Ron Shields was among a group of five who went to see the Whimbrel at lunch in Harrier Meadow yesterday. Among his shots, he got the birds about to fly away, and then agin in the air. It never did land in Harrier again.This was reportedly the first Bergen County sighting since 1975.
The New Jersey Meadowlands Commission’s (NJMC) highly anticipated guided pontoon boat cruises and canoe tours of the Hackensack River and its marshes begin tomorrow, giving visitors an up-close view of the Meadowlands District’s spectacular scenic beauty and the region’s remarkable environmental comeback.
The first pontoon boat trip is Friday, June 1, at 5:30 p.m., launching from River Barge Park in Carlstadt. The season’s inaugural canoe tour is Saturday, June 16, at 8:30 a.m. It departs from Laurel Hill County Park in Secaucus. Boat and canoe tours run through mid-September.
The two-hour boat cruises are led by expert NJMC narrators who explain the history of the river and its tributaries, including its natural and man-made features, and point out wildlife along the way.
Don Torino's latest post for wildnewjersey.tv is all about Milkweed and its pivotal role for the Monarch Butterfly.
Writes Don: Since we are approaching a fiery presidential election, I thought I would throw my hat into the political ring. I already have my campaign slogan, 'A Milkweed in every yard.' I am not sure how many states I would win …. but I will take my chances; the Monarchs can certainly use our help."
Don has donated so many Milkweed seeds to the Meadowlands Commission that we call him "Donny Milkweed Seed."