Monthly Archives: September 2015

Hudsonian Godwits Hanging Around

Our visiting Hudsonian Godwits don’t appear to heading anywhere soon. The shorebirds, which winter in southern South America, have been hanging out at DeKorte Park since Saturday, and they’re a wonder to see. Ron Shields sent these pics from earlier today.

DeKorte Trails Will Be Closed Oct. 5-6

trail-closedDeKorte Park trails will be closed on Monday Oct. 5 and Tuesday Oct. 6 due to nearby construction. NJSEA offices and science center will remain open. Trails will reopen on Wednesday, Oct. 7, at 8 am. For more information on the work being done, click here. Note: This does not affect Sunday’s Nature Walk at DeKorte Park, which takes place from 10 am to noon.


Great Eclipse Photos from DeKorte Last Night

While the moon was largely uncooperative in last night’s Total Lunar Eclipse viewing at DeKorte Park, Ron Shields was able to get a couple of great photos of the different stages of the event from the park. These were taken at 8:25 and 8:45 pm.

Hudsonian Godwits Spotted at DeKorte Park!

Hudsonian GodwitsThere have been several sightings of Hudsonian Godwits at DeKorte Park since Saturday. This bird is very rare for the area. Writes Chris Takacs: Three Hudsonian Godwits were found Saturday morning by a Montclair State University group and identified by Bruce McWhorter.

The birds were seen Saturday and Sunday from the Marsh Discovery Trail and the Shore Walk. These birds brought dozens of birders in yesterday and even more Sunday morning to see them. Longtime Bergen County birder Rob Fanning listed this bird among his most wanted for Bergen County. He had not seen it in 20 years of birding the county.

Total Lunar Eclipse Brings Hundreds to DeKorte Park

DSC_0039A big thank you to the well over 400 people who came out to DeKorte Park last night to (try to) view the Total Lunar Eclipse. Unfortunately the clouds did not cooperate and there was little to see, but everyone appeared to enjoy themselves and the kids got a thrill of seeing the large telescope in the William D. McDowell Observatory. Plus, you’ve got plenty of chances to visit the Observatory on clearer nights. It’s open to the public every Wednesday, weather permitting and excluding holidays. This Wednesday’s viewing hours are 8 to 10 pm. For a full list of hours and what can be seen in the coming months, download the schedule here.

Eclipse Update

The moon is starting to rise above the clouds and we are optimistic for a good viewing of tonight’s Total Lunar Eclipse at the William D. McDowell Observatory at DeKorte Park. We will update the blog again at 9 pm. Status updates are also available by calling 201-460-4619.

Don’t Forget: Total Lunar Eclipse Viewing Tonight at McDowell Observatory

DSC_0039Don’t forget to head to DeKorte Park’s William D. McDowell Obsevatory tonight to view the Total Lunar Eclipse. We’ll be open from 7:30 pm to 1:30 am for this free public program. Visitors can view the stages of the eclipse with the naked eye as our experts explain what’s happening and view Saturn, Neptune and other astronomical objects through our state-of-the-art telescope.  There will also be talks on the history of eclipses at 7:30 and 8 pm The height of the eclipse, when the Earth is positioned completely between the Full Moon and the Sun, is at approximately 10:45 pm. We will update the status of the event here if the weather looks iffy, so be sure to visit the page later in the day.

Pontoon Boat Trip Photos

Thanks to Liz Kenyon for sharing photos from the penultimate pontoon boat cruise this Tuesday. The last trip of the season was yesterday evening. We’ll see you on the boats again next June!