What a Way to Start the New Year!

Credit: Jim Wright

Some 70 people attended the Bergen County Audubon Society’s New Year’s Day walk at DeKorte Park! Many were first timers, noted BCAS President Don Torino. “Highlights were birds from Northern harriers to brown Creepers, but the real joy was having so many great folks including kids join us to kick off our 10th Anniversary year,” Torino said.

He’s talking about the 10-year anniversary of the partnership between BCAS and the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority. We have many great events scheduled for this year to mark the anniversary, so check this site often!

Credit: Don Torino

Reminder: Kick Off the New Year with a Nature Walk at DeKorte Park!

Welcome in 2019 with the Bergen County Audubon Society next Tuesday for their annual New Year’s Day Nature Walk, which is being held at DeKorte Park in Lyndhurst. We’ll on the lookout for ducks, raptors and wintering birds. The walk runs from 10 am to noon and the park closes at 12:30 p.m. For more information contact Don Torino at greatauk4@gmail.com or 201-230-4983.

Kick Off the New Year with a Nature Walk at DeKorte Park!

Welcome in 2019 with the Bergen County Audubon Society next Tuesday for their annual New Year’s Day Nature Walk, which is being held at DeKorte Park in Lyndhurst. We’ll on the lookout for ducks, raptors and wintering birds. The walk runs from 10 am to noon and the park closes at 12:30 p.m. For more information contact Don Torino at greatauk4@gmail.com or 201-230-4983.

Bald Eagle at Losen Slote

Rich Brown took this awesome shot of a Bald Eagle at Losen Slote Creek Park in Little Ferry yesterday. Rich reports: I spent a couple of hours this afternoon at Losen Slote Creek Park.  At one point I counted five Bald Eagles at one time (two adults and three juveniles), flying and perched across the fence towards Mehrhof Pond.

BCAS/Harold Feinberg Conservation Awards Presented Last Night

At its meeting last night the BCAS proudly awarded its  9th annual “Bergen County Audubon/Harold Feinberg Conservation Awards.” The recognition is bestowed upon those who heroes who have given of themselves with little recognition and often with personal sacrifice.

Congratulations this year’s winners: Record environmental reportes Scott Fallon and Jim O’Neill; and author, educator and mentor Judy Cinquina.

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.

For more on the winners keep reading!

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NJSEA Milestones!

Yesterday the NJSEA presented its yearly service awards and the Natural Resources Department was represented in style! These are the folks who take care of our parks, lead nature walks at special events, perform field resarch and surveys, and run our pontoon boat and canoe tours. So let’s hear it for the following:

Left to right: Cathy Vonk (5 Years), Gabrielle Bennett-Meany (25 years), Drew McQuade (5 years) and Angelo Urato (35 years!)

Upcoming BCAS Meadowlands Walks This Sunday (Dec. 16) and Tuesday (Dec. 18)

Losen Slote Creek Park

Join the Bergen Audubon Society for two great upcoming Meadowlands walks!  This Sunday, Dec. 16, they’ll be in Little Ferry at Losen Slote Creek Park and the new Mehrhof Pond Wildlife Observation Area. Losen Slote is one of the last remaining lowland forests in the Meadowlands. The Observation Area, which opened this Spring, offers stellar views of waterfowl and other birds. 

Then, onTuesday,Dec. 18, they’ll be at Laurel Hill Park in Secaucus, on the lookout for ducks, cormorants and wintering birds.

Each walk runs from 10 am to noon. For more info contact Don Torino at greatauk4@gmail.com or 201-230-4983.

Mallards, Mergansers and More at Mehrhof!

Mallards

Many thanks to Dave McClure for these cool photos taken at Mehrhof Pond in Little Ferry during yesterday’s light snowfall!

Female Hooded Mergansers

 

Female Hooded Merganser

Male Hooded Merganser

Male Hooded Merganser

Gulls