Monthly Archives: March 2011

World Series of Birding Team Name: We Have a Winner!

A big thank you to everyone who submitted a name for our World Series of Birding team. Although we had lots of great choices from the 49 suggested names, we have decided to go with the Meadowlands Marsh Hawks, submitted by Mike Gempp. (Thanks, Mike!)

Although we had thought we wanted a Bergen-oriented name, we decided that the Meadowlands Marsh Hawks made us more recognizable.

We are now frantically putting together a "logo-type thing," which we will post shortly, along with more info on our team and the bird-banding project we are raising money for. Thanks again to all.

Sun Astronomy

In recent days, DeKorte's Center for Environmental and Scientific Education has been providing young students with unusual looks at the Sun as part of the Meadowlands Environment Center's Solar Energy program.

Above, a class from Elizabeth is getting a peek at sunspots (below) through a Coronado SolarMax 90 telescope with a hydrogen-alpha filter. (That's why the Sun appears to be red in the photo, taken by the MEC's John Rusher. Thanks, John).
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Long-Eared Owl, North Arlington, February

Marilyn Lobos saw this owl perched in her yard in North Arlington last month and offered to share her photo with the Meadowlands Nature Blog.

The Meadowlands gets a few of these noctural raptors each winter, but they tend to be far more secretive than this.

More on Long-eared Owls here. (Thanks, Marilyn!)

Tuesday Teaser 032911

In honor of our upcoming Birders for Beginners Classes, which run the next three Sundays from 1 to 3 p.m. at DeKorte Park, we thought we'd offer a close-up view of a local frequent flyer.

Who is it? Male of female?

Unearthing History

If you’ve walked through DeKorte Park’s Lyndhurst Nature Reserve and come across the plots in the photo above, you’ve probably wondered what they are.

Wonder no more.

Sue Lewicki of the Meadowlands Environment Center says: “These are our practice archaeological dig pits for our field trip program entitled ‘Peek at the Past.’  Students are introduced to Meadowlands history through maps and artifact study.

“We have a collection of artifacts from early 20th century in the Science Building, but, weather permitting, students are also introduced to proper dig techniques (it’s a lot more “scraping” than digging) and we used the gridded pits to organize teams in unearthing their own specimens.

“We never really are sure what contributions people have shoved in the soil recently, but occasionally the student haul up something that we didn’t plant and that’s genuinely been in the load of soil (who knows where it came from) for a long time – the 1950s Mountain Dew bottle with the hillbilly was my favorite (‘It’ll Tickle Yore Innards’ – they just don’t write catch phrases like that anymore).”

Banded American Robin

We happened to photograph this American Robin last week in DeKorte Park's IMG_7270 Lyndhurst Nature Reserve.

In going over the photos, we noticed it was banded — perhaps the handiwork of NJMC naturalist Mike Newhouse and his volunteers?