Daily Archives: April 23, 2014

Our Earth Day Concert and Walk


1-DSCN9966A big thank you to 75+ folks who attended the wonderful free Earth Day concert at DeKorte Park  last night, featuring folk-singer/songwriter Spook Handy.

For fans of Spook and his inspirations — Pete Seeger and Woody Guthrie — it was a memorable evening.

The concerted was sponsored by the Bergen County Audubon Society and hosted by the Meadowlands Commission. and it was preceded by a free guided nature walk in DeKorte Park.

Highlights included a crowing Ring-necked Pheasant, a couple of Osprey with fish, and assorted duckage.

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Meet the Midges!

1-Allan Midges 2Allan Sanford writes:

Saw these guys on disposal road and they were happy to see me. Unfortunately i was unprepared and not happy to see them without insect repellent. Perhaps a warning is in order. LOL

Here’s the warning:

As visitors to DeKorte Park and other Meadowlands locales may have noticed, we are getting a lot of Midges these days. The good news is that they don’t bite, and the birds (especially the Tree Swallows) love them. The bad news is they can be annoying if you walk too close to a shrub where they¬† congregate.

They are amazing bugs of the Chironomid family, and they have long “whiskers” on their heads, as evidenced by the close-up photo below.

More on Chironomids here.