Monthly Archives: July 2013

Thanks for Making Butterfly Day Such a Success!

DSCN0055Despite threatening skies, yesterday’s Fourth Annual Butterfly Day at DeKorte Park was big hit.

1-IMG_5880Nearly 600 folks attended and got some up-close looks at some cool butterflies, plus face-painting, scavenger hunts, a costume contest, and some nifty information tables to help them better connect with nature.

We will post more pix, links, and full list of butterflies seen yesterday as time allows, but wanted to post a couple of links now.

The Record’s coverage is here.

Photos from yesterday on the website are here.

The Meadowlands Commission would like to thank the Bergen County Audubon Society, the North Jersey chapter of the North American Butterfly Association,and the Lyndhurst E.M.S. for all their help! We’d also like to thank the NJDA-Forest Pest Outreach Program for participating.

Butterfly Day Is a Go for Sunday!

IMG_0556We are proceeding as planned with the Fourth Annual Butterfly Day at DeKorte Park this Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  And it’s free

The highly popular, family-friendly event includes butterfly walks and talks, a scavenger hunt and butterfly costume contest for kids, and information tables.

The Butterfly Day schedule includes frequent butterfly walks and an hourly slide show and talk on the butterflies of DeKorte Park. A native plant walk is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. There are also Day-long scavenger hunts tailored for children.  Bring your own lunch and beverage.

This year the Commission has added a Butterfly Costume contest, inspired by the many children who have attended past events dressed in butterfly regalia.

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Yesterday’s Birding By Boat: Full List &Pix

D7K_2108We had an eventful birding by boat trip yesterday — including a balky engine, an extremely high tide, and solid looks at a vehicle-carrier fire along the Turnpike.

Had lots of great looks at cool birds as well, including quite a show by hundreds of Semipalmated Sandpipers hanging out by the River Barge Park docks at high tide.

A link to John Pastore’s photos of the adventure cruise is here. (Thanks to John for the photo above as well.)

Stay tuned: A second “birding by Boat” pontoon-boat cruise is scheduled for 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 27.

Denise Farrell’s list of birds seen along the way follows. (Thanks, Denise!) Continue reading

Kevin Karlson Shorebird Day is Sat., Aug. 10

Kevin Karlson photo for print- 7-10Nature photographer and author Kevin Karlson will be joining us for his fifth annual Shorebird Day at DeKorte. It’s Saturday, Aug. 10, from 8:15 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and it’s free!

Highlights include two bird walks ion the morning, a bird ID seminar, a preview of Kevin’s latest projects, and a photography workshop with Kevin and fellow ace nature photographer Lloyd Spitalnik.

This event is sponsored by the N.J. Meadowlands Commission and the Bergen County Audubon Society. Bring your own water, sunblock and lunch.

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South Bergenite Column on Butterfly Day

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Freya Anthony, then 3½ years old, was one of the delightful surprises of our first Butterfly Day in 2010.

Jim Wright, who maintains this blog, also writes a twice-monthly column for the South Bergenite. His latest is on this Sunday’s Butterfly Day at DeKorte Park:

It all began nearly five years ago, almost as an after-thought. Don Torino, the president of Bergen County Audubon Society, and I were discussing his group’s new collaboration with the Meadowlands Commission.

Wouldn’t it be fun, we decided, if the two groups sponsored a free butterfly walk at DeKorte Park in Lyndhurst, the home of the NJMC?

More than 70 people participated in that first walk, and Butterfly Day was born the following July, in 2010. Continue reading