Monthly Archives: December 2017

Jim Wright Meadowlands Talk in Demarest Next Friday (Jan. 5)

Don’t miss Jim Wright’s “The Nature of the Meadowlands” presentation next Friday (Jan. 5) at 2 p.m. at the Demarest Garden Club, 109 Hardenburgh Ave.  Wright’s book, “The Nature of the Meadowlands,” was written for the New Jersey Meadowlands Commission. The lavishly illustrated, 128-page book illuminates the Meadowlands’ natural and unnatural history, including its darkest days of a half-century ago and its environmental revival.

Jim’s column, “The Bird Watcher,” appears bi-weekly in The Record. His blog is The Celery Farm and Beyond

For more info on the talk click here

Another Banner Year for Snowy Owls?

Credit: Ron Shields

Check out Jim Wright’s “The Bird Watcher” column in today’s Record, all about Snowy Owls. As Jim writes, we’re hoping that this winter will be prime viewing for the magnificent species. As the NJSEA’s own naturalist Drew McQuade says in the article,“Snowy owls are unlike anything else you’ll see around here. Sometimes it can be tough to see interesting birds in the winter, and then you see this large white owl with yellow eyes staring at you.”


Don Torino’s Life in the Meadowlands: 2018 Is The Year of the Bird!

In the coming year National Audubon Society will be joining with many other conservation organizations to make 2018 “The Year of the Bird.”

That’s because not only is it the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, a critical piece of legislation that continues to save countless birds’ lives, but also because our birds are facing many new and serious threats that were not or could not be envisioned 100 years ago.

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New Year’s Day BCAS Walk at DeKorte!

Kick off the New Year with a guided nature walk through DeKorte Park next Monday, Jan. 1, from 10 am to noon. During the walk led by the Bergen County Audubon Society we’ll be looking for  Shovelers, Green-winged Teal, and other ducks and wintering birds.

For more info contact Don Torino at or 201-230-4983. Meets outside the Meadowlands Environment Center.

Don Torino’s Life in the Meadowlands: My Winter Walk At Losen Slote Creek

It is always a very special day when I find the time to walk the forest trails at Losen Slote Creek in Little Ferry. This enchanted place is one of the last places in the Meadowlands where you can meander woodland trails and maybe best of all it never fails to bring me back to the days growing up in the Meadowlands

Losen Slote Creek is truly a magical urban wilderness full of an amazing diversity of wildlife and native plants in an otherwise jammed packed part of Bergen County. A place where bird lovers can see Spring migrants such as Hooded and Blackburnian Warblers, where Wood and Swainsons Thrush have the run of the forest floor, and the Kingfisher’s rattling call can be heard through the woods.

My late brother Todd and I grew up birding and exploring these woods. The woods of Moonachie and Little Ferry which is one reason why it will always hold a special place in my heart. Losen Slote is a unique Lowland forest habitat where the Muskrat and Red Fox still roam and on special occasions so do I.

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Thank You BCAS for Birdseed!

Many thanks to the Bergen County Audubon Society for their generous donation today of three, 40-pound bags of birdseed to the NJSEA! BCAS President Don Torino presented the Authority’s Gaby Bennett-Meany, decked out in the holiday spirit, with the seeds.

Thanks in advance also from the Chickadees, Titmice, Cardinals, Sparrows, Nuthatches, Finches, Grosbeaks and Blackbirds, among others, who will soon be feasting on the seeds. Winter is often a difficult time for birds and finding food can be challenging, so this is an especially appreciated donation.The seeds will be placed in bird feeders set up around DeKorte Park.

Happy Holidays everyone!

Don Torino’s Life in the Meadowlands: Be Sure to Get Outside This Holiday Season

Thanks to Chris Takacs for this wonderful photo of DeKorte Park!

My job as President of Bergen County Audubon Society keeps me behind the desk much more than I would like,to say the least. Fighting and standing up for our wildlife and environment seems to be neverending. We just seem to go from one endless battle to the next.

As soon as I think we will have a few minutes of peace there is some entity that wants to destroy habitat, threaten endangered species or undo some long-standing protections we believed would exist forever. But as anyone knows that speaks up for what is right there will never be an end as long as greed, indifference and injustice exist in the human condition.

But we as nature lovers can find our strength and endurance in the very thing we love and fight for, nature. Speaking for myself, I need and search for it even more during the holiday season.

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