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Next Guided Walk is Tomorrow (Saturday!)

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June 1 (a Saturday)
Celery Farm Guided Walk
This free walk is for nature-lovers of all ages and birders of all levels. We'll look for butterflies, bugs, weird plants and our feathered friends. Meet at 8:00 a.m. at Greenway.

Wear long pants and socks; bring water and bug spray! Leaders: Jim Wright and Stiles Thomas. Register for this walk at celeryfarm@gmail.com. Check celeryfarm.net for any updates.


Mystery Mussels Demystified (sort of)

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The past two Monday mysteries have been about fresh-water mussels that we see frequently on the banks of Lake Appert.

Until recently, I never knew what they were. Then on a Celery Farm walk with The Nature Conservancy, Barbara Brummer decided to find out -- by asking an expert (what a concept).

So, long story short, these mussels are an Alewife Floater (top) and an Eastern Floater (bottom).

Too bad no one else could solve our little mystery. (Thanks, Barbara!)

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More on these native New Jersey fresh-water invertabrae here.

 

 


Our Next Free Guided Walk Is Saturday!

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June 1 (a Saturday)
Celery Farm Guided Walk
This free walk is for nature-lovers of all ages and birders of all levels. We'll look for butterflies, bugs, weird plants and our feathered friends. Meet at 8:00 a.m. at Greenway.

Wear long pants and socks; bring water and bug spray! Leaders: Jim Wright and Seymour Drakes. Register for this walk at celeryfarm@gmail.com. Check celeryfarm.net for any updates.


Memorial Day Morning Mystery Mussel

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OK, sometimes I am a little dense. I have been living next to the Celery Farm for more than a dozen years, and I have seen shells by the trail and at the Warden's Watch. Yet I never paid them much attention.

But on a recent walk, Barbara Brummer of The Nature Conservancy wanted to know what the above shell was. I said I didn't know...

The next time I saw her, she had found out.  What did she learn?

Flip-side view follows. Part One was last week.

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