We recently interviewed Paulette Ramsey, who talks about her late husband, Richard W. DeKorte, and his foresight and contributions to the Meadowlands.
As a state assemblyman in the late 1960s, DeKorte was instrumental in crafting the legislation that created the New Jersey Meadowlands Commission. DeKorte Park is named in his honor.
DeKorte also laid out the foundation for the region’s environmental restoration and economic development over the past four decades.
He also laid out the foundation for the region’s environmental restoration and economic development over the past four decades.
In the interviews, Mrs. Ramsey talks about her late husband’s foresight and contributions to the Meadowlands, as well as NJMC’s collaboration with Ramapo College and the district today.
A plaque (above) in the lobby of the NJMC Administration Building at DeKorte Park honors his memory.
Neil Maruca reports: Disposal Rd had the Northern Shrike, seen twice briefly between 11am and noon near the retention pond. Also around DeKorte today, American Pipit, 5 harriers, and a Rough-legged Hawk (light phase).
Mehrhof had 14 Lesser Scaup, 2 Ring Neck Ducks, 40 GW Teal, 150 Ruddies, 8 Common & 9 Hooded Mergs, Kingfisher.
Cromakill Marsh held 100 Ring-billed Gull, 150 GW Teal, and 20 Ruddies. (Thanks, Neil!)
Ron Shields took this shot of an immature Bald Eagle flying over Disposal Road on Thursday. A while later, he got a shot an adult Bald Eagle in nearby DeKorte Park. (Thanks, Ron!)
Julie McCall reports: "I saw the shrike Friday from 11:45 til about noon, squabbling with a mockingbird (and a downy woodpecker, of all things), and singing like nobody's business, close enough to watch without my binoculars."
For her extended report, including a mention of a cane she found, click "Continue reading…" immediately below.
The year 2009 marked the New Jersey Meadowlands Commission's 40th anniversary and a major expansion of our nature programs. We thought we'd celebrate by looking back at 2009, month by month.
Here are some highlights from July:
July 6: Butterfly in Progress
July 6: A Walk to Remember (Black Skimmers)
July 9: Baby Waxwing?
July 10: (Young) Peregrine's Progress
July 13: Cormorant Vs. Eel
July 15: Osprey Nest in Kearny
July 28: Butterfly Report (Viceroy)
July 29: Praying Mantis
Dave Blinder passed along some great shots late last week, before the storm and the Christmas Bird Count, and we are only now posting them.
Dave's photos on Flickr can be found here.
Click continue reading…" below for shots of a Yellow-throat and a Redtail.