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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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Stiles Thomas reports: Laura and Ken, the endangered Red-shouldered Hawks of Allendale, have two chicks. The hosts of the nest tree, the Kempeys, reported that one of the parents was seen this morning feeding two young in the nest. Congrats,... Continue reading
Posted 8 hours ago at The Celery Farm and Beyond
Next Monday, state Wildlife Biologist John Heilferty will be climbing Duke Farms' eagle-nest tree to retrieve the two eaglets for banding and a medical exam. Learn more about John -- and what an eagle nest smells like -- in my... Continue reading
Posted 10 hours ago at The Celery Farm and Beyond
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My latest column for The Record and the Herald News is about what you need to do to get hummingbirds in your backyard. The link is here. The photo is by Joe Koscielny. (Thanks, Joe!) Continue reading
Posted 11 hours ago at The Celery Farm and Beyond
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Oldie but goodie, and getting better with age, I'm sure ... Continue reading
Posted 12 hours ago at The Celery Farm and Beyond
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Praying Mantis could be here on Sunday. Continue reading
Posted yesterday at The Celery Farm and Beyond
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The Duke Farms Bald Eagles brought in a waterfowl yesterday, and no one knows quite to make of it (except the two eaglets, who ate it). First guess was duck but.... Can you help? The link to my Duke Farms... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at The Celery Farm and Beyond
After experiencing some unexpected technical difficulties, the Celery Farm and Beyond blog is back in business. Thanks for bearing with me. New posts will resume shortly. A couple of posts were posted while the blog was out of commission. Continue reading
Posted yesterday at The Celery Farm and Beyond
Next Monday morning, the two Duke Farms eaglets are scheduled to be banded by a state wildlife biologist and examined by a veterinarian. Another state wildlife biologist will climb more than 80 feet up the tree to retrieve the two... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at The Celery Farm and Beyond
Mike Shanahan, a colleague at The Nature Conservancy in New Jersey, has a cool post on TNC's New Jersey blog -- all about how some of our nation's most persistent invasives -- including, yes, European Starlings -- got here. The... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at The Celery Farm and Beyond
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History Day at the Fell House and nine other historic houses is Saturday, May 14. At the Fell House,I hope to give a few short talks (with slides) about why local history matters. Will post more info as it becomes... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at The Celery Farm and Beyond
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Want to find out what is being seen and when at the Celery Farm? Check out eBird's Hotspot Explorer for the Celery Farm. It is chock full of great timely information. Just poke around the site a little. The link... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at The Celery Farm and Beyond
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Vhat is dis? From the summit of High Mountain. Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at The Celery Farm and Beyond
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Fyke Nature Association an Bergen County Audubon are teaming up to present a free walk this Saturday at 8 a.m. Can't pick a better time of year! All participants will receive a full-color Celery Farm brochure, and we'll have 2015... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at The Celery Farm and Beyond
As you may know, I am affiliated with The Nature Conservancy in New Jersey (I'm a trustee) and have been doing a lot of work with them -- most notably with High Mountain. TNC has a new blog called, appropriately,... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at The Celery Farm and Beyond
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One of my favorite places in the Meadowlands is Losen Slote Park in Little Ferry. BCAS is having a walk there at 10 a.m., Sunday, and Don Torino wrote this column for the Meadowlands Nature Blog about this unheralded birding... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at The Celery Farm and Beyond
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Trish Albanese writes: This is the only clear picture I shot as we both startled each other. I was coming from Warden's Watch on Wednesday afternoon, headed back to the parking lot. At first glance I thought 2 squirrels were... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at The Celery Farm and Beyond
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Hangin' with a Rusty Blackbird in Wood Duckling Pond today. Needs Visine, as usual. Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at The Celery Farm and Beyond
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Hanging with his buddy, an American Coot... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at The Celery Farm and Beyond
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The paddle with Bergen Swan is on the Spatterdock Marsh is Rockland County on Sunday, May 15, at 2 p.m. You can get more info here. Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at The Celery Farm and Beyond
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Saw this Eastern Tiger Swallowtail in my front yard yesterday afternoon, but somebody else saw it first. An otherwise awesome afternoon. Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at The Celery Farm and Beyond
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As you can see from this early morning shot through the tangle of branches at Blue Heron Pond, the Wilson's Snipe is still at the Celery Farm. I never would have found it if not for those who found it... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2016 at The Celery Farm and Beyond
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The Trenton State Library has invited me to speak next Tuesday, May 3, at noon, about my coffee-table book "The Nature of the Meadowlands" and the restoration of this former wasteland. If you're in the area, please check it out!... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2016 at The Celery Farm and Beyond
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My latest post for Duke Farms' blog is an interview with Larissa Smith, biologist for Conserve Wildlife Foundation. She is leading the effort to monitor dozens of Bald Eagle nests in New Jersey and also runs CWF’s citizen-science project to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2016 at The Celery Farm and Beyond
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Took this pic at dusk three months ago today. Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2016 at The Celery Farm and Beyond
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Did Alice Leurck say something about a Wilson's Snipe in this photo, or an American Woodcock perhaps? If so, what and where? Just trying to make it a mystery fit for a Monday morning. Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2016 at The Celery Farm and Beyond