Monthly Archives: July 2017

Reminder: Free Concert at the Meadowlands This Friday!

The North Jersey Concert Band is headed to the Meadowlands Environment Center for a free concert at 7 p.m. on Friday, July 14.

The ensemble performs a varied repertoire that ranges from contemporary compositions for wind ensemble and big band to Broadway showtune favorites, pop tunes, and classic marches.

So join us for a great night of music. Click here to register.

For more information on the North Jersey Concert Band, click here

Mill Creek Nature Walk Next Tuesday (July 18)

Photo courtesy M.E. Raine

Join the Bergen County Audubon Society for a guided nature walk next Tuesday (July 18) at Mill Creek Marsh in Secaucus, from 10 am to noon. They’ll be looking for herons, egrets, shorebirds and other birds of interest. Mill Creek Marsh is a great place for bird watching. Hope to see you there!

For more info email or call 201-230-4983.

Butterflies Abound

A montage of butterfly images taken on the same day at Richard W. DeKorte Park New Jersey. Photos include Great Spangled Fritillary, Red Admiral, Easter Tiger Swallowtail and Monarch butterflies.

Regina Geoghan was thrilled to see her first butterflies of the season yesterday at DeKorte and sent in this great collage. We hope to see many more, especially at Butterfly Day on Saturday, July 29! Don’t forget to register for the free event here

Thank You BCAS!!!!

The Bergen County Audubon Society yesterday presented the NJSEA with a $5,000 check to be used toward a meadow restoration project at the Kingsland Overlook in DeKorte Park. The funding will be used to buy plants to put in the meadow.

Pictured are BCAS President Don Torino, Field Trip Coordinator Chris Takacs and the NJSEA’s Gaby Bennett-Meany, who oversees DeKorte Park.

In additon, Bergen Audubon also donated $2,500 to the Meadowlands Conservation Trust to fund a bird blind for a project that will give the public increased access to Mehrhof Pond in Little Ferry.

Thank you so much BCAS!!!

Very Rare Visitor

Ron Shields recently spotted a King Rail in the Meadowlands, an extremely rare visitor to the region. Ron reports that he observed the bird for about 30 seconds before it disappeared into the phragmites. It has not been seen since.

Don Torino’s Life in the Meadowlands: Battling Invasives and Other Summer Pastimes



While some folks headed down to Seaside Heights or Cape May this past week, or prepared for the annual holiday fireworks display and  the traditional  backyard barbeque,  I on the other hand decided to continue my own  summer pastime: doing away with some very nasty invasive plants.

Rather than playing games on the boardwalk or lounging out on the deck I spent a good part of the weekend with the likes of Knotweed, Japanese Hops and Porcelain berry. Why, you may ask? Because unfortunately these plants never take a holiday from destroying our wildlife habitats.       Continue reading

Native Plant Walk Photos

Bee Balm

Thanks to those who participated in this past Sunday’s Native Plant Walk at DeKorte. Pictures of several species seen courtesy of Joe Koscielny.

Join us for our next BCAS Meadowlands Nature Walk from 10 am to noon on Tuesday, July 18 at Mill Creek Marsh in Secaucus. We’ll be looking for herons, egrets, shorebirds and other birds of interest. For more info email or call 201-230-4983. Hope to see you there!

Butterfly Weed and Larkspur

Trumpet Vine

Swamp Milkweed