Help the Meadowlands Marsh Hawks

My ol' Meadowlands buddy Mike Newhouse and his team of crack birders are raising money for Great Egret research in the World Series of Birding on Saturday, May 6.

His team focuses on Bergen County only and does a great job.

A link where you can read more about the World Series and the Marsh Hawks is here.

Edith Wallace's Talk Is Tonight

April 28, 2017 - 8 PM Allendale Borough Hall

Edith Wallace: Feeding Birds and Caterpillars
with Native Plants at DeKorte Park

The Meadowlands -- from garbage dump to environmental renaissance. DeKorte Park, built at the edge of a landfill, was once considered worthless space. Now it's a wildlife preserve.

If we are to attract animals we must have food for them: plants. The initial plantings in DeKorte Park were primarily native plants. Recently the Bergen County Audubon Society has contributed many native plants to DeKorte Park's Kingsland Overlook and Lyndhurst Nature Preserve.

We will look at some of these plants and their contributions to wildlife.

Edith Wallace, botanist extraordinaire, tells all. Her talk is free and open to the public.

Sunday: High Mountain Hikes!

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Not sure if these are a tradition quite
yet, but...
April 30, 2017 (Sunday) — High Mountain Hike
9 a.m. Clove Walk, 11 a.m. Summit Hike
            Join Fyke Nature Association on Sunday morning, April 30, for one or two free walks. First, at 9 a.m., we'll walk to historic Franklin Clove, a ravine with cool geology and history – Lenapes once wintered there.  The terrain is flat but rocky, so wear serious hiking boots. (That's the Clove in the lower left, above.)
            We'll then regroup and take a free rigorous hike to the summit of High Mountain – which offers historic views of New York City and the suburbs of North Jersey.  We'll look for birds, and pick up any trash we see along the way. Bring water and wear sturdy hiking shoes. For more information or to rsvp, e-mail

An Arresting John Fell Day

1-DSCN2248A big thank you to all the folks who participated in John Fell Day,  and  to all the wonderful volunteers who made everything go so smoothly on this sunny April Sunday.

Heard's Brigade reenacted the arrest of John Fell at his house -- now known as 240 years ago as the John Fell House -- twice. The brigade was great, but most in the audience were rooting for John Fell and his family.  (Thank you Heard's Brigade and all the terrific volunteers.

You can read more about Founding Father  John Fell here.

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Cool 'Bobcat Alley' Story in The Record

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Environmental writer Jim O'Neill has a cool story on the front page of The Record today about Bobcat Alley -- a wildlife corridor that The Nature Conservancy and other groups are trying to create in the northwestern part of New Jersey.

As part of TNC, I have been out to the region several times and also photographed it from the air. It is an awesome place and definitely in need of saving.

The Record has some great bobcat shots and a video to go along with the story, here.

I thought I'd share (for the first time anywhere, I think) a trail cam shot of a bobcat taken along -- you guessed it -- Bobcat Alley, by Dennis Briede (above). Thanks, Dennis!

Below is one of the shots I took of Bobcat Alley  (Johnsonburg Swamp).