Daily Archives: January 9, 2014

Our Latest South Bergenite Column: 2014


Jim Wright, who keeps this blog for the N.J. Meadowlands Commission, also writes a twice-monthly nature column for the South Bergenite. Here’s his latest.

This time of year is an ideal time to look ahead — with an eye to the past.

In January of last year, the New Jersey Meadowlands Commission (NJMC), literally faced a rebuilding year. As 2013 began, the Meadowlands District’s parks and natural areas were still in tough shape from the devastation of Superstorm Sandy.

Over the course of several months, with a big assist from volunteers, the commission repaired and reopened its parks and most of its trails. Continue reading

Bird Report: Short-Eared Owls Today

Rob Fanning reports:

Finally saw my first ever Short-eared Owls for the Meadowlands this morning. I briefly had a bird flying toward a perched Rough-leg this AM on Disposal Road around 7:30ish.

Later it or another was being chased/harrassed by a mob of crows. 2 Light-phase Roughies today, and 2 Harriers incl a Gray Ghost which also interacted w/ the perched Roughie.

(Thanks, Rob!)

Coming Tomorrow: 2013 Big Year Winners!

DSCN9973On Friday at 2 p.m. on this blog, the N.J. Meadowlands Commission will post the final results of the 2013 Meadowlands Big Year Competition.

Thirteen birders competed in a contest that was close all year long — congratulations to all!

We guarantee there’ll be a surprise or two, so  stay tuned.