Secaucus birder Ray Duffy got the first shot of the immature white ibis this morning — way across a tidal impoundment at Harrier Meadow. Naturally, a gull tried to steal the show by surfing on a tire.
The New Jersey Meadowlands Commission is participating in a federal program to measure sea levels as part of the commission’s efforts to assess the vitality of its marshes and to prepare for flooding that could result from global warming.
Measurements using a nifty gizmo called a sediment elevation table (pictured to right) are being taken by NJMC’s scientific arm, the Meadowlands Environmental Research Institute (MERI).
The Meadowlands Commission’s sea-level monitoring is one of the first of its kind in New Jersey.
Click "Continue reading" to learn more about sea-level rise and why it is significant to the region’s marshes.
Birder Ray Duffy of Secaucus went with NJMC Naturalist Michael Newhouse to see the white ibis yesterday afternoon to no avail, but as reported, he did see two female bobolinks (one pictured at right).
Later, he walked around the Marsh Discovery trail and the Saw Mill Creek trail south along the powerline trail. He found a Caspian tern out of the mudflats.
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Coming up: Report on white ibis hunt today