Daily Archives: July 20, 2015

Reminder: Birds and Butterflies Walk This Tuesday

IMG_0509Don’t forget about our Third Tuesday Nature Walk on July 21 from 10 a.m. to noon in DeKorte Park in Lyndhurst. This walk has a special focus on birds and butterflies. We’ll look for swallows, herons, and other birds of interest as well as butterflies and plants that attract them.

For those who have never participated in a NJSEA-BCAS nature walk, all experience levels are welcome. The walks are guided and we have spotting scopes so that you can see the birds and mallards up-close. Once you’ve been on one walk, you’ll be hooked! To register click here.

Harbor Heron photo courtesy of Jim Wright

Turtle Alert

eastern box turtlePlease drive slowly and be on the lookout for turtles while driving down Valley Brook Avenue and into the DeKorte Park complex. Chris Takacs saw this Eastern box turtle just outside the gate to DeKorte early Sunday morning.

Eastern box turtles are identifiable by their tall, dome-like shell that varies in color from yellow to orange to olive on a black or brown background. Although essentially terrestrial, these turtles sometimes soak themselves in mud or water. During hot, dry weather they burrow beneath logs or rotting vegetation, but brief summer showers usually bring them out of hiding, often in numbers.

Tonight is National Moth Night at DeKorte Park!!!

moth-nightMonday, July 20, 8:30 – 9:30 pm
DeKorte Park, Lyndhurst

Join us tonight to learn about these amazing, lesser-known cousins of butterflies. Representatives of National Moth Week will give a presentation on these spectacular yet misunderstood creatures. Industrial-strength lamps and white sheets will be set up and “sugaring” will be used to attract moths. This free, family-friendly event is co-sponsored by the Bergen County Audubon Society. Register here.