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For the fifth year in a row, a team representing the meadowlands took part in the national World Series of Birding. Known as the Meadowlands Marsh Hawks, the team consisted of Mike Newhouse, Chris Takacs, and Mike Wolfe, who took second place in their category. Congratulations to all!
The team counted 135 species during their 22-hour marathon of bird watching throughout Bergen County. The Willet, shown above, was a standout, being only the second recording ever in the meadowlands. Other special sightings included the Least Bittern, Dickcissel, and Glossy Ibis. The numbers of neo-tropical birds like warblers and vireos were low. Mike Newhouse speculates that recent weather patterns sent many migrators westward to the Central Flyway. Peak migration for these birds is mid-May.
The World Series of Birding is the country’s largest and most prestigious birding competition. Over the years, the WSB has brought birding to the attention of the media, and has raised close to $9 million for conservation.
The Marsh Hawks raised over $2000 this year, which will be used to fund local bird conservation efforts. Past projects include establishing a butterfly garden along Disposal Road and enhancing native plantings at the Kingsland Overlook and Harrier Meadow, projects which also received funding from Bergen County Audubon Society.
There’s still time to support the team! The link to the Meadowlands Marsh Hawks page is here.
Some 40 people joined the NJSEA and the NJ State Police Marine Division at River Barge Park in Carlstadt for “Boating Safety Day” on Saturday, May 9. Trooper Robert Albano discussed how boat drivers can navigate waterways while staying out of harm’s way by obeying speed regulations and keeping aware of other boats, swimmers or obstacles. He also performed safety checks on boats docked at the marina – there should be flares, first-aid kits and life jackets onboard, among other items.
Participants were also treated to NJSEA pontoon boat tours of the Hackensack River. Our regular pontoon boat tour season begins June 3 and run through September. The tours, led by expert narrators, provide a unique opportunity to experience and learn about the river and its surrounding environment and wildlife from an up-close vantage point.
For a complete pontoon boat tour schedule/registration sheet click here.