Daily Archives: January 24, 2013

Friday Night’s ‘Nature of the Meadowlands’ Talk

4-Nature of Meadowlands cover sm The NJMC's Jim Wright is all set for his slide show and talk on the Meadowlands Commission's coffee-table book, "The Nature of the Meadowlands," on Friday night at 8:15 at Allendale's Borough Hall at 500 Crescent Ave., but please watch the weather.

Snow is in some forecasts, and if roads appear to be getting treacherous by 6:30 p.m., we will reschedule.

Check this blog for updates. If you have any questions regarding whether the show will go on as planned, call Jim at 201-469-7349.


Ridgefield Environmental Commission Wins Award

2011 Green Community Award- Ridgefield Boro-page-001Because of Hurricane Sandy, the Ridgefield Environmental Commission didn't get the credit it deserved for winning a Green Community Achievement Award from the New Jersey Forest Service.

The commission received the awrad not only for tree planting, tree diversity and tree maintenance, but also for its monitoring of the local (and beloved) Monk Parakeet colony and for the wonderful Ridgefield Nature Center, where Bergen County Audubon Society and the Meadwolands Commission hold our annual Mother's Day walk.

The plaque will be unveiled on Feb. 27 at the Ridgefield Public Library, following a free slide show and talk on "The Nature of the Meadowlands" by the NJMC's Jim Wright.

Congratulations to Ridgefield for this award.

Don Torino’s Column on Common Redpolls

Don Torino's latest column on wildnewjersey.tv is on the Common Redpolls seen at Losen Slote Creek Park.

Here's a sample:   

On a foggy Sunday morning, I walked the trails of one of the most unique natural places in the Meadowlands, Losen Slote Creek Park.

As I passed through the inimitable woodland habitat and entered a mist filled meadow full of Sumac, Blackberry, and Birches, I could hear a buzzing call that intensified as I entered the picturesque stand of Gray Birch that graces Losen Slote.

As I got closer to the trees, the electric sound got even louder and through the fog I could see masses of tiny birds hanging from the catkins like Christmas ornaments.

Raising my binoculars into the murkiness I could see what I had heard from far back, Redpolls!

The link is here, with photos by Jeff Nicol, including the one above.