Monthly Archives: August 2011

DeKorte Rescue: Part One (Before the Storm)

Paula Dias writes:

"During my walk thru Dekorte Park on Thursday, I stumbled upon two pair of baby (snapping?) turtles.

At first they just looked like mud clumps, but then saw they were turtles! They were on the path, facing away from the water, headed for the road!

We picked them up and put them closer to the water, out of tire-tread harm. (Thanks, Paula! The baby snapping turtles thank you, too.)

Two more pix follow.

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Teaser Answer: More Than You Probably Thought

This young Peregrine Falcon is one of four birds on the State's Endangered Species List that nest in the Meadowlands.

Here's the full monte of nesting Meadowlands birds on the state's Endangered, Threatened, and Species of Special Concern lists:

Endangered ( 4):  Pied-billed Grebe, Peregrine Falcon, Least Tern, Northern Harrier.

Threatened (4):  Osprey, Savannah Sparrow, Yellow-crowned Night Heron, Black-crowned Night Heron.

Special Concern (10): American Kestrel, Barn Owl,Brown Thrasher, Common Gallinule (moorhen), Common Nighthawk, Horned lark, Least Bittern, Saltmarsh  Sparrow, Spotted Sandpiper, Virginia Rail.




Don Torino’s Last Post: Harrier Meadow

It's almost as if Don Torino — who leads a lot of the free nature walks that the Meadowlands Commission and the Bergen County Audubon Society offer every month — knew that an American Avocet would show up at Harrier Meadow this week.

Don writes about this amazing place in his latest post for

Link is here.

Meadowlands Festival of Birding: Coming Soon

Passing the following along from the Hackensack Riverkeeper — the Meadowlands Commission is hosting the event, and the NJMC's Mike Newhouse (above) will be doing a bird-banding demonstration at Harrier Meadow. The festival is a great event for birders of all levels…

We hope you'll join us next weekend, September 10 & 11, at the 8th Annual Meadowlands Festival of Birding at the Meadowlands Environment Center in Lyndhurst, NJ. This is a really nice event that can either introduce you to the wonderful world of birds, or simply be an opportunity to search for migrating birds in a beautiful setting in the company of some of the region's best birders!

Full info follows. Link to Riverkeeper's Festival Page is here.

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Bird Report: Avocet Update 0830

IMG_7878The American Avocet was again seen at Harrier Meadow this morning (Tuesday) just after 10  and was still there as of 11. (Photo above is from this morning, amid a juvie Forster's Tern and some yellowlegs.) Also seen: Osprey, Falcon sp., Redtail, Gadwall, egrets and peeps. Boblink were seen by some of us.

Anyone interested in a lunchtime look for the bird on Wednesday should contact Jim Wright: jim.wright (at) 

Tuesday Teaser: 083011

Someone asked us recently how many species of birds on the state's Threatened and Endangered lists nest in the Meadowlands. Do you know how many, and what species?

What about nesting species on the state's list of birds of Special Concern? (Another  nesting species was added this summer.) Do you know how many, and which species?

Answer, and our eternal admiration to whoever gets it right, tomorrow.


Bird Report: American Avocet, Harrier Meadow

NJMC Naturalist Mike Newhouse and Chris Takacs saw this American Avocet in Harrier Meadow today.

Harrier Meadow is typically closed to the public but if the bird continues, we will have an informal walk tomorrow (Tuesday) at 10 a.m.

If the bird is not there, we will post something on the blog by 9:15 a.m.  You can also call NJMC staffer Jim Wright's cellphone at 201-469-7349 after 9 a.m.