Daily Archives: May 9, 2013

Our Latest S. Bergenite Column: World Series of Birding!

The NJMC's Jim Wright, who keeps this blog, also writes a nature column twice a month for the South Bergenite. His latest is on the Meadowlands Marsh Hawks team and their big competition this weekend:

This Saturday, before the crack of dawn, the Meadowlands Marsh Hawks will again take flight, competing for the third year in a row in the prestigious World Series of Birding.

The one-day event takes place only in New Jersey yet it draws some of  the best birders in North America. The Marsh Hawks will again compete in the “county” division, with a goal of seeing 140 species in Bergen County.

Last year, the Marsh Hawks — NJMC naturalist Mike Newhouse, Lyndhurst resident Chris Takacs and Mike Wolfe of Hackensack — won first place in their division with a total of 139 birds.

The birds they saw or heard included such rarities as — horned grebe, clapper rail and pileated woodpecker, but they did not see a Black-capped Chickadee. Go figure.

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MEC Concert: Music Inspired by Birdsong

Diane Moser
The Meadowlands Environment Center is hosting a unique concert this Saturday night featuring a composer who is very serious about using birdsongs as her muse.

The Birdsong Project Trio, led by pianist Diane Moser, performs at 8 p.m. at the MEC.

Moser, a Montclair resident, spent five weeks in the summer of 2008 at the MacDowell Colony for artists in New Hampshire, listening to birds to create compositions based on Robins, Sparrows, Chickadees and the natural soundscape.

More information follows.

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Jersey City Peregrine Cam

Mike Girone reports that the 1-IMG_9441Jersey City Peregrine Cam is up and running at 101 Hudson Street. 

The cam is made possible by the state Endangered and Non-game Species Program, the Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey, and Mack-Cali, the owners of the building. (Thanks to all!)

The link is here.  More information on the nest, via Nestbox News, is here.

We love our Meadowlands Peregrines — in fact, it's the NJMC bird of the year for 2013 (and subject of an NJMC T-shirt to boot!)