Monthly Archives: April 2018

Great and Snowy Egrets (and how to tell the difference)

Great Egret

Jill Weiss got these great photos on Wednesday of Egrets at DeKorte. Note to newcomers: There’s an easy way to tell Great Egrets and Snowy Egrets apart: The Great Egret has a yellow bill and black feet, while the smaller Snowy Egret has the reverse, black bill and yellow feet. Meadowlands photog Mickey Raine notes that he tends to find more Great Egrets at DeKorte and far more Snowy Egrets at Mill Creek Marsh. Thanks Jill for the photos and Mickey for the tip!

Great Egret

Snowy Egret

Snowy Egret


BCAS Walk At Losen Slote Creek Park On Tuesday (April 17)!

Join the Bergen County Audubon Society on Tuesday (April 17) for a guided walk through Losen Slote Creek Park in Little Ferry, one of the last hardwood lowland forests in the Meadowlands. They’ll be looking for spring migrants like warblers and flycatchers.

The walk lasts from 10 am to noon. For more information contact Don Torino at or 201-230-4983

NJSEA Lends Helping Hand To Tree Swallows

NJSEA Naturalists Gaby Bennett-Meany, Drew McQuade and Alashanee Mooney were out in the DeKorte impoundments this performing maintenance on more than 50 Tree Swallow Nesting Boxes. The trio cleaned out the boxes and fortified them, helping the hundreds of Swallows that flock to them each spring. The Tree Swallows send their thanks to Gaby, Drew and Alashanee!

Don Torino’s Life in the Meadowlands: Not Just a Red-winged Blackbird

I often am reminded of this story when spring arrives in the Meadowlands, so my apologies if you have heard this story before. But since I am a senior citizen I get to tell it as much as I want.

Many years ago I was on a bird walk with a group of people from a local nature group when suddenly a striking black bird with brilliant red markings shot by us like a Ferrari with wings. The leader barely looked up until someone asked “What was that?”

“Oh that?” the leader answered back flippantly. “Just a Red-winged Blackbird.” Just a Red-winged Blackbird? How could someone speak so off handedly about such a magnificent bird that has meant so much to me?

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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.

DeKorte Delights

Red-winged Blackbird

Some more cool photos from Mickey Raine from a recent trip to DeKorte. Love the Robin below appearing to curiously watch the Red-winged Blackbird calling above!

American Robin




Great Egret

Great Egret