First BCAS Evening Walk at DeKorte Park a Success – More to come

Thanks to the nearly 50 people who joined the Bergen County Audubon Society yesterday (Thursday July 22) for an evening walk through DeKorte Park in Lyndhurst. The next BCAS evening DeKorte walks are Tuesday, July 28 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 5, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 19, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and Tuesday, Aug. 31 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Contact: Don Torino at or 201-230-4983

The Story Behind Jill’s Garden at DeKorte Park

Visitors to DeKorte Park have long enjoyed the Jill Ann Ziemkiewicz Memorial Butterfly Garden. Located outside the Meadowlands Environment Center, the garden is a beautiful spot for tranquil relaxation and includes blossoming flowers and a hand-carved limestone fountain shaped like a sunflower. Its milkweed plants attract butterflies, and the garden is the focal point of this year’s annual Butterfly Day (Sunday, July 18).

Jill Ann Ziemkiewicz was a Rutherford native and member of the flight crew of TWA Flight 800. She died at age 23 when the plane crashed into the Atlantic Ocean off Long Island on July 17, 1996 –  25 years ago this Saturday.     

A plaque in the garden reads: Jill’s Garden commemorates her love of children, education and nature. In this outdoor classroom children will come to know Jill’s joyful spirit as they share in the beauty of her butterfly garden. The sunflower, her favorite flower, will forever symbolize the sunshine she brought into the lives she touched. Make a difference … as Jill did.        

 The Record newspaper recently published a story featuring an interview with Jill Ann’s mother. The story can be found here.

Steve Quinn-Winner of Frank M. Chapman Award!

Stephen Quinn

The Board Members of the Bergen County Audubon Society are proud to announce that this year’s winner of the Frank M. Chapman Award is Stephen Quinn of Ridgefield Park.

There is no one that has ever been more deserving of the Frank M. Chapman award than Stephen Quinn. Steve literally has followed in Chapman’s footsteps from growing up birding in many of the very same places in Bergen County that Chapman did to his amazing career at the American Museum of Natural History in New York.

Both men devoted their lives to protecting our birds and educating every one of the wonders of the natural world. Thank you Steve. The Bergen County Audubon Society is proud to present you with this award and we are very sure Frank M. Chapman himself would be honored to have your name together with his on this award. Please join us on September 12th at the Meadowlands Birding Festival in DeKorte Park in Lyndhurst when we will present Steve with this award.

Don Torino-President, Bergen County Audubon Society