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Jim Wright
Allendale, NJ
I am a writer with an environmental bent, deputy warden at the Celery Farm Natural Area in Allendale, NJ, and a trustee of the New Jersey Chapter of The Nature Conservancy.
Interests: Birds, nature, conservation, local history, photography, screech owls, the environment.
Recent Activity
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As you may recall, Walt Staab has taken some amazing shots of Bald Eagles, Peregrine Falcons and Ospreys (and more) at the Celery Farm in the past year. He has turned his attention to ducks lately, capturing the images of... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Celery Farm and Beyond
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At least two of these big rocks can be found in the Celery Farm. What are they (How'd they get here), and where are these two located? Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Celery Farm and Beyond
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I looked at my blog stats yesterday and discovered that "The Celery Farm & Beyond" had its 500,000th page view yesterday. I had lost track. A big thank you to everyone who has viewed the blog over the years and... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Celery Farm and Beyond
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One of my favorite spots in the Celery Farm is Brotherton Bridge, because not only does it make me think of John and Pat Brotherton, dear friends to so many of us, but it also is a gateway to parts... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Celery Farm and Beyond
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On Monday, I asked: Where in the Celery Farm Natural Area are these next boxes located (tough question), and why are they located like that? And what's with the opening? The answers are: These boxes are located in the little-known... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Celery Farm and Beyond
Tom Nicastri writes: Was photographing at the Celery Farm today. A mystery guest walked into my video. I did not see it till I viewed at home. (Thanks, Tom! Nice Northern Shovelers, too.) Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Celery Farm and Beyond
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I visited the John James Audubon homestead in Audubon, Pa., highly recommended for anyone interested in Audubon and his art. The beautiful grounds included a Chimney Swift tower. There were reports of a Pileated, but I couldn't find it.... I... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Celery Farm and Beyond
My latest column for The Record is about a Westwood Boy Scout who built a Chimney Swift tower as his Eagle Scout project. The link -- including a time-lapse video of the construction -- is here. I gotta say it's... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Celery Farm and Beyond
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Saw this on the Jerseybirds email list: My name is Andrew Boucher, I'm a 17 year old birder from northern NJ. I have watched the jbirders emails for a few months now but I finally saw a bird worthy of... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Celery Farm and Beyond
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On a visit this past weekend to Washington, D.C., came across a couple of tree-lined streets where Ginkgos ruled. In fact, Ginkgo leaves covered parts of the road and buried a couple cars (sort of). Also learned to never step... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Celery Farm and Beyond
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On Tuesday, I am giving my talk about High Mountain in nearby Wayne -- and reading my favorite short story about Wild Turduckens -- at Hawthorne's Louis Bay 2nd Library. The presentation runs from 7 to 8 p.m. and will... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2017 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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Where in the Celery Farm Natural Area are these next boxes located (tough question), and why are they located like that? And what's with the opening? (Thanks, Fred!) Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2017 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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Next Tuesday, I am giving my talk about High Mountain in nearby Wayne -- and reading my favorite short story about Wild Turduckens -- at Hawthorne's Louis Bay 2nd Library. The presentation runs from 7 to 8 p.m. and will... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2017 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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Stiles Thomas carved this snake for Deedee Burnside in '05. Might be his best ever, though I loved the ones he put around the Celery Farm. Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2017 at Celery Farm and Beyond
Posted Nov 9, 2017 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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Next Tuesday, I am giving my talk about High Mountain in nearby Wayne -- and reading my favorite short story about Wild Turduckens -- at Hawthorne's Louis Bay 2nd Library. The presentation runs from 7 to 8 p.m. and will... Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2017 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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Here's a close-up of a leaf, and another shot of this apparently deer-resistant sapling. I hope it helps. Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2017 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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The Northwest Bergen History Coalition had its annual luncheon last week at the Tuxedo Park Club in the famed gated community just to our north. This is how the other 1 percent lived (it up). The crazy tennis court located... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2017 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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Why is the young Celery Farm tree unusual (and can anyone I.D. it? Located just past the Pink Potty Bridge as you head clockwise around the lake. Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2017 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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Really coming along. Marsh Warden Mike Limatola removed a lot of the bushes so you can see the beauty of the house. (Thanks, Mike.) Looks like the painters are doing a great job. Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2017 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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David Kaplan's dad took this shot of the Brant at the Celery Farm yesterday. Much better! (Thanks!) Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2017 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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And a pretty full one at that. Try not to think of the song in the headline. Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2017 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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Thanks to Fred Weber, I saw a (very distant) Brant at the Celery Farm on Thursday. Fred had seen it Wednesday but I couldn't find it until today. (Thanks, Fred!) When I saw it, it was across the Big Ditch... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2017 at Celery Farm and Beyond
My latest column for The Record provides the answers to the 10 most pressing questions about suet. Theoretically. The link is here. (Photo by Susan McTigue. Thanks, Susan!) Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2017 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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I heard a report that Jim Kuehlke saw a Common Gallinule today so rushed to the Pirie Mayhood Tower on a gloomy afternoon with my spotting scope and tracked it down across the lake and a bit to the right.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2017 at Celery Farm and Beyond