Monthly Archives: November 2012

Neat Story — Plus Two Book Events Saturday

Nature of Meadowlands cover-002Jim Wright, who maintains this blog, is speaking about his new book for the NJMC, "The Nature of the Meadowlands," at Wild Birds Unlimited in Paramus tomorrow (Saturday) from 11 a.m. to noon.

Jim and Governor Tom Kean, who wrote the book's foreword, will be signing copies at Bookends in Ridgewood from 1 to 2 p.m. tomorrow (Saturday).

Sean Sullivan wrote an in-depth story about the book, posted on the website today. The link is here.

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Sunday: Our Next Cleanup and Walk (Note times)

To help address storm-related damage to DeKorte Park, we have adjusted our plans for the first-Sunday walk on Disposal Road this Sunday — and added a cleanup of parts of DeKorte Park.

[Note: A press report has the incorrect times for the DeKorte Cleanup: It's from 10 a.m. to noon on Sunday.]

The Raptor Walk along Disposal Road now begins at 9 a.m. on Sunday at the AmVets Carillon (halfway down Disposal Road).

The DeKorte Park Cleanup runs from 10 a.m. to noon on Sunday at DeKorte Park. We will clean up the Shorewalk in front of the visitors parking lot and the area around the "beach" at Teal Pool — we'll explain in detail on Sunday. :- )

Both the walk and cleanup are sponsored by the N.J. Meadowlands Commission and the Bergen County Audubon Society. We apprciate your help. We hope to announce more cleanup dates next week.

Full listings and information on both Sunday events follow.

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(Belated) Disposal Road Report

(Editor's Note: Here's a possible preview of Sunday's Raptor Walk along Disposal Road.)

Mike Girone writes:

Apologies for the lateness of this.

Spent much of last Friday afternoon on Disposal Road. The usual cast of characters (both human and avian) was present, especially later in the afternoon. We watched at least 2 Northern Harriers patrolling the landfill (they never got along with each other).

A few fiesty American Kestrels were present, as was an adult Cooper's Hawk. Also seen was a juvenile Red-tailed Hawk (a Northern Harrier escorted it along), and a juvenile Peregrine Falcon that landed in one of the Kestrels' trees atop the landfill, much to the annoyance of one kestrel in particular.

It chased the larger falcon off, and escorted it over the retention pond (the Peregrine ended up atop a nearby high-tension tower). Beautiful weather that day was capped off by a beautiful sunset.

As Ron Shields recently said, in light of recent events, it's good to see the nice side of nature again. (Thanks, Mike!)

Tomorrow: Disposal Road Raptor Dogfight

Friday: Recent Disposal Road Bald Eagle

More pix follow.

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