Monthly Archives: February 2017

Laurel Hill Park Walk This Tuesday!

Join the Bergen County Audubon Society this coming Tuesday, Feb. 21, for a guided nature walk at Laurel Hill Park in Secaucus! They’ll be looking for ducks, raptors, wintering birds and more. The free walk runs from 10 am to noon and meets at the parking lot near the ballfields. For more information contact Don Torino at or 201-230-4983.


Don Torino’s Life in the Meadowlands: It’s a Good Time to Plan Your Backyard Wildlife Garden

While I was attempting to deal with an extreme case of cabin fever this the past Sunday,  I thought it would be as good a time as any to scour through all my native plant books and plan for additions to my Certified Wildlife Garden come spring.

As I was watching the ice fall out my window visions of  Orioles feeding on my Trumpet vine, Monarch caterpillars munching on milkweed and Hummingbirds visiting my Cardinal Flower  were dancing in my head.

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Super Bird Sunday Deja Vu


We’ll start today like we did yesterday, with more Super Bird Sunday photos from Dee DeSantis taken at the DeKorte walk on Feb. 5. This is the second of two posts of Dee’s photos. Be sure to scroll down and check out her photos from yesterday if you haven’t seen them yet!

Hooded Mergansers


More Super Bird Sunday Pics


Good morning! We’ll start the week with the first of two batches of Super Bird Sunday photos taken by Dee DeSantis at DeKorte on Feb. 5. More to come. Thanks Dee!

Don’t miss the next Bergen County Audubon Society guided Meadowlands Nature Walk, on Tuesday, Feb. 21, from 10 am to noon at Laurel Hill County Park in Secaucus. They’ll be looking for ducks, raptors, wintering birds and more. For more info contact Don Torino at or 201-230-4983.




Don Torino’s Life in the Meadowlands: A Birding Friend Passes On

I can’t say I knew him very well. We never exchanged Christmas presents or birthday cards. No family dinners or formal gatherings, no graduations or Baptisms. Never sure about his family situation or what relatives he may have, had but we loved birding together and that was all we needed to know.

This past week I received the sad news that my longtime birding friend and former BCAS board member Dick Engsberg passed away. I first met Dick when I joined Bergen County Audubon many years ago. He was a scholarly, soft spoken man, kindly and knowledgeable but most important he loved the birds and allowed me the honor and privilege of accompanying him into the field.

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Tonight: Meadowlands in the Ice Age

What did the Meadowlands look like during the Ice Age and how did its early formation as Glacial Lake Hackensack come about? You can find out at a talk tonight, Feb. 7, at the Montclair Public Library. The presentation by Montclair State University geology professor Greg Pope will explore the prehistoric Montclair landscape and that of surrounding areas, including the Meadowlands. For more info click here