Monthly Archives: March 2009


    Last week, we posted an item featuring the above photo of a Red-tailed Hawk appearing to drag-race a "jumbo jet."
    A hawk-eyed reader points out that the aircraft in question was actually a
DeHavilland Canada DHC-8-402Q Dash 8.
   The Meadowlands Blog regrets the error, and eagerly awaits enrolling in a "Aircraft ID for Beginners" course.

Skeetkill Marsh Clean-Up: Thank You!

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                                                        Photos by Brian Aberback/NJMC

More than 50 middle school students, local businesspeople and Ridgefield residents joined forces on Thursday to clean the Skeetkill Marsh as part of the MeSkeetkillcleanup 002adowlands Conservation Trust’s (MCT) annual Clean-Up Day.  

      The cleanup was organized as part of the MCT’s Park Stewardship Program, which recruits volunteers from corporations, schools, civic clubs and other organizations for clean up and site maintenance projects.

     Volunteers spent three hours removing more than 50 bags of litter from around the marsh and public sitting area, including food wrappers, soda bottles, metal rope, plaster and a truck tire.

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Snipes Park, Secaucus

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                                                                                                                                                                                       One of the nifty unsung public parks in the Meadowlands is Snipes Park in Secaucus, a riverfront park that offers great views of the Hackensack  and any birds that might be on or above the river.
   Snipes park sign The park is located on the Meadowlands Parkway behind WWOR. You'll see signs just to the left of WWOR's gated parking lot.
   On a recent trip, we got some great looks at Buffleheads floating down the Hackensack. There are barbecue grills, picnic tables, benches and an ADA-compatible playground.

   Now that the weather is getting warmer, this is a nice place to chill.

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K Rations

IMG_2398-1     We saw this American Kestrel arrive with dinner earlier this month, a reminder of nature's ever-present food chain in action.
   She hunts the fields off Valley Brook Avenue on a regular basis.

Birding for Beginners


  The Meadowlands Commission is partnering with Bergen County Audubon Society for its major March birding event.

    "Birding for Beginners" will be held on Sunday (March 29) from 1 to 3 p.m. at DeKorte Park in Lyndhurst.

    You can learn how to get started birding, learn about optics, and how to identify birds.  We will begin indoors and then venture outside to use our new skills.


   Registration is required for this free event.

   Please contact Don Torino at Bergen County Audubon Society at 201-636-4022 or email here.

   Stay tuned for other upcoming events, including a Skeetkill Marsh clean-up in March.