Monthly Archives: May 2009

DeKorte Finery — with labels

Bleeding hearts
   This spring, when you visit DeKorte Park, you can enjoy the plantings even more.
   If you'Bleeding hearts signre not a flora fanatic, you may often see a plant or bud that you have trouble identifying. No more.
    The Meadowlands Commission has been busy creating signs to go with the plants, so in most cases you'll be able to stop guessing. Those beautiful flowers above, are Bleeding Hearts, as the nearby sign explains.
  The idea is to make the park as enjoyable — and educational — as we can.
   Click "Continue reading…"  to see more plants in their finery.

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MoDo Mojo


   The Mourning Dove nest outside the Meadowlands Environment Center popped up in no time. The first time we got a good view of the youngsters was yesterday.
    Today, they fledged.  And another MoDo nest popped up in a neighboring tree. More on MoDOs here.
     Click "Continue reading …" for a photo of the new fledglings.

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Marsh Wren plus

Marsh Wren 5-16-10     Birder/photographer Dave Rotondi writes:
   "DeKorte continues to amaze with its diversity.  There's something new around every corner!
   "I was lucky enough to have a Forster's Tern display for me and have a Marsh Wren serenade me with its tail straight up in the air.  Too bad it was overcast this morning, but I wanted to share these pics with the blog."
    Dave also had Cedar Waxwings on the Kinglsand Overlook Trail over the weekend.
   Click "Continue reading …" for Dave's shot of the Forster's Tern.

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Nighthawks — how you can help!

   Common Nighthawks have been seen in the Meadowlands of late.
   We saw this guy (above) flying around the former 1-E Landfill in North Arlington last week, and birder Ray Duffy reported seeing one near an Office Building on Chubb Avenue in Lyndhurst a few days earlier.

   Nighthawks and other members of the Nightjar family aren't seen that often in these parts — to the point where the New Jersey Audubon Society does not include the Meadowlands in its annual Nightjar study, a project done in cooperation with NJ Division of Fish & Wildlife's Endangered and Non-game Species Program.
   That status could change if enough Nightjars are seen and reported here this year.
   If you see a Nightjar in the Meadowlands, or want more information about the Nightjar survey, please e-mail Kristin Mylecraine at this e-mail address.

   For more on the national Nightjar study, click here.

   For a list of the existing Nightjar survey points in New Jersey, click "Continue reading…" immediately below.

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Record article on Ravens and a new Osprey nest

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                                                                           NJMC photo by Angelo Urato
    As Environmental Jim O'Neill of The Record writes in today's editions, there appears to be a very good chance of a successful Osprey nest in Kearny this spring — the first in recent memory, and only the second along the lower Hackensack in decades. The other is in Jersey City near the PSE&G plant.

     The Record's story, which also goes into fascinating detail about the Common Ravens of Laurel Hill in Secaucus, is here.  It's an excellent read.

Upcoming walks, paddles, and eco-cruises


    As part of our 40th anniversary celebration, the Meadowlands Commission is pleased to announce:

  •   Our Hackensack River Eco-Cruises begin next Tuesday (May 19) and Wednesday (May 20) at 5:30 p.m.
  •    We are hosting a free nature walk at Harrier Meadow on Friday, May 22, at 11 a.m. for an early kickoff of Memorial Day Weekend. 
  •   We are hosting a trail clean-up and free nature walk at Mill Creek Marsh in Secaucus to celebrate National Trail Day on June 6.
  •    We are hosting a Father’s Day Canoe Paddle on June 21 at 8:30 a.m. at Mill Creek Point Park in Secaucus.

Click Continue reading…" immediately below for more information on  the walks, eco-cruises and paddling tours.

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Scenes along the Hackensack — await you!

    We took this photo of Double-Crested Cormorants — and many more images — during one of our first Ecotourism pontoon boat trips of the season this week.
   Click here to view information on how to join us on one of our inexpensive two-hour tours of the Hackensack River, Mill Creek Marsh and the Saw Mill Creek Wildlife Management Area.
   Click "Continue reading …" to see more photos from this weekday cruise — including a Peregrine Falcon, two nifty bridges, an Osprey, Harmon Cove and a Great Egret.

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