Just in time for Tuesday's free guided Harrier Meadow walk, 20 students from the Ecology Club of St. Joseph Regional Prep in Montvale spent the better part of a day last week cleaning up the 70-acre site.
They picked up several contractor bags' worth of trash and found was weird flotsam that came in with the tides (12 feet of nautical rope — still looped — a McDonalds Happy Meal toy, shotgun shells, a bowling pin, a doll leg, a Doll's head, a 10- foot piece of rebar, and light bulbs.
The work crew also cut back some of the runaway groundsel to restore part of the Harrier Meadow meadow. (Thanks, St. Joe!)
Seen at Harrier Meadow on Friday: More than 200 Greater Yellowleg, 8 Dunlin, a Spotted Sandpiper and a Wilson's Snipe.
Details of the walk follow.
Tuesday, April 19, 10 a.m.
Third-Tuesday-of-the-Month Bird Walk with the NJMC and BCAS
This free two-hour guided nature walk will take us to the legendary Harrier Meadow in North Arlington. The 70-acre site, usually off limits to the public, features ponds and tidal impoundments and birds aplenty – including a bird-banding demonstration. We meet at 10 a.m. at the entrance to Harrier Meadow on Disposal Road. You can also meet us at the visitors’ parking lot at DeKorte Park in Lyndhurst at 9:30 a.m. and we can carpool. The walk is run by the N.J. Meadowlands Commission and the Bergen County Audubon Society. Check meadowblog.net for last-minute updates. You will have to sign a standard liability release for this event. To rsvp, contact Don Torino of the BCAS at firstname.lastname@example.org or 201-636-4022.