Monthly Archives: April 2014

Tree Swallows Like Their Fancy New Home

1-IMG_8753With hundreds of Tree Swallow nesting boxes in the Meadowlands, we thought we’d put up one with our logo on it to see how the swallows would respond.

It was love at first sight — and second sight.  Here’s a sample of photos taken within the first minute of its installation in Teal Pool in DeKorte Park.

What to Expect in May

To see what might be seen in the Maedowlands in May, we thought we’d show some highlights from last May..

Just click on the text to link to the post.

May 3: Mill Creek Marsh from the Air

May 5: Severe Outbreak of Warbler Neck @ Losen Slote!

May 6: DeKorte Park in Bloom

May 8: Unusual Mill Creek Mammal

May 9: An Early Happy Mother’s Day! (Above)

May 12: The Marsh Hawks Win! The Marsh Hawks Win!

May 14: Ridgefield Mother’s Day Walk: The Full List

May 16: Losen Slote: Warbler Capital!!

May 25: Look Out for Snapping Turtles!

May 31: Industrious Barn Swallows @ Disposal Road

Marsh Memories: Kearny & Rutherford

Jim Kazalis 04 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 reprinting the best of them here, every Tuesday, for 11 weeks. This week: Jim Kazalis.

Growing up in Kearny in the 1950s, lifelong Meadowlands resident Jim Kazalis spent much of his free time hunting and fishing with his dad on the Hackensack River near Laurel Hill and exploring local landfills.

In the following audio interview, Jim shares several detailed recollections of his boyhood adventures hunting, trapping and seeking treasure in the Meadows.

Now a Rutherford resident, Jim brings the conversation full circle as he talks about introducing the next generation – his 6-year-old grandson – to the Meadowlands’ wonders.

Click “Continue reading …” below to hear Jim’s stories, read his account about growing up in the Meadowlands, and view archival photos. Continue reading

Ron Shields’ Common Gallinule Gallery

3-IMG_8581Ron Shields photographed these Common Gallinules (nee Moorhens) at the Kearny Marsh on Friday. (Thanks, Ron!)

A Ridgefield Cleanup

1-IMG_9566Just in time for our free  Mother’s Day guided walk, Karen Riede reports:

Above is a photo of the Skeetkill clean up team consisting of students from Ridgefield Memorial High School (RMHS) that were sent to Skeetkill with team leaders  Kathy Meyer and Michele Gillies and RMHS Spanish Language Teacher Olga Escobar.

It was the 10th Annual Town-wide Clean Up Day sponsored by the Ridgefield Environmental Commission. Counting all involved was 130.  Other sites cleaned were Bell Dr., Railroad Ave., Broad Ave. and sites around Veterans Memorial Park, Nature Center, 2 schools and the Community Center.

(Thanks, RMHS! Our walk will be visiting three of those places on Mother’s day )

What’s Being Seen: DeKorte Park & Disposal Road


Thinking of visiting DeKorte Park or nearby Disposal Road this weekend?

To see what’s being reported at DeKorte on eBird Hotspot Explorer, click here.

To see what’s being reported along Disposal Road on eBird Hotspot Explorer, click here.

Note: As of Friday, part of Disposal Road near DeKorte Park had a very deep puddle covering the entire roadway. You may want to park in DeKorte and walk down the Transco Trail or take the Schuyler Road entrance to Disposal Road.