Daily Archives: May 3, 2013

We Can Dig It!

We are getting ready for a native tree planting tomorrow in Harrier TreesForWildlife_ApprovedMeadow. The National Wildlife Federation is providing the 50 Cedar and Serviceberry saplings, and North Arlington Boy Scout Troop 120 is providing the manpower. 

Sponsored by the N.J. Meadowlands Commission and the Bergen County Audubon Society.  Earlier post is here.

Help the Marsh Hawks!

Pledge sheet-1-page-001Help the Meadowlands Marsh Hawks  in our third annual World Series of Birding competition on May 11.

We will be exploring every woodlot, marsh, and mud flat in Bergen County in search of as many bird species as we can find.

In 2012, we had an amazing day where we counted 139 species, which gave us first place in our category.

This year we need your support so we can defend our title against some strong competition  – and create a better wildlife habitat for birds along the Kingsland Overlook trail in DeKorte Park.

More information — including how to contribute — follows.

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Our May Observatory Schedule

The William D. McDowell Observatory IMG_5829in DeKorte Park has an exciting month of programming in May.

Free public access is from 8:30  to 10 on Monday and Wednesday nights  this month — weather permitting, of course.

(Note: The observatory will be closed on Monday, May 27, for Memorial Day.)

Dress for the weather; with the dome open, you are basically outside.

Each evening at least two major objects in the night sky will be viewed, plus one or two other celestial objects or events depending on the observing conditions.

For more information about free public viewing nights and to check out the observatory's website, click here.

For a recent South Bergenite column by the NJMC's Jim Wright about the observatory, click here.

Thank You, Genzyme (and Alek)!

Ridgefield's Skeetkill Creek Marsh (above), one of the sites we'll be visiting on our fifth annual Mother's Day walk, has been getting a lot of IMG_0220TLC this spring — thanks to Eagle Scout candidate Alek Corradini, the Meadowlands Conservation Trust (which owns and manages the site), and the Genzyme Corporation (they are the building with the parking lot in the lower right-hand corner of the photo above).

As part of Earth Week, Genzyme helped spruce up the park part of the site, including a nice fresh coat of paint on the kiosk.

Pictured above, left, are Genzyme's Kevin Benton, Eileen Becan, Chong Yu, and Juan Arroyo.

More on Skeetkill Creek Marsh here.

Two Free Walks This Sunday!

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Early May is prime time for seeing migratory birds — especially warblers. To celebrate, we are adding a free guided walk on Sunday, May 5. It's the Early Bird Special at Losen Slote Creek Park in Little Ferry, a great wooded area for warbler-watching. (Thanks, to Denise Farrell for naming the walk!)

We'll also have our annual Losen Slote May walk the same day, at 10 a.m.

Details follow.

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