Many thanks to Mickey Raine for these recent photos taken of Black Skimmers during sunset hours at Mill Creek Point park. Such a peaceful sight. Looking forward to many pleasant sunsets over the Meadowlands this summer!
FREE. Tuesday, July 21, 10 am – noon
DeKorte Park, Lyndhurst
We’ll look for swallows, herons, and other birds of interest as well as butterflies and plants that attract them. The walk is run by the NJSEA and the Bergen County Audubon Society. For information contact Don Torino or call 201-230-4983. Register here.
Tuesday, April 14, 2015, noon, adults
Build a Better Butterfly Garden
Meadowlands Environment Center
Grab your lunch and join Don Torino of the Bergen County Audubon Society who will show you how to turn your backyard into a butterfly haven. You’ll also learn how you can help the beautiful Monarch butterfly, whose numbers have declined precipitously in recent years. $6/person; $5 MEC members. Please register here.
“By naming a state moth, New Jersey would show the rest of the country that
it values the role moths play in the ecosystem and recognizes their beauty,
biodiversity and importance to the environment,” said Liti Haramaty of the Friends of East Brunswick Environmental Commission. Read the story here, on National Moth Week’s blog.
Like the rest of us, Don can’t wait for spring. Read his wonderful new article for Wild New Jersey here.
And don’t forget to sign up for his April 14th Lunch ‘n Learn talk Build a Better Butterfly Garden. $6/person, $5/MEC members. Register here.
Lots of butterflies by the Environment Center today, including Viceroy, Monarch, Black Swallowtail, Red Admiral, Pearl Crescent, Common Buckeye, Wild Indigo Duskywing, Broad-winged Skipper, Silver-spotted Skipper, Peck's Skipper, Cabbage White and Orange Sulphur. Also had our buddy, the Snowberry Clear-winged Moth.
Should be a great weekend for birds and butterflies at DeKorte.
Full story follows.
We will be doing butterfly counts at DeKorte Park from time to time this
summer as schedules allow, using a new digital DeKorte Butterfly Count Sheet that the public is free to download and use.
After our noon Marsh Discovery Trail Walk today, we counted 11 species of butterflies — including an American Lady (above) and Viceroy (right) — plus a Snowberry Clear-winged Moth.
Download the list here:
Full list and Snowberry Clearwing photo follow.
Can anyone ID this? Taken last Friday in a flower bed in a DeKorte parking lot.