Daily Archives: August 13, 2010

Don’t Forget: NJMC Pontoon Boat Rides

The Meadowlands Commission is running its terrific pontoon boat eco-cruises out of its new marina in Carlstadt, IMG_8248-1
and NJMC naturalist Gabrielle Bennett-Meany reports that she has some openings on a few upcoming cruises, including Aug. 18 and 19 at 5:30 p.m.

On a cruise earlier this week had more than 1,000 semipalmated sandpipers (above) hanging out on a nearby dock alongside a Yellow-crowned Night Heron (righth). We also had Ospreys and a Peregrine Falcon (Thanks, Marcus!).

All four species are considered threatened, endangered or of special concern statewide.

The suggested donation is $15 per person for the two-hour cruise, making it one of the best deals around. Download a schedule and registration form here. For more information e-mail Gabrielle here.

Other pix from this week's cruise follow.



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Help Wanted: Shorebird Roosting Sites

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As the New Jersey Audubon Society embarks on its Meadowlands Shorebird Study, researchers are eager to hear of any overlooked places in the district where shorebirds congregate.

For an example, N.J. Meadowlands Commission staffer Angelo Urato passed along a photo (above) to this blog of dozens of peeps roosting on a dock at the new River Barge Marina in Carlstadt.

Another pic and more info follow.

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