Daily Archives: August 18, 2011

Don’t Forget: Saturday is Kevin Karlson Shorebird Day

Kevin Karlson photo for print- 7-11 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. Bring water, lunch and sunblock!

The day is sponsored by the N.J. Meadowlands Commission and the Bergen County Audubon Society.

DeKorte gates open at 8 a.m. Directions to DeKorte Park are in the left-hand column of this blog. Event details follow.

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South Bergenite: A Thatched Roof from Phrags

NJMC staffer Jim Wright, who keeps this blog, also writes a column every other Thursday for The South Bergenite. His latest, about a thatcher building a roof out of Phragmites in the Meadowlands, is below:

Most people don’t have much use for Phragmites, the tall, thick reed that has taken over much of the Meadowlands over the past 75 years.

But don’t count William Cahill among the invasive plant’s detractors.

Cahill is a thatcher — a craftsman originally from Galway, Ireland, who in recent weeks has been using Phrags to build the roof of a pavilion at River Barge Park, the New Jersey Meadowlands Commission’s new 5.5-acre waterside park and marina in Carlstadt.

It turns out that one of Meadowlands’ most persistent plants is also one of the most environmentally friendly building materials.

Full story continues below.

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