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BCAS Nature Walk This Sunday (March 5) At DeKorte Park

Ruddy Duck
Photo Courtesy Ron Shields

The next Meadowlands nature walk led by the Bergen County Audubon Society takes place this Sunday, March 5, from 10 am to noon in DeKorte Park in Lyndhurst. Join the BCAS as they discuss the park and its wildlife and keep your eyes peeled for ducks and wintering birds. Guides will have spotting scopes so you don’t miss any of the action.

The walk meets outside the Meadowlands Environment Center, 2 DeKorte Park Plaza. For more information contact Don Torino at or 201-230-4983.

Don Torino’s Life in the Meadowlands: What Is a Nature Center?

Last week Bergen Audubon partnered with a local middle school for the annual “Great Backyard Bird Count.”  BCAS has been working with the local schools in our area on the GBBC for about 10 years now, often having much more fun than our young students ever could.

At the conclusion of the day as we always do, we recommended that the students and their familiesshould go out to a local park or nature center and count the birds and enjoy nature together, which we have always tried to have be the ultimate goal of introducing our school children to the birds and birding.

As we ended the program after a full day of pointing out Juncos, Mourning Doves and Coopers hawks we asked everyone if there were any questions. A nice young man quickly raised his hand and asked “What is a nature center?”

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Wrapping Up Laurel Hill Walk


Double-crested Cormorant

Here’s a final batch of photos from yesterday’s Laurel Hill walk courtesy of Joe Koscielny. Be sure to log on tomorrow morning for Don Torino’s weekly column, Don Torino’s Life in the Meadowlands. Don’s thoughtful insights are always inspiring and a pleasure to read. What’s the topic of tomorrow’s column? You’ll just have to wait and see!

Great Cormorant


American Coots

Photos from Yesterday’s Laurel Hill Walk

Peregrine Falcon

We have some great photos of Peregrine Falcons and other species to share from yesterday’s Laurel Hill walk thanks to Chris Takacs and Joe Koscielny. We’ve also included a certain cute-as-can-be non-avian species. Thanks to everyone for coming out! Our next BCAS guided walk is Sunday, March 5, at DeKorte Park from 10 a.m. to noon. For more information contact Don Torino at or 201-230-4983.

Peregrine Falcon

Peregrine Falcon Nest


Great Cormorant

Downy Woodpecker

Basset Hound


Great Day, Great People, Great Nature Walk

The weather cooled off a bit from this weekend, but it was still a beautiful day for a nature walk this morning at Laurel Hill Park in Secaucus. A pair of Peregrine Falcons highlighted the day, and participants also saw Great Cormorants, Bufflehead ducks, Red-breasted mergansers and American coots. We’ll have some pics to share shortly. And of course feel free to send any photos you took over the amazing weekend, to