Daily Archives: January 3, 2013

Two More Rough-legged Hawk Pix

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We have had at least two Rough-legged Hawks in the district in the past week or so — typically at a long distance.  Herewith, some pix of this rare hawk, both light-morph and dark morph. 

Above, the light-morph, photographed by Patrick Carney on Dec. 31 on Disposal Road.

Below, a dark-morph photographed earlier that day by Ron Shields on — you guessed it — Disposal Road. IMG_4057(1)


And the Winners Are….

Congratulations to everyone who competed in our first-ever Meadowlands Big Year competition. We saw an amazing number of great birds — 2013 will be hard-pressed to equal 2012.

The grand prize winner, Chris Takacs of Lyndhurst (above), saw an astounding 211 species –  five more than NJMC staffer Mike Newhouse, who set the bar for the other entrants.

In the “out of district” category, we had a two-way tie. Doug Morel of Mahwah and Ramon Gomez of West New York each saw 171 species. We will post their photos as soon as we can get them.

For their Herculean efforts, all three birders receive an autographed copy of the new book “The Nature of the Meadowlands,” an NJMC pontoon boat ride for two and  a one-year membership in the Meadowlands Environment Center public programming.

Because Chris had the highest tally, the Bergen County Audubon Society is donating $211 — one for each species — in Chris’ name to buy native plants for a Meadowlands park or natural area. (Thanks, BCAS!)

The awards will be presented at the next BCAS meeting, at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 16, at the Teaneck Creek Conservancy, 20 Puffin Way
Teaneck, NJ.

We will try to post the lists from all three birders when we can.

Full results follow.

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South Bergenite Story on Volunteer Cleanups

There's  nice article in the South Bergenite today about our volunteer cleanups.

Here's the beginning:

Volunteer cleanup crews working with the New Jersey Meadowlands Commission (NJMC) and the the Bergen County Audubon Society (BCAS) in the Meadowlands for the past few weeks have been clearing away the litter and debris brought by the intense winds and devastating flooding of Hurricane Sandy.

"The Commission was able to bring Mill Creek Marsh, Harrier Meadow and part of DeKorte Park back online so quickly thanks to a tremendous effort by the NJMC landscape crew and the nearly 150 people who gave 269 hours of their time participating in five volunteer cleanups at these parks," said Marcia Karrow, Executive Director of the NJMC.

The link is here.