Author Archives: Jim Wright

Torino’s Latest: Enjoying Nature Alone

The experience of connecting with nature can uplifting and inspiring.  Photo By:  Jeff NicolDon Torino of Bergen County Audubon, who leads so many of our walk, has a new column on Here’s a sample:

One of the greatest things about birding is the people we meet and the friends we make along the way,Birding creates a bond and closeness with people like no other pursuit I know of. My words find it difficult to express the joy…

But once in a while there are those times that I find the need to journey out into the woods and fields unaccompanied and alone.

The link is here.


Flyway Gallery: Young Artist’s Show Extended


“Starbreaker,” by Gabriel Diaz.

This month, eight-year-old Lyndhurst resident Gabriel Diaz  became the first elementary-school-aged student to have his very own exhibit at the New Jersey Meadowlands Commission’s Flyway Gallery.

The show was originally scheduled to run through last Friday but has now been extended through February.

Diaz is introducing area residents to his artistic talents during the multi-media, wildlife-themed show, “The Wonders of the Universe.”

Some of Gabriel’s work measures as large as 5 feet high by 4½ feet wide.

More information about the show is here.

How To Search This Blog

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Trying to find something on the blog — an upcoming walk, a certain photographer’s photos, posts on Muskrats, sightings of a favorite raptor?

Don’t forget that you can search 6.5 years of blog posts by using the Google search engine in the upper-right part of the blog. Let the searches begin.

Year of the Sphinx Moth

Photo by Regina Geoghan

Our friends at National Moth Week have declared 2015 “the Year of the Sphinx Moth,” which suits us just fine since we get quite a few at Jill’s Garden in the summer, including the Hummingbird Clearwing Moth and the Snowberry Clearwinged Moth and a very occasional Nessus Sphinx Moth.

The link to the National Moth Week Post is here.

And yes, we are planning another Moth Night with Bergen County Audubon Society and National Moth Week again this summer. Can’t wait!

Our Next Free Walk Is Sunday — and Awesome!

P1080128Our next free walk with Bergen County Audubon Society is our Sixth Annual Super Bird Sunday Walk in DeKorte Park on Feb. 1 — the same Sunday as the Super Bowl, just with lots of fresh air and no crass commercial craziness.

We’ll not only look for Bald Eagles and winter raptors, but we’ll be awarding prizes to the first person to see a bird species that was named for an NFL team.

(We may have gotten that last part backwards, but the stuff about the prizes is pretty much true.)

Details follow.

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