DeKorte Tagged-Monarch Update

Marie Longo of Bergen County Audubon Society writes:

We tagged that Monarch on August 26 at DeKorte.  We are surprised he is still in the area.  

Could be 2 reasons why, plenty of nectar sources and plenty of females to mate with!

You can read more in Don Torino's next column for the Meadowblog later this week -- will post a link when it is a available.

(Thanks, Marie!)

Reserve a Spot Now: Franklin Clove Walk

JW TNC High Mountain Clove-IMG_1719-001I am leading a free guided walk to historic Franklin Clove on Saturday, Oct. 29 for the Fyke Nature Association. (I am also doing a free talk about the clove and summit of High Mountain at the Fyke meeting on Friday night, Oct. 28.)IMG_0972

It's an amazing place, filled with great history and geology lessons. Prehistoric humans lived there in rock shelters thousands of years ago. The Lenape wintered here in the late 1600s.

And the clove itself is a narrow ravine made of basalt. We'll also visit a nearby waterfall.

Note: It is  a short walk -- well under two miles total -- but you will have to climb over a fallen tree trunk or two (see photo at right) and deal with some very rocky trails. Folks with balance issues may find it challenging.

Due to the nature if the walk (narrow trails) and a lack of parking, the walk is limited to the first 16 folks who register, and there are very few spots remaining. We may be able to fit more folks if we car pool. You must rsvp.

Details  on talk and walk follow.

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Viking Ship by Stateline Lookout

One of the highlights yesterday at Stateline Lookout, in addition to the dozens of looks at distant raptors, a Northern Harrier and a Pileated Woodpecker, was this Viking ship headed down the Hudson.

I figured that it was headed toward the large city to the south and that its intentions were probably good.

A story in The Record today shows that I was right. Link is here.

Unleash the Draken!

Obligatory distant raptor shot (of the Northern Harrier) is below.