Highlights of today’s Third Tuesday walk included a distant Snowy Owl (above) on Disposal Road on the way to the walk. We also had nine species of ducks, a few American Woodcock and several raptors. A big thank you to the many folks who attended.
Full list tomorrow.
We had a chilly American Woodcock Walk at Laurel Hill.
Jackie DeMarco, one of the walk leaders, writes:
Had a good walk…a bit cold but a nice group of about 20 came out to join the fun. Woodcocks were heard and seen but weren’t plentiful. We were hoping to spot an osprey by the bridge but no luck. Soon enough they’ll be back.
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Five years ago, as part of the N.J. Meadowlands Commission’s Oral History Project, we interviewed lots of folks about the region in the old days. We are going to reprint the best of them here, every Tuesday, for 11 weeks. This week: Paulette (DeKorte) Ramsey.
In this audio interview, Paulette Ramsey talks about the contributions to the Meadowlands and foresight of her late husband, Richard W. DeKorte.
As a state assemblyman in the late 1960s, DeKorte was instrumental in crafting the legislation that created the New Jersey Meadowlands Commission.
He also laid out the foundation for the region’s environmental restoration and economic development over the past four decades.
A plaque in his honor hangs in the lobby of the NJMC Administration Building in DeKorte Park.
A Franklin Lakes resident, DeKorte was a well-respected legislator and former head of the state energy office who many thought would become governor someday.
DeKorte died of cancer at age 38 in 1975. DeKorte Park, the home of the NJMC, is named in his honor.
Click “Continue reading …” below to hear the interviews with Paulette Ramsey and to see some archival photos.