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.
Because 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.
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.
The New Jersey Meadowlands Commission (NJMC) is pleased to announce that it has been named the recipient of a Chapter Award from the New Jersey Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (NJASLA) for the design of the Commission’s River Barge Park.
The Chapter award – the NJASLA’s highest honor – acknowledges the Commission for creating an ecologically sustainable site design by integrating strategies for stormwater management, habitat restorations, reclaimed timber and energy efficiency.
The Commission will receive the award at the NJASLA’s annual meeting in Atlantic City next week, marking the 28th time that the NJMC has been honored by the NJASLA for its design of Meadowlands District parks.
River Barge Park, located along the Hackensack River in Carlstadt, opened in May 2012. The 5.5-acre park provides the first public access to the river from its western banks in southern Bergen County in decades. The NJMC preserved the property, which was once slated for residential development.
Yesterday, we asked you to count the number of Black-crowned Night Herons in the above photo. The answer is nine. (see below). Closeup of the upper left part of the frame follows, for you naysayers out there. Congrats to Patrick Carney for getting the right number, although there's probably another one in the somewhere… Horned larks, not so much.)
As we reviewed the Meadowlands Nature Blog posts from this past year, we realized just how many awesome images we posted from nature photographers.
In an effort to showcase these talents, and to get more folks to appreciate the natural beauty of the Meadowlands, we have started a new feature: "Monday Photographer Showcase."
We invite photographers to send in three of their favorite Meadowlands images, a brief bio, a little squib about why they love photographing here, and a link to their online pages. (A photo of yourself would be great, too!)
Images must be from the Meadowlands, and should be around 150K.
If you don't watermark them, we'll add a copyright for you. Email your photos to firstname.lastname@example.org, and feel free to suggest ways to make the showcase better.
We'll give it a try, and keep it going for as long as there's interest out there.
If you bird regularly, or even just keep a list for your backyard, it's time you signed up for eBird, an online way to keep track of (and share your sightings).
And if you plan to compete in the 2013 Meadowlands Big Year, it's pretty much a necessity.
No more guessing at spellings, or scribbling down bird lists on the back of envelopes.
And if you on one of the free guided walks sponsored by the Meadowlands Commission and Bergen County Audubon Society, we'll even share our eBird sightings list with you (and you can just remove the names of birds you didn't see).
At eBird.org you can automatically keep track of life lists, year lists, state county lists, backyard lists, Meadowlands lists and much much more.