A Great BCAS Donation for Harrier Meadow

The president of Bergen County Audubon Society, Don Torino, stopped by N.J. Meadowlands Commission offices  earlier this week to present a check for $1,500 to NJMC Executive Director Marcia Karrow 1-DSCN5516-001for restoration work in Harrier Meadow.

The purpose of the project is to improve the habitat by bringing more  native shrubs, trees and flowers to Harrier Meadow.

Harrier Meadow is a 70 acre* site is located within the Saw Mill Creek basin. It is part of the New Jersey Meadowlands which is a IBA (important birding area) location and a critical habitat on the Atlantic flyway.  It was acquired by the NJMC in 1996 from the Land Reserve and Franklin Contracting Company. 

Harrier Meadow  was initially part of a large marsh system influenced by Kingsland Creek and Sawmill Creek. 

Bird banding by the New Jersey Meadowlands Commission has shown that the area is important breeding and migratory habitat for Savannah Sparrows and American Kestrels as well as many shorebird, heron and passerine species. It is, of course, is an important habitat for a New Jersey  endangered species, the Northern Harrier, for which it is named.

(Thank you, Bergen County Audubon Society!)

One thought on “A Great BCAS Donation for Harrier Meadow

  1. Ian Garrison

    Harrier Meadow’s a fantastic birding site. I got a Semipalmated Plover and a Kildeer about 10 feet apart from each other last year, as well as a Little Blue Heron and a huge number of herons and egrets.


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