Monthly Archives: March 2017

Good News on Woodcocks

This month’s winter storm was incredibly harsh for American Woodcocks, but things seem to be getting better. Ron Shields sent these shots of a Woodcock on Disposal Road on Tuesday feeding on one of at least 10 earthworms. Ron writes that the plowed shoulder of the road, its southern exposure and the bright sunlight resulted in thawed conditions beneficial to ground feeding.

Don Torino’s Life in the Meadowlands: Spring Gardening Tips To Help Wildlife

Beautiful Spring weather is just about here and diehard gardeners, including myself, can’t wait to get outside and get their hands and shovels into the dirt.  But before we do that it is very important that we recognize and understand that our backyard gardens are in reality wildlife habitats.

In fact there are many scientists that believe that  if we are to save migrating birds, butterflies and pollinators, we will need to change the way we think about our gardens and transform our old ways of gardening into new methods that keep wildlife in mind.

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Meadowlands Science In Action!

Last week the NJSEA spotlighted the Meadowlands Environmental Research Institute (MERI), which was recently merged into the Rutgers University-Newark Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences under an agreement with the Sports Authority. MERI is housed in the NJSEA offices and performs critical scientific research.

Check out a story in The Record about MERI’s important research and a video tour of its facilities, including the state-of-the-art laboratory.

Green-winged Teal Dominate Yesterday’s Mill Creek Walk

Green-winged Teal

An amazing number of Green-winged Teal were the highlight of yesterday’s Bergen County Audubon Society walk at Mill Creek Marsh in Secaucus. There was also a Red-tailed Hawk, Ring-billed Gull and much more. Here’s a sampling from Joe Koscielny and Mickey Raine!

Green-winged Teal

Green-winged Teal


Red-tailed Hawk

Red-tailed Hawk

Red-winged Blackbird

Ring-billed Gull

Northern Mockingbird