Monarch Tagging At DeKorte

This series of photos demonstrates the Monarch butterfly tagging ID process that took place at DeKorte last Friday afternoon by Aleshanee Mooney. The tag includes an identification number and email/phone number for the Monarch Watch program which participants can contact to receive or give information regarding monarch migration.

Scientists and naturalists who recapture the butterflies use data to determine the pathways taken by migrating monarchs, the influence of weather on the migration, population trends and other important information

A Very Special Visitor


Sandy Komito and Elaine Raine

We had a very special visitor in the Meadowlands last weekend. Sandy Komito, who saw an at the time record 748 bird species in the 1998 Big Year, a record that stood for 15 years, was visiting our great blog photographers Mickey and Elaine Raine. They took in DeKorte Park and Mill Creek Marsh as well as Cape May and other birding locations in the state.

Komito was the inspiration behind Owen Wilson’s category in the movie “The Big Year” (2011). The Big Year is a competition among birders to see who can see and identify the greatest number of species of birds in North America (north of Mexico) in a calendar year.

Below are photos of Snowy Egrets that Mickey took at Mill Creek Marsh.


BCAS Nature Walk Next Tuesday (Sept. 19) at DeKorte Park!

Courtesy M.E. Raine

Join the Bergen County Audubon Society for a guided nature walk next Tuesday (Sept. 19) at DeKorte Park in Lyndhurst! The walk goes from 10 am to noon and meets outside the Meadowlands Environment Center.

They’ll be looking for shorebirds, ducks and fall migrants such as Flycatchers. For more information email or call 201-230-4983.

Beautiful Photo to Start the Morning

Many thanks to Chris Takacs for this great photo of a graceful Hummingbird approaching a Cardinal flower (Lobelia cardinalis). The flower is one of more than 200 planted at the Lyndhurst Nature Reserve thanks to a generous donation by Michael Sherman.

Cardinal flowers produce tall spikes of bright red flowers between midsummer and early autumn that attract a variety of butterflies as well as hummingbirds. Cardinal flowers are native to wet meadows, marshes and stream banks, and prefer a wet soil.

Searching for Alice The Eagle’s Band ID

As you may know, Alice the Eagle did not return to the nest this year to join her partner Al. Alice was banded but there are no photos we know of that have the numbers clearly identified.

Jim Wright of the Celery Farm Blog has put out a call to anyone who may have a photo of Alice with the band ID clearly legible. For more info click here and thanks for your help!

William D. McDowell Observatory Fall Public Viewing Schedule

The NJSEA’s William D. McDowell Observatory at DeKorte Park offers free public viewing nights every Wednesday from 8 to 10:30 pm, weather permitting.  Take advantage of this awesome opportunity to view the moon, planets and stars up close through our research-grade telescope. Our astronomy experts will tell you all about what you’re seeing.

To read more about the Observatory, click here

For a complete schedule, including what should be visible each night, click here