Our third annual Kevin Karlson Shorebird Day is Saturday, Aug. 20, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Kevin is one of the nation's top nature photographers and author/co-author of several books, including "The Shorebird Guide" and "The Birds of Cape May."
All the programs are free, and include two guided walks, a birding ID seminar and a photography workshop with Kevin and Lloyd Spitalnik.
The day is sponsored by the N.J. Meadowlands Commission and the Bergen County Audubon Society.
During the month of August, the Meadowlands Commission is lowering the water levels in the Shorebird Pool at DeKorte whenever possible in order to provide daylong mudflats for migrating shorebirds.
The levels were recently lowered, and so far we have been getting plenty of peeps, Yellowlegs and Dowitchers.
If/When water levels are increased, it is because of concerns over dissolved oxygen levels.
We visited all three Osprey nests in the Meadowlands District earlier this week, and counted a total of 12 Ospreys.
Four Ospreys were near the Kearny nest opposite Laurel Hill Park.
Two more were perched just to the south, on a power line just south of the Eastern Spur of the Turnpike on the west side of the Hackensack River.
They appeared to be working on a relatively new nest atop a nearby utility pole. (Left.)
A little work had been done at that site in the past year but nothing had become of it.
Two more were at their nest in Jersey City near the PSE&G Generating Plant. (Right.)
The final four were near the nest Bloomberg Radio Station Towers in Carlstadt, and once again incredibly territorial — perhaps because we were on foot instead of a pontoon boat.
We kept our distance, but they still flew over us and shouted at us. (Above.)
As of 8 a.m. Sunday, we hope to have our 10 a.m. shorebird walk, even if we get some light rain.
Note: Lightning/thunder cancels. Here's the full info:
Sunday, August 7, 10 a.m.
First-Sunday-of-the-Month Nature Walk with the NJMC and BCAS
This free two-hour guided nature walk starts outside the Meadowlands Environment Center in DeKorte Park in Lyndhurst. We’ll walk around the square-mile park, looking for migrating shorebirds, butterflies and various egrets and herons. The walk is run by the N.J. Meadowlands Commission and the Bergen County Audubon Society. Check meadowblog.net for last-minute updates and weather advisories. 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 201-230-4983.
Directions to DeKorte are on the left-hand side of this blog.
The long-awaited repairs to DeKorte Park's Marsh Discovery Trail are in the works and should be here by year's end.
(The commission thanks everyone for their patience. No one is more eager than us for the trail to be open for its entire length again!)
Read The South Bergenite story on the repairs here.