Thanks to the three-dozen nature enthusiasts who came out to DeKorte Park for this afternoon’s Earth Day Celebration! The program began with “Return of the Raptors,” an informative talk by Bergen County Audubon Society President Don Torino, who discussed how and why Eagles, Osprey and Peregrine Falcons have returned to our area, plus other raptors you might see in your backyard. The group then went on a nature walk around DeKorte, where they saw Osprey, Ruddy Ducks, Gadwalls, Great Egret and more.
Jim Wright and Ron Shields were at DeKorte this morning and took the photos below. Ron photographed a young Bald Eagle in flight while Jim captured a Northern Pintail and the distant sillhoutee of a Glossy Ibis. Check out Jim’s post on The Celery Farm and Beyond blog here.
Happy Earth Day Everyone!!! Don’t forget to come down to DeKorte today from 1:30 to 3:30 pm for our Earth Day Celebration: Return of the Raptors. The event is rain or shine and begins with a talk in the Environment Center by the Bergen County Audubon Society on how and why Eagles, Osprey and Peregrine Falcons have returned to our area, plus other raptors you might see in your backyard. Then we’ll walk around DeKorte looking for these and other fabulous winged marvels. In the meantime, what better way to start the day than these marvelous photos that Ron Shields took yesterday at the Kearny Marsh of Glossy Ibis, an adult little blue heron and several forster’s terns.
Just a friendly reminder as the weather gets warmer to take precautions to avoid ticks when you visit parks and trails.
Here are some tips:
- Wear light colored clothing, long sleeves and pants, tuck pants into socks
- Stay clear of wooded and brushy areas with high grass and leaf litter
- Stay in the middle of trails
- Check yourself thoroughly for ticks when you return home
For more information on how to protect yourself against ticks, click here
To learn how to protect your pets from ticks, click here
Don’t forget to head to DeKorte tomorrow afternoon for our Earth Day Celebration: Return of the Raptors. The event runs from 1:30 to 3:30 pm and begins with a talk by Don Torino of the Bergen County Audubon Society in the Meadowlands Environment Center. Don will discuss how and why Eagles, Osprey and Peregrine Falcons have returned to our area, plus other raptors you might see in your backyard. He will then lead a walk around DeKorte looking for these and other fabulous winged marvels.
The event is rain or shine. Information: firstname.lastname@example.org or 201-230-4983.
See you tomorrow!
Thanks are in order to the Bergen County Audubon Society for their generous grant donation of $5,000 that was used by the NJSEA to plant 500 woody shrubs and more than 1000 grass plugs this week in the Lyndhurst Nature Reserve. Great to see planting activity as we come upon Earth Day!
The plants include Winterberry Holly, Virginia Sweetspire, Black Chokeberry, Red Chokeberry and Switchgrass.
The grant is one of two the BCAS awarded to the NJSEA last year. An additional grant of $745 was used to establish wildlflower meadows at DeKorte Park and River Barge Park.
Thank you again BCAS!!
I can remember the very first Earth Day in 1970. When I tell that to students I work with they can’t believe there is someone actually that old. But yes, I do remember the first Earth Day very well. What I remember most is how millions of Americans from all walks of life, regardless of political party, where they lived, how old they were, how much money they made or didn’t make, joined together, organized, and demanded a better environment for both people and wildlife.
I also remember very well the not so good old days when our Meadowlands was forgotten about and left for dead, when the worst possible things that could be done to poison, pollute and destroy nature were performed daily on a massive scale to a place that I loved so much , my home, the Meadowlands. But that very first Earth Day back in1970 signaled not only a new day for the environmental movement in the United States but also a new beginning and a second chance for the New Jersey Meadowlands
Had to chuckle at this great Tree Swallow shot Mickey Raine sent in. Taken at Mill Creek Marsh on Tuesday. We’ve either got a loudmouth here or the other swallow is hard-of-hearing. Check out more pics below. And come out to the Meadowlands yourself to see these great birds and all the amazing natural beauty the region has to offer!