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August 2014

Purple Prose in The Times

This appeared last Wednesday on the Op-Ed Page of The New York Times:

An Op-Ed essay on Monday described bald eagles and ospreys incorrectly. They eat fish, and their poop is white; they do not eat berries and excrete purple feces. (Other birds, like American robins, Eurasian starlings and cedar waxwings, do.)

I am guessing that the berries were pokeweed.

Our Next Free Walk is Saturday, Sept. 6

P1000172Marsh Warden Mike Limatola and I are doing our first-Saturday-of-the-month walks again this fall -- on Sept. 6 and Oct. 4 at 8 a.m.

The September walk will be followed by an optional half-hour tour of the historic Fell House nearby. (Let us know in adavnce about this.)

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. 6. Listing follows.

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Lillian Thomas Birthday Msgs a Hit!


Lillian Thomas, Celery Farm Butterfly Garden Master Gardener Emeritus,  celebrated her 90th birthday yesterday (Friday).

Her husband Stiles initiated a birthday-card-writing campaign in her honor, and you'll be happy to hear she received at least 130 cards and e-mail greetings.

Stiles offers his thanks to all who wrote to Sis, and to The Town Journal and the Villadom Times for printing his letter about sending "his girlfriend of 72 years" a card on her 90th birthday.

Sis says thank you, too!

Black-crowned Night Heron

Thanks to Marsh Warden Mike Limatola, who called to tell me of a nearby and chilled-out Black-crowned Night Heron at the Celery Farm, I was able to get some incredible closeups of this bird.

After Mike and I took a slew of photos, we left, and the heron was still there.