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Our Next Free Guided Walk

P1000172Marsh Warden Mike Limatola and I are doing our first-Saturday-of-the-month on Saturday, Oct. 5 at 8 a.m.

All participants will receive a brand-new, second-edition, full-color Celery Farm brochure, and we'll have 2014 Celery Farm calendars for sale as well!

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.

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 Saturday. Listing follows.

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Mysterious Bird Deaths -- Advice Needed!

Ravi Potluri writes:

We live in Rio Vista, right next to the Celery Farm, and have had a great time so far enjoying the abundant bird life that we can see without stepping out of our house.

 Much to our consternation though, we have found a dead bird on our porch each of the last 4 days. A dove, a female goldfinch, a Red-eyed Vireo, and today a cardinal. There was no such incident the first 5 weeks we have been here.

 Would you have any idea on why this may be happening, and what we may be able to do to stop this phenomenon?

We do have windows where they are being found. We also have a very active feeder, but that is about 15-20 feet away, and we have not seen a vireo on it.

This may be a night time phenomenon, but we are not sure.

My first guess is window strikes, but hard to explain why all of a sudden and four days in a row.  Does anyone have any ideas?