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Saturday: Free Butterfly Walk

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Fyke's annual Tom Burr Memorial Butterfly Walk is this Saturday, July 19, at 10:30 a.m. We meet at the Green Way entrance.

The walk is named for Tom Burr, the late Fyke member, naturalist and photographer, who led this walk with charm and great humor.

Dress for bright sun (we hope). RSVP at celeryfarm@gmail.com.


My Column: Readers' Simple Pleasures

More than two dozen readers responded to a recent request for folks to share their favorite "simple pleasures" of birding.

Great crestedflycatcher, photographedby Mary AnnBattersbyof Ringwood.
Great crestedflycatcher, photographedby Mary AnnBattersbyof Ringwood.

The wonderful variety of their memories speaks to the wide allure of a pastime that you can do almost anytime you're outside or even near a window.

- See more at: http://www.northjersey.com/community-news/recreation/readers-share-their-birding-simple-pleasures-1.1052891#sthash.TsT1uyIb.dpuf

More than two dozen readers responded to a recent request for folks to share their favorite "simple pleasures" of birding.

Great crestedflycatcher, photographedby Mary AnnBattersbyof Ringwood.
Great crestedflycatcher, photographedby Mary AnnBattersbyof Ringwood.

The wonderful variety of their memories speaks to the wide allure of a pastime that you can do almost anytime you're outside or even near a window.

- See more at: http://www.northjersey.com/community-news/recreation/readers-share-their-birding-simple-pleasures-1.1052891#sthash.TsT1uyIb.dpuf

More than two dozen readers responded to a recent request for folks to share their favorite "simple pleasures" of birding.

Great crestedflycatcher, photographedby Mary AnnBattersbyof Ringwood.
Great crestedflycatcher, photographedby Mary AnnBattersbyof Ringwood.

The wonderful variety of their memories speaks to the wide allure of a pastime that you can do almost anytime you're outside or even near a window.

- See more at: http://www.northjersey.com/community-news/recreation/readers-share-their-birding-simple-pleasures-1.1052891#sthash.TsT1uyIb.dpuf

 

More than two dozen readers responded to a recent request for folks to share their favorite "simple pleasures" of birding. - See more at: http://www.northjersey.com/community-news/recreation/readers-share-their-birding-simple-pleasures-1.1052891#sthash.TsT1uyIb.dpuf
More than two dozen readers responded to a recent request for folks to share their favorite "simple pleasures" of birding. - See more at: http://www.northjersey.com/community-news/recreation/readers-share-their-birding-simple-pleasures-1.1052891#sthash.TsT1uyIb.dpuf

More than two dozen readers Battersby Great-Crested Flycatcher-001responded to my recent request for folks to share their favorite “simple pleasures” of birding.

The wonderful variety of memories speaks to the wide allure of a pastime that you can do almost anytime you’re outside or even near a window.

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More than two dozen readers responded to a recent request for folks to share their favorite "simple pleasures" of birding.

Great crestedflycatcher, photographedby Mary AnnBattersbyof Ringwood.
Great crestedflycatcher, photographedby Mary AnnBattersbyof Ringwood.

The wonderful variety of their memories speaks to the wide allure of a pastime that you can do almost anytime you're outside or even near a window.

- See more at: http://www.northjersey.com/community-news/recreation/readers-share-their-birding-simple-pleasures-1.1052891#sthash.TsT1uyIb.dpuf

More than two dozen readers responded to a recent request for folks to share their favorite "simple pleasures" of birding.

Great crestedflycatcher, photographedby Mary AnnBattersbyof Ringwood.
Great crestedflycatcher, photographedby Mary AnnBattersbyof Ringwood.

The wonderful variety of their memories speaks to the wide allure of a pastime that you can do almost anytime you're outside or even near a window.

- See more at: http://www.northjersey.com/community-news/recreation/readers-share-their-birding-simple-pleasures-1.1052891#sthash.TsT1uyIb.dpuf

Amazing Mink Report in Celery Farm

Patty Finn (my wife) writes:

I was out back [next to the Celery Farm] and heard birds screaming.  I looked up and a bunch of robins, red bellies and catbirds were going crazy.

 I looked down and there was a mink fighting with a squirrel.  The mink took the squirrel to the stream and drowned it - very weird.  I watched it for about 3 minutes.  They were in the water near the path.  

Some people came by and I told them there was a mink, and I think they thought I was crazy.  The mink came out - no squirrel-- and ran away, but the people loved it.  

They thought it was a ferret, but it was definitely a mink!  My first sighting -- even if it was kind of bizarre.


When You Visit the Celery Farm

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A family-oriented local day-trips website recently contacted Fyke Nature Association about advice for visiting the Celery Farm for the first time.

Below are some of the tips we offered to ensure that all visitors have an enjoyable time. Do you have any to add?

Please...

* Enjoy the abundant nature and the peaceful setting.

* Bring binoculars (and a birding field guide if you plan to go birding).

* Wear bug spray and sunscreen in the warmer months.

* Look out for Poison Ivy at all times.

* Stay on trails; ticks abound.

* Do not pick any plants or flowers. They belong to everyone.

* Do not fish; do not capture or release any wildlife, including frogs and turtles.

* Jogging is permitted, but this is a natural area, not a park, and runners must be respectful of others' enjoyment of nature.

* If you park along the Franklin Turnpike. do not park on the sidewalk. It is against state law, you could damage the sidewalk, and you could get a ticket.