Many thanks to Bill Frotscher, who was kind enough to share his poignant essay about growing up in the Meadowlands.
The Maywood native with family roots in Little Ferry and current Pennsylvania resident was inspired to chronicle his time in the Meadowlands after recently returning to the region for a 66th High School Reunion.
A professional forester, Bill writes about exploring the newly-formed lakes in Little Ferry, the result of the area’s clay pits being drained, crabbing and fishing, cedar swamps and other eye-opening experiences.
Here is his essay:
Recently I returned from a 66th reunion of my high school class at Bogota High School. A friend, closely aware of my interests brought along an article which had appeared in the Record concerning restoration and renovation of the Hackensack Meadowlands. It was fascinating to read and inspired me to look up your website and read about all that is finally being done to attempt to reclaim a great resource which had been greatly diminished during the past one hundred years.
Although I grew up in Maywood, my parents had roots in Little Ferry. In fact, when I was a child the back of my grandmother’s house faced the meadows and by walking out her back gate and then across a field, we could soon be at Budd’s Lake and beyond it the Hackensack river. Although this was the closest path to the river. usually we would walk down Mehrhof Road to the site of another clay pit from which we would gain access to the dikes which ran along the river’s edge.
Due to the overcast conditions, the William D. McDowell Observatory public viewing session tonight (Wednesday, Oct. 31) has been cancelled. The next public viewing night is Wednesday, Nov. 7, from 8 to 10:30 pm.
Notify the CDC, Homeland Security and Dr. Phil. Zombies are real and the apocalypse is upon us! Be warned: These Zombies could be your neighbors, co-workers, Government officials or even as we speak they could very well be a member of your very own family! And their victims will be all of us if we allow this epidemic to spread.
This Sunday (Nov. 4) the Bergen County Audubon Society will lead a nature walk looking for fall migrants, ducks and more at Mill Creek Marsh in Secaucus, a great place for birding! The walk goes from 10 am to noon. For more information contact Don Torino at email@example.com or 201-230-4983.
Spectacular sequence of one of the Ridgefield Park Eagles gathering a meal. Many thankd to Dee De Santis for providing her great photos!
Nice photo by Rich Brown taken at DeKorte last week of a Greater Yellowlegs with a great reflection!
Check out these amazing photos that Dee De Santis took on Wednesday of one of the Ridgefield Park eagles preparing its nest for the winter!
BCAS President Don Torino dropped off six, 40lb bags of birdseed at DeKorte Park yesterday morning. The seed will help provide much-needed fuel for the many birds that reside in and pass through the park this winter. Don is pictured with NJSEA staffer Gabrielle Bennett-Meany, who oversees the park. Thank you BCAS for your dedication to DeKorte!
One of my great pleasures leading Bergen Audubon as your President has been the opportunity to meet so many devoted, hardworking and caring people in many communities that are committed to conservation and making the environment a better place, not only for the wildlife but also for their entire community.
Our Conservation Awards are for these heroes who have given of themselves with little recognition and often with personal sacrifice. So it is in their honor that we are proud to announce our winners of the 9th annual “Bergen County Audubon/Harold Feinberg Conservation Awards.”
Our Conservation award is named in honor of the late Harold Feinberg, BCAS Board member and field trip chairman for many years. Harold was a mentor, an enthusiastic supporter of our endeavors and always gave freely of his expertise with a combination of patience and knowledge that few possess.
This year we are very proud to have three well deserved award winners.
Environmental reporters Scott Fallon and Jim O’Neill from the Record newspaper and author, educator and mentor Judy Cinquina.
Dennis Cheeseman was out at Mill Creek Marsh at lunch today and came back with these great photos. A very productive lunch hour!