Monthly Archives: August 2023

Two Great Walks With The Bergen County Audubon Society on Sunday, Sept. 3, and Tuesday, Sept. 5.

Join the Bergen County Audubon Society for two great walks next week! On Sunday, Sept. 3, they will be at Harrier Meadow in North Arlington for a special walk through this beautiful site that is normally closed to the public. The walk goes from 10 am to noon. Harrier Meadow is located off Disposal Road, North Arlington.

Then, head out to DeKorte Park for an evening walk on Tuesday, Sept. 5. Keep your eyes peeled for migrant wading birds, shorebirds, warblers and more. The walk is from 6 pm to 8 pm and meets outside the Meadowlands Environment Center, 2 DeKorte Park Plaza, Lyndhurst.

For more information contact Don Torino at or 201-230-4983.

Mark Your Calendar: Meadowlands Birding Festival Is Sunday, Oct. 1, at DeKorte Park!

This year’s Meadowlands Birding Festival promises an engaging, fun and educational day of bird walks and presentations, a live raptor show, children’s activities, music, information tables and more as we explore the Meadowlands amazing avian species throughout DeKorte Park.

The event runs from 8:30 am to 3 pm and is co-sponsored by the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority and the Bergen County Audubon Society.

Kid’s can make an ice cream cone bird feeder, learn about migration and play the bird migration game, learn about different types of bird beaks and visit the binocular making station. 

We’re very excited to present Keynote Speaker Dr. Jill Deppe of the National Audubon Society. Read more about Dr. Deppe, Senior Director, Migratory Bird Initiative, here

We look forward to seeing you on Oct. 1.

The Meadowlands Environment Center is located at 2 DeKorte Park Plaza, Lyndhurst, New Jersey.


Bergen County Audubon Society: Don Torino, or 201-230-4983.

New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority: Brian Aberback, or 201-460-4619

Reminder: BCAS Mill Creek Marsh Walk This Sunday (Aug. 6)!

Semi-palmated Sandpipers

Be on the lookout for wading birds, migrant shorebirds and songbirds on this walk led by the Bergen County Audubon Society. The walk runs from 9 am to 11 am. Park behind Bob’s Furniture store on Mill Creek Drive. The trail entrance is located off the back of the lot.

Contact: Don Torino (201) 230-4983 or

Wonderful article on Celery Farm Creator Stiles Thomas on

There is a wonderful story on on Stiles Thomas, co-creator of the treasured Celery Farm Nature Preserve in Allendale. Thomas, who served as Marsh Warden for 26years, died in May at age 99.

As noted in the story, “In 1981, Thomas collaborated with then-Mayor Edward Fitzpatrick to create what was then the nation’s first municipally owned wetlands, a 60-acre former celery farm gradually enlarged to what is now a 107-acre preserve. Thomas then served 26 years as the borough’s first marsh warden.

“In the 1950s he was known as the “Blue Bird Man” for building and installing hundreds of birdhouses to repopulate western New Jersey with bluebirds, decimated by the pesticide DDT. He started the first hawk watch at Mount Peter, New York, in 1957. He supervised the watch for migrating hawks at State Line Lookout in Alpine, and led birding trips to Belize in the Caribbean for 20 years.”

Read the story here

Access the Celery Farm blog here