Daily Archives: August 1, 2011

Butterfly Day: The Last Round-Up

Butterfly Day was such a success that we are still keeping up with the TV and newspaper coverage.

A link to story by Hudson Reporter staff writer Adriana Rambay Fernández is here.

A NY1 segment on Butterfly Day is here.

Also wanted to share a photo (above) of the unsung stars of Butterfly Day, the butterflies and flowers cupcakes baked by Jennifer Wallace. (Thanks, Jennifer!)

Bird Report: 073111, Night

Mike Britt reports:

[Sunday] night, Common Nighthawks were heard calling over the Kingsland and 1-E Landfills. One nighthawk was observed by the Erie Landfill. Two Barn Owls were observed nearby. (Thanks, Mike!)

[Note: Disposal Road goes past both Kingsland and Erie Landfills. Look out for speed bumps and traffic any time of day or night; try to avoid the road weekdays because of heavy construction equipment and other trucks using the roadway.]

DeKorte Family-friendly Bird Count: The Full List

We had a fun Sunday bird walk/bird count at DeKorte on Sunday, with 20 participants and 39 species of birds. Bird of the day was a low-flying American Kestrel, headed from the Kingsland Overlook toward the Shorebird Pool, seen By Julie McCall.

As for incidental butterflies, we also has several Pearl Crescents and Silver-spotted Skippers, a Black Swallowtail, a Question Mark, Broad-winged Skippers, Cabbage Whites and a Orange Sulphur.

We will post some pix by Jeff Nicol on Tuesday.

(Thanks to Julie, Peggy, and Denise for helping with the list, which follows).

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McDowell Observatory: August Public Viewing Nights

IMG_5829 The William D. McDowell Observatory in DeKorte Park begins a new month of programming tonight with free public access from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. on Monday and Wednesday nights — weather permitting, of course.

Dress for the weather; with the dome open, you are basically outside.

Each evening at least two major objects in the night sky will be viewed, plus one or two other celestial objects or events depending on the observing conditions.

For more information about free public viewing nights and to check out the observatory's new website, click here.

For a South Bergenite column by the NJMC's Jim Wright about the observatory, click here.


Flyway Gallery: August and September

Internationally renowned artist Mohamed Khalil’s remarkable talent for transforming seemingly mundane, everyday items into amazing objects of abstract artistic expression will be on display at the New Jersey Meadowlands Commission’s (NJMC) Flyway Gallery during the months of August and September.

The found-art exhibit, “Curbside Collections,” runs tomorrow (Tuesday, Aug. 2) through Friday, Sept. 30. A reception for Khalil is scheduled from noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 6.

The show features close to 100 vivid acrylic, pencil and watercolor impressions with collage and mixed media,including a cocktail table top converted into a canvas for a dazzling piece depicting dawn in the city, a
discarded pallet from a Paterson mill with colorful memories of Khalil’s childhood, and a piece of wooden flooring found curbside transformed into the first of a series of pieces that can be displayed in a number of
different combinations.

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