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Glossy Ibis Pix from Friday

IMG_3941Lynn McKenzie was nice enough to share some photos she took of the Glossy Ibises that were at the Celery Farm for 10 minutes on Friday.

She pointed out that someone on eBird reported seeing four of them in Northvale a few days prior.

(Thanks, Lynn!)


Glossy Ibises at the CF

132039393_979565666127372_2172405364195707166_nMichael Schumacher reports seeing four Glossy Ibises from the Pirie-Mayhood Tower today.

He says they stayed maybe 10 minutes...  (Thanks, Michael!)

Previous most-recent sighting was one ibis on May 4, 2017, by Richard Klockner. Four might be a record!

I understand another photographer may have gotten better shots of "the Ibi." Please let me know!

Those New QR Codes!

You may have noticed the new QR codes in the Celery Farm on the  Franklin Turnpike parking lot kiosk (lower right), the Warden Watch (right side 4x6 post), the Pirie-Mayhood Tower (second 4x6 post from left), and the Scout Platform (left side 4x6 post).

Point your cellphone camera at it, click the top text, and you'll go to the Fyke Nature Association website's map of the Celery Farm. (Some may need to download an app...)

You can try it out by holding your cellphone camera up to the QR code pictured here. Once you're on the map page, you can check out Fyke's other web pages as well.

Pretty cool. Thanks to Tom Mitchell for coming up with the idea and executing it, and Marsh Warden Mike Limatola for putting the blank signs for the QR codes.


Great Old Meadowlands Film

Back in 1986, The Nature Conservancy produced this eye-opening film about the Meadowlands, back in the day when the region was managed by a state agency called the Hackensack Meadowlands Development Commission.

A friend shared the video, and I thought I'd share it here.

The region was already on the rebound, but those open landfills were real eye-openers.

I recognize several folks (Don Smith!) from when I worked for the New Jersey Meadowlands Commission a decade ago.

It's a great environmental comeback! Long may it continue.

I wish I had seen this video when I wrote The Nature of the Meadowlands. I did not give Paul Ylvisaker and Cliff Goldman the credit they deserve.


Red-shoulder Hawk Update: 062421

This morning, I photographed the young Red-shoulder that recently fledged. It was
calling from a tree. Stunning young hawk.
Its sibling, which fell out of the nest three weeks ago, is still at The Raptor Trust and learning to fly. It will be released no sooner than a week or two from now -- away from the nest, which is near downtown Allendale, traffic, pets, rat-poison bait stations, etc... I will share photos of the young Red-shoulder at The Raptor Trust in the coming days.
(The Raptor Trust has saved several Allendale Red-shoulders over the past 20 years. They are a great organization.)