Monthly Archives: April 2018

Don Torino’s Life in the Meadowlands: Our Meadowlands – A Living, Thriving Ecosystem for Endangered Species

I have been extremely fortunate over the years to be able to introduce countless people to the wonders of our Meadowlands and to the incredible diversity of bird species that flourish there.  To the disbelief of most people that visit our Meadowlands for the very first time many of the bird species we encounter are considered  endangered, threatened or species of special concern  in the State of New Jersey.

“But Don,” as the question usually begins, “If those birds are really endangered how come I see so many of them here?”  The simple answer is: “It’s the Meadowlands”

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This Sunday: Celebrate Earth Day With The BCAS at DeKorte Park!

The Bergen County Audubon Society is hosting an Earth Day walk and “Creating a Certified Wildlife Garden” program on Sunday, April 22, at DeKorte Park.

The day begins with a nature walk through the park from 10 am to noon. Then, at 1 p.m. in the park’s Meadowlands Environment Center, the BCAS will tell you how you can make your backyard a haven for wildlife by creating a BCAS Certified Wildlife Garden.  Following the program Bergen Audubon will lead a native plant walk around the park.

For more information on the BCAS Certified Wildlife Gardens program, click here

For more information on the BCAS Earth Day activities, contact Don Torino at or 201-230-4983.

Gorgeous Sunrise!

How’d you like to start your morning with this view of DeKorte? How about the silhouettes of the Red-winged Blackbirds below? Many thanks to Mickey Raine who got these gorgeous sunset shots lastFriday, along with a stunning Common Grackle, Egrets and Tree Swallows. What a great way to start the day!


BCAS/NJSEA Provide Homes for Tree Swallows at Skeetkill Creek Marsh

Last Friday the  Bergen County Audubon Society and NJSEA installed Tree Swallow boxes at Skeetkill Creek Marsh in Ridgefield. Many thanks to Jim Macaluso and Chris Takacs of BCAS and the NJSEA’s Gaby Bennett-Meany for rolling out the welcome wagon!

Said Jim: The swallows were going in them immediately. At one point a swallow landed on a box I was holding, apparently thinking I was a big lump of mud, which I basically was by the time we finished. So bottom line I am happy that we got this done.