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August 2012

Our Next CF Walk: Saturday, Sept. 8

P1000172Marsh Warden Mike Limatola and I are doing our first-Saturday-of-the-month walks again this fall -- on Sept. 8 and Oct. 6 at 8 a.m.

The September walk will be followed by an optional half-hour tour of the historic Fell House nearby.

We'll have a spotting scope or two, but bring binoculars if you have them.

Note: We suggest wearing long sleeves, long pants, socks and shoes to reduce the chances of ticks.

The 90-minute walk, open to nature lovers of all ages and abilities, are designed to acquaint more people with the 107-acre Celery Farm  -- and the 250-year-old Fell House.

The walks begin at the end of Green Way (a right turn off of northbound Franklin Turnpike, just before Crescent Avenue).  (Directions are in the left-hand column.)

The walks are sponsored by the Fyke Nature Association, which helps maintain the Celery Farm, and the Concerned Citizens of Allendale, which saved the Fell House and its 2.8-acre property from becoming a townhouse development.

E-mail Jim Wright here to rsvp or get more info. Check this blog,, for updates, last-minute weather advisories for the walk, and directions to the Celery Farm, Green Way and the Fell House.

We hope to see you on Sept. 8. Listing follows.

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Lake Tappan Reservoir Paddle!

Bergen SWAN is sponsoring a guided paddle of Lake Tappan Reservoir and beyond, led by naturalist Nancy Slowik, on Sunday, Sept. 9, from 3 to 6 p.m.

The paddle launches from a ramp at the southern end of the reservoir.  After a safety and paddle technique introduction from an Eastern Mountain Sports veteran kayaker, we will travel north through what is known as the 40 Foot Hole and then further north through the bewildering lovely Spatterdock Marsh.  

Nancy will provide insights into the flora and fauna and seasonally changing landscapes of these unique sections of the Upper Hackensack River Watershed. Full info, including cost and kayak availability, is here.

Sounds pretty nifty.

More info follows.

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Mount Peter Hawk Watch News!

Hawk Watch Coordinator Judy Cinquina writes:

I'm very pleased to announce that the Mount Peter Hawk Watch now has 54 years of data in Hawkcount.

Many Fyke members, especially in the 1950's, '60's, and '70's contributed time and effort to the count, and their data will now be available to researchers and the public.

Denise Farrell & I worked a good part of the summer entering data, and I couldn't have kept up the tedious work without her.
Check it out at

Our Mount Peter Clean-Up date is set for Sunday, September 2, 2012 at 9 a.m.

If you can help out for a few hours or just an hour, we'd appreciate your help. We pick up garbage and cut brush & small trees. Bring work gloves, loppers, saws, anything you think might be of use. If you can make it, please let me know.

More info follows.

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Great Column On 'Hero' Mike Limatola

Don Torino wrote a great column on Celery Farm Warden Mike Limatola on the blog.

Don writes:

"Sometimes there are people that choose to make the world a better place. They could just as well have been virtuous and noble neighbors, good citizens, and parents that worked hard and left it at that. But sometimes there are those who find it in themselves to step up to give more.
"They make a decision that they would work to protect the environment around them and create a better community for all of us. With little or no fanfare, they work hard each day to ensure that wild places stay that way.
"Making sure our birds and butterflies are safe and they strive to provide the opportunity for people like you and me to get out and enjoy these places.

"One of those rare individuals is Mike Limatola, President of Fyke Nature Association and Marsh Warden of the beautiful Celery Farm Nature Preserve in Allendale ..."

Congrats, Mike! Thanks, Don!

The entire column is here.