Daily Archives: September 26, 2008

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.

   Click "Continue reading…" immediately below for this week’s tally.

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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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