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August 2019

Meadowland Birding Fest Is Sept. 14

The annual Meadowlands Birding Festival is Saturday, Sept. 14 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. -- with a dawn walk in legendary Harrier Meadow.
The event features bird walks and talks, raptor visits, children's activities, and pontoon boat tours.
Most of the events are free.
Highlights include a keynote talk by renowned author Sharon Stiteler "The Bird Chick" and a live raptor demonstration.
The event is sponsored by the New Jersey Sports & Exposition Authority and the Bergen County Audubon Society
Get more info and register is here.

My Column: Red-shouldered Hawks Rebound!

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For the past few nesting seasons, the celebrated (and endangered) Red-shouldered Hawks of Allendale and nearby Ramsey have done a disappearing act when nesting.

Many folks would see them flying with nesting material and (later) prey, but the whereabouts of the nest remained a mystery. I  looked high and low, to no avail.

Then I got a tip. The Red-shoulders had nested successfully once more.

The homeowners confirmed that the nest has been active the past few years, but asked that I keep the location a secret.

I have -- but I did write a column about it, in The Record's Better Living section today. I was also fortunate to get some photos of a parent flying from the nest and a nestling shortly before it fledged.

Their secret is safe.

You can preview or download the Red-shoulder column here:

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(With the help of a few birder friends, I did a free e-book about Allendale's Red-shoulders several years ago. You can download it here or read a hard copy at the Allendale Library.)

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