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Don Torino’s Life in the Meadowlands: A Meadowlands Thanksgiving


My Love of Thanksgiving has much less to do with Pilgrims and much more to do with giving thanks to the many wild places we are fortunate enough to enjoy here in New Jersey. For me Thanksgiving always started out spending a few hours in the morning enjoying nature before sitting down to dinner.

Our family tradition began many years ago when my brother and I would wander the Meadowlands enjoying the crisp fall morning air and looking out for the richness of wildlife that our Meadowlands held out for us to admire. There were memorable Thanksgivings past when we were lucky enough to see a Barred Owl in the lowland forests that still are part of the Meadowlands and the many remarkable Red-tailed Hawks, despite being a common sight that always had special meaning for the both of us.

Only after feeling we had taken in our share of nature did we sense that it was really Thanksgiving.

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