Daily Archives: March 15, 2011

Harp Seal Update

Seal_Kane Bank 022311 #4-1 We have heard of no more Harp Seal sightings in the Meadowlands since last month, and we are still looking for earlier records of any.

Erik Kiviat, executive director of Hudsonia, a non-profit environmental research institute, reports: "I have no Newark Bay or Hackensack River records of harp seal from the Marine Mammal Stranding Center as of 2008. There are two Hudson County records from Bayonne in NY Harbor, and many records from Monmouth Co."

But Tom Shinskey, principal environmental scientist for The Louis Berger Group, found this:  "NOAA [National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration] has noted the harp seal increase in the Northeast and mid-Atlantic and released this on Monday:  http://www.nero.noaa.gov/nero/hotnews/arcticseals/ (Thanks, Erik and Tom!)

Here's a snippet the NOAA press release: "NOAA reported today that there has been a large influx of harp seals into Northeast region waters. Harp seals typically are found from the Arctic to the southeast coast of Atlantic Canada, but they have been known to venture much further south." [The press release notes that one was seen as far south as North Carolina this year.]

Link to our original blog post is here.

Horned Grebe Update

A Horned Grebe was still present as of 12:15 today. Please e-mail Jim Wright here or call if you want a closer view of the grebe — 201-469-7349 — during weekday working hours.

We will post daily updates on this blog for as long as the grebe is seen.

Today’s Walk: Horned Grebe, Tree Swallows Plus


Great morning for our Third Tuesday walk, highlighted by great looks at the Horned Grebe in transitional plumage in Teal Pool.

Other highlights included first-of-the-year Tree Swallows (above). More than 20 folks participated — thanks for coming out on this beautiful day.

We will post a full list of birds, plus more pix, later this week.