Author Archives: Brian Aberback

Butterfly Day Is This Sunday!

The wait is just about over! The 15th Annual Butterfly Day is this Sunday, July 21, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at DeKorte Park and the Meadowlands Environment Center in Lyndhurst. The event is co-hosted by the NJSEA and Bergen County Audubon Society and is the most highly anticipated public program of the year.

We invite everyone to participate in this family-friendly, engaging, educational and fun experience.

The Meadowlands Environment Center is located at 2 DeKorte Park, Plaza, Lyndhurst. The rain date is Sunday, July 28. For more information, contact Don Torino at greatauk4@gmail.com or 201-230-4982.

BCAS Summer Solstice Walk at Mill Creek Marsh Thursday, June 20!

Celebrate the first day of summer and the longest day of the year with the Bergen County Audubon Society at a great place for birding. We will be on the lookout for shorebirds, raptors and much more. The walk runs from 10 a.m. to noon.

The trail entrance is located behind Bob’s Discount Furniture, 3 Mill Creek Drive, Secaucus.

Contact:  Don Torino greatauk4@gmail.com – (201) 230-4983.

BCAS Birding for Beginners Class Is Sunday, June 23, at DeKorte Park!

Eager to begin your birdwatching adventure but not sure how to start? The Bergen County Audubon Society will hold a Birding for Beginners program on Sunday, June 23, at DeKorte Park in Lyndhurst. The class is a primer on bird identification, field optics, field guides and more. Birding for Beginners starts at 10 am A walk follows; bring binoculars if you have them. The BCAS delights in welcoming new birders to this fantastic, lifelong passion. We encourage you to join them on June 23!

The program takes place in the Meadowlands Environment Center Auditorium, 2 DeKorte Park Plaza, Lyndhurst.

Contact – Don Torino at greatauk4@gmail.com or 201-230-4983.

NJSEA Atlantic Coast Leopard Frog Study Shows Encouraging Results On Critical Meadowlands Species

A recently published NJSEA study on the Atlantic Coast Leopard Frog population in the Meadowlands shows that the important species is maintaining its presence across historic sites, and that there is evidence that the region is a stronghold for this otherwise declining species. 

Michael Turso, a Wildlife Biologist in the Meadowlands Research and Restoration Institute (MRRI), conducted the study with support from his colleagues. His findings were published in the May edition of the Urban Naturalist journal. The Atlantic Coast Leopard Frog is critical; it is the last remaining frog species with a substantial population occupying freshwater habitats in the Meadowlands. 

Turso’s research found that the Atlantic Coast Leopard Frog has maintained its presence in the Meadowlands over the past 11 years. In addition, the Acoustic Recording Units that identified the frogs led Turso and fellow MRRI staff to discover new habitat sites.

Click here to read the study.

BCAS Summer Solstice Walk at Mill Creek Marsh Thursday, June 20

Celebrate the first day of summer and the longest day of the year with the Bergen County Audubon Society at a great place for birding. We will be on the lookout for shorebirds, raptors and much more. The walk runs from 10 a.m. to noon.

The trail entrance is located behind Bob’s Discount Furniture, 3 Mill Creek Drive, Secaucus.

Contact:  Don Torino greatauk4@gmail.com – (201) 230-4983.

NJSEA Pontoon Boat Tour Season Kicks Off This Week!

The NJSEA 2024 Pontoon Boat Tour season begins this Thursday, June 8 (the trip is sold out) and goes through the end of September. The guided tours offer an up-close experience of the Hackensack River, its marshes and its thriving urban ecosystem. If you’ve only seen the Meadowlands while driving the New Jersey Turnpike or looking out the window of a commuter train, you won’t believe your eyes!

Many species of birds can be seen during the trips, including our resident Peregrine Falcon, Bald Eagles and Great Blue Herons.

Click here to learn more and to register. Tours fill up quick, so book your spot soon. And don’t forget your binoculars!

Native Plant Day At DeKorte Park Is Less Than Two Weeks Away (Sunday, May 19)!

Native Plant Day is just a short couple of weeks away! Join the NJSEA and the Bergen County Audubon Society for a day of engaging and educational walks and presentations. We will explain how everyone can make a difference in helping a number of species by putting native plants in your own backyard and community.

Join us from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 19, at DeKorte Park in Lyndhurst for this great event!

Contact: Don Torino at greatauk4@gmail.com or 201-230-4983.