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Final Photos from Last Sunday’s Walk

Cardinal Flower and Swamp Rose-mallow

Here’s our final batch of photos from Joe Koscielny spotlighting the variety of flora and fauna to be seen at DeKorte Park, taken during last Sunday’s Bergen County Audubon Society walk. Thanks Joe for all the great shots!

American Goldfinch

American Goldfinches

Fiddler Crabs

Blue Claw Crab

Herring Gull


Photos From Last Sunday’s DeKorte Walk

Ring-billed Gull and Semi-palmated Sandpiper

We’ve got a variety of great photos from Joe Koscielny taken during this past Sunday’s Bergen Audubon walk at DeKorte Park. More from Joe for your viewing pleasure tomorrow morning!

The next Meadowlands BCAS walk is Tuesday, Aug. 21, from 10 am to noon at Mill Creek Marsh in Secaucus. For more info contact Don Torino at or 201-230-4983.

Northern Mockingbird

Least Sandpipers

Monarch Butterfly

Monarch Butterfly

Silver-spotted Skipper

Don Torino’s Life in the Meadowlands: A Message in a Feather

Red-tailed Hawk Feather Credit: Don Torino

After having a tough, exhausting day I thought I would try to relax and wind down for a while at our butterfly garden. Pondering the days ahead, stressing more than a little about all I needed to get done and wondering how I could ever do it I glanced down and saw something moving ever so slightly in the afternoon breeze.

Lying in the grass like some surreal message set in a grassy frame there sat a feather. Not just any feather but a wonderful russet, ash and black almost mystical feather. A Red-tailed hawk feather in all its enchanted grandeur.

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Dazzling Dragonflies and Damselflies

We don’t get too many Dragonfly and Damselfly photos, so many thanks to Mickey Raine for providing these wonderful shots from DeKorte (Damselfy above, Dragonflies below). As Mickey notes, these insects are considered extremely efficient predators and have even been studied by the military for their incredible flying skills and ability to hone in on targets!


Parying Mantis

Some Praying Mantis photos from Mickey Raine. Mickey writes: You can see the incredible beauty of its physical traits, but also, the deadly tools as one of the leading predators inside the world of heavily vegetated areas.  The sheer power and strength it exerted when first lifting it into my hand while the initial execution of resistance occurred, was unmistakable, and the thought of how overwhelmingly strong this would be for a prey/victim was rather chilling.  

Meadowlands Birding Festival Registration Is Open!!!!

We’re thrilled to launch registration for the Meadowlands Birding Festival on Saturday, Sept. 15. The free event runs from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm and will include a family-friendly day of bird walks, talks, raptor visits, kids activities, optics for sale and more celebrating the Meadowlands amazing bird population.

Highlights include a keynote talk by renowned field guide author David Sibley, a walk led by prominent birding author Rick Wright and a live raptor demonstration. Kids activities include a scavenger hunt, bird migration game, and making an ice cream cone bird feeder.

To register, click here

Look for a detailed schedule soon, including information on a special early bird walk. There will also be boat rides for birders, with registration beginning next week. Watch this page for details.