BCAS Walk This Wednesday, Nov. 9, at Losen Slote Creek Park in Little Ferry!

Join the Bergen County Audubon Society on Wednesday, Nov. 9, as they traverse Losen Slote Creek Park, one of the last remaining, low-lying forested area in the Meadowlands. Wear boots – the park can be muddy and the terrain a bit tough. Park in lot adjacent to soccer field on Mehrhoff Road. The walk goes from 10 am to noon.

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

Reminder: Double Your Fun: Back to Back BCAS Meadowlands Nature Walks This Weekend (Nov. 5 and 6)!

Join the Bergen County Audubon Society this Saturday, Nov. 5, for a guided nature walk at Harrier Meadow in North Arlington, from 10 a.m. to noon. Participants get to explore an excellent land preserve usually closed to the public.

Then come right back out on Sunday, Nov. 6, for a BCAS walk through Mill Creek Point Park and Schmidts Woods, both in Secaucus. This walk also runs from 10 am to noon.

The weather looks great this weekend, so take advantage of this opportunity to get out in nature each morning!

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

Double Your Fun: Back to Back BCAS Meadowlands Nature Walks This Weekend (Nov. 5 and 6)!

Join the Bergen County Audubon Society this Saturday, Nov. 5, for a guided nature walk at Harrier Meadow in North Arlington, from 10 a.m. to noon. Participants get to explore an excellent land preserve usually closed to the public.

Then come right back out on Sunday, Nov. 6, for a BCAS walk through Mill Creek Point Park and Schmidts Woods, both in Secaucus. This walk also runs from 10 am to noon.

The weather looks great this weekend, so take advantage of this opportunity to get out in nature each morning!

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

BCAS Donation to Increase Native Plants in DeKorte Park!

Many thanks to the Bergen County Audubon Society for their generous donation to be used toward the purchase of native plans for DeKorte Park! The $250 contribution will make a big, positive impact on the park’s abundant wildlife. Native plants provide food for pollinators and birds, and give a place to species to lay their eggs. Some native plants directly help species on the decline. For instance, milkweed is the only plant on which Monarch Butterflies will lay their eggs, helping to repopulate the Monarch population. They also offer a great scene for photographers and painters!

Thank you again BCAS!

Bergen County Audubon Society Names Emilia Lorenz As Recipient of this year’s Jill Homcy Memorial Award

Emilia Lorenz

The board members of Bergen County Audubon Society are proud to announce that the winner of this year’s Jill Homcy Memorial Award is Emilia Lorenz, recognized for her unwavering dedication to promoting the preservation of the environment in the Meadowlands through her stunning landscape and wildlife photography and videography.

 This award honors Jill’s memory by recognizing a photographer or videographer whose skill and passion behind the lens has raised awareness to preserve and protect wildlife and natural habitat in our region.

Message from Emilia Lorenz

To the family and friends of Jill Homcy,

I am humbled and exceptionally honored to be chosen for the Jill Homcy Award and represent the vision of Jill Homcy. Growing up in New Jersey, the Meadowlands has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. I have walked the trails and attended events at DeKorte Park more times than I can count. The Meadowlands is my home, hence the driving force for the reason I chose this significant area as the topic of my college thesis.

In the year and a half it took to complete, I learned so much about this region. Specifically, its extensive history of being mistreated, and yet how resilient it has remained despite all its challenges. However, just because the Meadowlands has overcome those obstacles and is the sanctuary as we know it today, does not mean our work here is done.

Walking through the Meadowlands today, sounds of birds are interrupted by those coming from nearby highways. Layers of infrastructure are juxtaposed against the foreground of wildlife and landscape. Planes constantly fly overhead, alongside waterfowl. Animals live in makeshift homes due to the confiscation of natural shelters. That is just the tip of the iceberg of issues that require our attention.

I’ve been warned about climate change consistently throughout my education in New Jersey, however, I have yet to see local ecosystems prioritized over economic gain. My goal for my thesis is to highlight the tension between mankind and vital habitat. As well as emphasize the pressure put on the Meadowlands and how in spite of that, it remains a beautiful refuge fighting for its inhabitants. It’s important we continue to fight for them too.

Once more, I am incredibly honored to be chosen for the Jill Homcy Award. Reading about her incredible accomplishments for the Meadowlands, in addition to her immense love for nature, I have a lot to look up to. Her impact of raising awareness of environmental issues is truly inspiring. To be able to achieve what Jill Homcy has, has been a goal of mine since I first picked up a camera. I will continue this work that photographers like myself, Jill Homcy and many others have dedicated so much of their time to.

Thank you,

Emilia Lorenz

Emilia first came to the attention of the BCAS while a student at New Jersey City University majoring in photography. For her senior thesis, Emilia produced “Encroachment of the Meadowlands,” a video in which she interviewed several Meadowlands scientists and experts to explore the region’s delicate urban eco-system that exists amongst development.

“Jill Homcy used her camera to bring conservation issues to the forefront and in a way that everyone could see, feel and understand,” said Don Torino, President of the BCAS. “Emilia has done the same with her video. It reminds us all why our Meadowlands is so important, and that it still needs our vigilance and protection.”

As a summer intern this year with the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority, Emilia’s responsibilities included capturing the natural beauty of the Meadowlands. She enthusiastically lent her lens and great talent to documenting in fine form the region’s natural beauty through the landscapes and wildlife that inhabit spaces like DeKorte Park in Lyndhurst and Mill Creek Marsh in Secaucus. She also photographed special events like “Butterfly Day” to help spotlight the winged marvels and show people the joy and wonder of children learning about the environment.

Bergen County Audubon Society is very proud to honor Jill’s legacy and to witness Jill’s values carried on by Emilia’s work and commitment. If you know someone that uses their talents to preserve and protect our wildlife, please let us know.