Don Torino's Life in the Meadowlands: 50th Anniversary of Earth Day – Don’t it always seem to go, that you don't know what you got till it's gone?

In just a few weeks we will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of the first Earth Day and in the words of the classic Joni Mitchell song we seemed to not know what we had till it was gone, or in this case at least denied access. As Covid-19 devastated our communities and their usual destinations […]

Don Torino's Life in the Meadowlands: Our Meadowlands – A Living, Thriving Ecosystem for Endangered Species

I have been blessed over the past 11 years to be able to introduce countless people to the wonders of our New Jersey Meadowlands and to the incredible diversity of bird species that flourish there. To the disbelief of most people that visit our Meadowlands for the very first time many of the bird species […]

Don Torino’s Life in the Meadowlands: Why The Decline in Bird Populations? Start Looking In Your Own Backyard.

By now we are all well aware of the sad news about declining bird populations. A recent study says that we have lost 3 billion birds since 1970-  https://www.allaboutbirds.org/news/vanishing-1-in-4-birds-gone/?__hstc=161696355.e61e69055bd54162f371a4ae6ab97ff1.1576695100379.1576695100379.1579463581305.2&__hssc=161696355.1.1579463581305&__hsfp=645916085#_ga=2.25959294.2119829697.1579463579-1431456943.1576695097 . That is one out of every four birds that no longer exist in our State, communities and backyards. And make no mistake; these are not […]

Don Torino’s Life in the Meadowlands: The American Tree Sparrow – Long Distance Visitor to the Meadowlands

As I wandered a brilliant, freezing, cold wintery open field through the Meadowlands many years ago I was startled by a tiny little bird that was barely clinging to the tip of a windswept phragmite. I was immediately captivated by this tiny but very energetic little bird’s rusty colored cap, gray face, two-toned bill and […]