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April 2019

Edith Wallace is the guest speaker at the next Fyke meeting, tomorrow (Friday) at 8 p.m.
She'll be talking about "The Mystery Writers' Garden (with a nod to Agatha Christie)."

Here's her promo:
Are you willing to risk everything to eliminate an obnoxious neighbor, co-worker or relative? How?
You can get instructions from mystery stories written by the master Agatha Christie or contemporary authors.
I've selected plants that grow in northern New Jersey that may be used for their lethal potential.
Beware at tea time as some of these plants may be included in your beverage or cake. Might you be the perpetrator or victim?
For your sake, you’d be a fool not to attend this program!
Sounds like the perfect antidote to a long work week.
The talk, at Allendale Borough Hall, is free and open to the public.  It is funded by a generous grant from the Winifred M. and George P. Pitkin Foundation.

Sunday: John Fell's Arrest Reenacted!

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This Sunday, the Fell House proudly presents a reenactment of John Fell's arrest by British Loyalists at his home in Allendale (then part of Paramus) 242-years ago.

The reenactment will take at 12:30 pm. and 2:30 p.m.

Eighteenth-century English country dances will also be performed.

Also on tap: colonial activities, games, dancing lessons and other events.

This event was funded by a generous grant from the Winifred M. and George P. Pitkin Foundation.


Thrasher & Other Cool Birds by the Kay Center

IMG_9564Yesterday I visited the Kay Center, The Nature Conservancy's New Jersey headquarters, located off Route 206 in Chester.

A little late in the day (10:45-11:45 a.m.), but I was thrilled to see a Brown Thrasher, one of those birds that I seldom seem to see. (Lighting could have been a little better, but I'll take it.)

Also enjoyed some nice looks at a Tree Swallow atop its nestbox and some Chipping Sparrows.

Lots of bluebird boxes, too.

More on the Kay Center here.



A Great Delaware River Success Story

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I am pleased to pass this along from The Nature Conservancy:

For the first time in over a century, American shad (Alosa sapidissima) have been discovered upstream from the former Columbia Dam site on the 42-mile long Paulins Kill river, an important tributary to the Delaware River in northwestern New Jersey.

Princeton Hydro’s Senior Water Resources Engineer and avid fisherman, Dr. Clay Emerson, PE, CFM, caught an American Shad in the Paulins Kill miles above the previous dam site this past weekend. (Above photo courtesy of Princeton Hydro.)

A successful collaboration between The Nature Conservancy, American Rivers, Princeton Hydro, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife resulted in removal of the out-of-commission hydroelectric Columbia Dam just months ago.

Prior to this removal, American Shad and other migratory fish could not make it past the large dam structure to swim upstream to their important breeding grounds.

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