Daily Archives: April 30, 2010

Don’t Forget: Laurel Hill Walk on Sunday


     The Laurel Hill Walk on Sunday at 10 a.m. promises to be nifty — we checked out the Common Ravens' nest on Friday, and it appears to be a full house.
    We are unsure how many nestlings there are, but there have been reports of at least three.
   The nest is so crowded that one of the parents sits on the ledge outside the nest. We'll have spotting scopes on Sunday so everyone will get great views.
   Details on the walk follow — be sure to rsvp.

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Observatory: May Schedule

    The William D. McDowell Observatory in  DeKorte Park begins a new month of programming next Monday night with free public programs at 8:30 and 9:30 p.m. — weather permitting, of course. Note the later starting times.
   Dress for the weather; with the dome open, you are basically outside.
   Each evening two major objects in the night sky will be viewed, plus one or two other celestial objects or events depending on the observing conditions. 
Pictured at left is the observatory's state-of-the-art telescope with a 20-inch mirror, housed beneath a retractable dome.
   The telescope, one of the largest in the area, is equipped with cameras to record the stars and planets. Special filters block light pollution.
    For detailed information and the complete May schedule, click here.

Flyway Gallery for May

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 The New Jersey Meadowlands Commission’s Flyway Gallery will host an exhibit featuring watercolors of herons, eagles, foxes and other wildlife during May.
   The show, “The Wildlife Art of James Fiorentino,” is on display from Sunday (May 2) through Friday, June 4.
   Fiorentino’s wildlife paintings, which include portraits of Black Bears, Mountain Lions and Peregrine Falcons, are known for their exquisite detail and realism. 
   A reception for the artist is scheduled for Sunday, May 16, from noon to 3 p.m. More information and a painting of Bald Eagles follows.
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