Monthly Archives: September 2008

HARBOR HERONS: The latest findings


  The Meadowlands Commission hosted a press conference on the Harbor Herons Project today, featuring speakers from New York City Audubon and the New Jersey Audubon Society talking about the preliminary findings from this summer’s research.

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  Click here for all Harbor Herons posts.

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HARRIER MEADOW: Sign up now for free guided walks planned

  The Meadowlands Commission is planning three guided walks through Harrier Meadow during the month of October.

   All are free and open to the general public.

   The dates and times are:

   Wednesdays Oct. 8 and 15 at 12:30 p.m. (hour walk.)

  Saturday Oct. 25 at 8:30 a.m. (90-minute walk.)  — This one is now wait-listed.

   Please e-mail NJMC Staffer Jim Wright to sign up or to get your name on the Harrier Meadow mailing list.

KESTRELS in North Arlington

   American Kestrels have been putting on a great air show on the Erie Landfill in North Arlington in recent weeks.
   We saw at least four working the Img_92791_2 site last week, zipping about and then hovering when they eyed prey.
   The Meadowlands Commission has put up kestrel nesting boxes at Erie in hopes of getting them to breed here.
   Kestrels, a small falcon, have declined at an "alarming" rate in New Jersey, according to the state’s Img_8575 Endangered and Non-Game Species Program.
   It is particularly encouraging to see so many of them at once.
   More on kestrels here.
   More on kestrels in New Jersey here (click American Kestrel).

BIRD BANDING: Week of 092208-092608

   NJMC naturalists are conducting a study to see what kinds of habitats should be created on the Meadowlands’ landfills to attract a greater diversitImg_7726_3y of migrating birds and to provide nesting habitat for threatened or endangered grasslands species, such as Savannah Sparrows and Grasshopper Sparrows.   

    As part of the study, Meadowlands Commission naturalists have been mist-netting birds on the Erie Landfill in North Arlington, banding them and recording their vital statistics, and then releasing them.

      We will post the bird data for the week here on Fridays through early November whenever possible.

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INSECTS: Praying mantis

   We saw this praying mantis the other day at the base of the Erie Landfill in North Arlington.

   He was huge, and totally unfazed by humans walking by — to the point we almost accidentally stepped on him.
   More on praying mantises here.
   Riddle: What is a praying mantis’ favorite plant?
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Img_8116 The last we saw of the racing pigeon was last Friday, but we did get a call from the secretary of the local pigeon racing association.

   He said that this pigeon-racing season, and the pigeon who hung out at deKorte Park for a couple of days last week was probably just taking a prolonged pit stop because he was exhausted.
   His advice to anyone who sees a racing pigeon just hanging around: Make sure it has a good source of fresh water.

FLYWAY GALLERY: Rutherford Show



The Flyway Gallery in the Meadowlands Environment Center will host the Art Association of Rutherford’s 61st Annual Open Juried Art and Photography Exhibit from Oct. 3 through Oct. 31.
The show focuses on nature and the environment and features photos and sketches of birds, ducks, egrets, wildflowers and other natural scenes. A gala reception is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 11, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m

    The NJMC created the Flyway Gallery to help foster the cultural identity of the 14-town Meadowlands District by providing a space to showcase the talent of local artists. The gallery is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
   Admission is free. For information, please call (201) 460-8300 or visit click here.

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