New NJSEA Fish Study Online

The Meadowlands Blog often features posts about the abundant bird life found in the Meadowlands, but today we feature a somewhat “fishy” story.

The NJSEA has released its most recent Fisheries Inventory study. The comprehensive report details findings of NJSEA naturalists who spent 2013-2015 taking inventory of the diversity of and numbers of fish species found in the Meadowlands District portion of the Hackensack River and some of its tributaries.

The researchers also monitored the water quality of the river during their work. This report compares the recent fishery collections to those done by the NJMC in 2001-2003 and the HMDC’s original fisheries inventory of 1987-1988.  Read the full report here

Great Walk At Losen Slote This Morning!

Don Torino of the Bergen County Audubon Society reports that a great group of nature lovers were greeted this morning by a Bald Eagle and Red-tailed Hawks during the BCAS’ nature walk at Losen Slote Creek Park in Little Ferry!

Don’t miss the next BCAS Meadowlands walk, a special Easter Sunday walk at DeKorte Park on April 21. For more info contact Don at greatauk4@gmail.com or 201-230-4983.

Tomorrow (April 16): BCAS Walk at Losen Slote Creek Park!

Don’t miss the Bergen County Audubon Society Meadowlands walk tomorrow, Tuesday, April 16, from 10 am to noon at Losen Slote Creek Park and the Mehrhof Pond Wildlife Observation Area, both in Little Ferry.

Losen Slote is a rare remaining parcel of woodlands in the Meadowlands and the Observation Area offers great views of Mehrhof Pond. For more information contact Don Torino at greatauk4@gmail.com or 201-230-4983.

A Tribute to Pete Bacinski

As previously posted, longtime Meadowlands birder Pete Bacinski passed away last night. Pete was a Lyndhurst native well-known for his great work with the NJ Audubon Society. Chris Takacs of the Bergen County Audubon Society sent in the following:

Last night a pillar of the birding community died, Pete Bacinski. 
Pete was a local guy, raised in Lyndhurst. He went to Jefferson School, Lyndhurst HS and Fairleigh Dickinson University. He spent many years birding the Meadowlands as a teenager and older when it was all dumps.

He directed the Sandy Hook Bird Observatory for NJ Audubon, Owl Haven Nature Center and the All Things Birds Program. He led Eco-Tours across North America and had a weekly column on birding in the Star-Ledger for 14 years. He was part of the first World Series of Birding winning team with Roger Tory Peterson, Bill Boyle, Pete Dunne and David Sibley. He was the leader of the original Meadowlands Birding Festival while he was with NJ Audubon. 


Pete was a tremendous birder, naturalist, teacher… a wealth of information. Everyone liked him and he liked everyone. He’s done presentations for Bergen County Audubon that were amazing. He had so much to share. He’ll always be remembered by me for his greeting “Hello my friend”. The birding community is mourning his loss and will really miss this larger than life man. I believe so will the birds he loved. All the birds sing a bit softer and mournful today for Pete.

Chris Takacs, BCAS

Tribute to Pete Bacinski

As previously posted, longtime Meadowlands birder Pete Bacinski passed away last night. Pete was a Lyndhurst native well-known for his great work with the NJ Audubon Society. Chris Takacs of the Bergen County Audubon Society sent in the following:

Last night a pillar of the birding community died, Pete Bacinski. 
Pete was a local guy, raised in Lyndhurst. He went to Jefferson School, Lyndhurst HS and Fairleigh Dickinson University. He spent many years birding the Meadowlands as a teenager and older when it was all dumps.

He directed the Sandy Hook Bird Observatory for NJ Audubon, Owl Haven Nature Center and the All Things Birds Program. He led Eco-Tours across North America and had a weekly column on birding in the Star-Ledger for 14 years. He was part of the first World Series of Birding winning team with Roger Tory Peterson, Bill Boyle, Pete Dunne and David Sibley. He was the leader of the original Meadowlands Birding Festival while he was with NJ Audubon. 


Pete was a tremendous birder, naturalist, teacher… a wealth of information. Everyone liked him and he liked everyone. He’s done presentations for Bergen County Audubon that were amazing. He had so much to share. He’ll always be remembered by me for his greeting “Hello my friend”. The birding community is mourning his loss and will really miss this larger than life man. I believe so will the birds he loved. All the birds sing a bit softer and mournful today for Pete.

Chris Takacs, BCAS

Sad News

Sad news to report via Jim Wright’s Celery Farm and Beyond blog. Pete Bacinski, well-known for his work with NJ Audubon for more than  25 years and his incredible inaugural World Series of Birding count, passed away last night. Pete was a Lyndhurst native and long-time Meadowlands birder. Pete’s favorite bird, the Cedar Waxwing, is pictured above. Read more on the Celery Farm and Beyond blog