Dowitchers below are on the front–left end –with a more reddish tone, with one standing and the other sitting down in the water.

Thanks Mickey!

Long-billed Dowitchers

Killdeer

Lesser Yellowlegs

Lesser Yellowlegs

Soaring Over Harrier

Osprey

Mickey Raine sent these photos taken during Tuesday’s Bergen County Audubon Harrier Meadow walk, along with some interesting background information detailing the circumstances behind the shots. Many thanks Mickey!

The Osprey way high up in the sky was spotted as soon as I got there, flying overhead and then once more later, but even farther up the second time.  Less than 30 seconds after seeing the Osprey, the Great Blue Heron flew overhead. You can see the fade-away of the nearby tree that almost obstructed the full view.

The Black-Crowned Night Heron had suddenly flew up from where it must have been resting down along the embankment, spooked by the movement and sounds of the visitors walking along the path.  By the time I was able to lock in, it was already far across the water and near the southern landscape.

 

Great Blue Heron

Black-crowned Night Heron