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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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Ravi Potluri writes: Could you help with IDing this bird – am I missing something obvious here? I first thought of a goldfinch but the lack of a wing bar or pattern put me in doubt. Continue reading
Posted 9 hours ago at The Celery Farm & Beyond
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Our next free Celery Farm walk is Saturday, Oct. 4, at 8 a.m. The two-hour walk is sponsored by the Fyke Nature Association and the Bergen County Audubon Society. We'll have a spotting scope or two, but bring binoculars if... Continue reading
Posted 13 hours ago at The Celery Farm & Beyond
At least three conservation items that may be of note to readers of this blog. LG is still trying to move forward with its ill-advised office tower overlooking (and despoiling) the palisades… Catch up on how you can help stop... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at The Celery Farm & Beyond
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A friend called at dusk tonight to tell me he heard a Barred Owl calling and would I like to help him locate and photograph it? He located, I photographed. Got lucky. More on Barred Owls -- a threatened species... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at The Celery Farm & Beyond
Don Torino, a friend of this blog, wrote his latest column for wildnewjersey.tv on the potential impact of climate change on New Jersey's birds. The link is here. Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at The Celery Farm & Beyond
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My latest column in The Record and Herald-News is on Ridgewood's celebrated chimney swifts, how they went mising, and how and where many of them were found. The newspaper didn't have room for Kurt Muenz's cool shots of the swifts... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at The Celery Farm & Beyond
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Alice Leurck writes: I couldn't believe that an Orange Sulphur actually landed at the Celery Farm on Tuesday. There was also a very large Praying Mantis in the meadow and lots of red dragonflies. The Praying Mantis was very well... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at The Celery Farm & Beyond
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Our next free Celery Farm walk is Saturday, Oct. 4, at 8 a.m. The two-hour walk is sponsored by the Fyke Nature Association and the Bergen County Audubon Society. We'll have a spotting scope or two, but bring binoculars if... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at The Celery Farm & Beyond
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When I got a glimpse of a little guy with black on its head cleaning out the bluebird box that has been used by Black-capped Chicadees, House Wrens, and House Sparrows, I figured chickadee. Upon closer inspection, it was a... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at The Celery Farm & Beyond
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Phair's Pond is beautiful this time of year. Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at The Celery Farm & Beyond
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Photographer Kevin Watson took his camera and his winter boots out west to capture some of the most spectacular natural phenomena on the planet: the snow-covered landscapes and rugged wild life of Yellowstone National Park in winter, and the aurora... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at The Celery Farm & Beyond
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Fairly easy one... Happy last day of summer/first evening of aurtumn. Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2014 at The Celery Farm & Beyond
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I bumped into this talented sketch artist at the Pirie Platform on Saturday afternoon. His drawings of the Celery Farm were wonderful. I believe he said his name was Angel Soto. If you know him, please have him get in... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2014 at The Celery Farm & Beyond
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On Saturday, Sept. 13, my wife and I drove an injured Red-tailed hawk to The Raptor Trust, thanks to all the vigilant folks on Maltbie Avenue in Midland Park. We just received an update from TRT: Thank You for inquiring... Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2014 at The Celery Farm & Beyond
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Carol Flanagan writes: The calendars are here! They will be available at the Fyke meeting on Friday 9-26-14 (and at other events and locations to be announced) for a donation of $15 to Fyke. If you plan on purchasing calendars... Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2014 at The Celery Farm & Beyond
The Record's Christopher Maag has a story on the State Line Hawk Watch today -- too bad yesterday was a slow day at the lookout. And Staff Photographer Chris Pedota's shot of a Peregrine landing on a snag was pretty... Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2014 at The Celery Farm & Beyond
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Monarch numbers have been in steep decline, so it was heartening to see a couple of dozen last week over several locations, inlcuding the CF. This guy stopped in my backyard yesterday. Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2014 at The Celery Farm & Beyond
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Lots of great looks at migrating raptors today -- including this young Bald Eagle above. (I do like Bald Eagles.) Saw three kettles totaling hundreds of Broad-wings, a RT Hummingbird, local Common Ravens and lots of Monarchs. This is a... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2014 at The Celery Farm & Beyond
Rob Fanning writes: I have dubbed Sept. 18 "Celery Farm Magic Day" because I have seen some pretty special/unusual birds here on this date, including: Peregrine Falcon, Connecticut Warbler, Dickcissel, Red-necked Phalarope, and CF's 1st and only Western Kingbird. Best... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2014 at The Celery Farm & Beyond
Tonight (Wednesday night) is the big Bald Eagle e-book launch event, featuring David Wheeler of Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey, me and special guest Kathy Clark of the state's Endangered and Nongame Speices Program. The event will celebrate the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2014 at The Celery Farm & Beyond
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Carol Flanagan writes: The calendars are here! They will be available at the Fyke meeting on Friday 9-26-14 (and at other events and locations to be announced) for a donation of $15 to Fyke. If you plan on purchasing calendars... Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2014 at The Celery Farm & Beyond
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On Saturday night, my wife and I drove an injured Red-tailed hawk to The Raptor Trust, thanks to all the vigilant folks on Maltbie Avenue in Midland Park. Here is the first report we have received about the bird from... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2014 at The Celery Farm & Beyond
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Don Torino's latest column for wildnewjersey.tv is on the last flowers of summer -- including that Celery Farm favorite, Jewelweed. Here's the beginning: It feels very different outside now, despite the recent hot weather one you can feel summer slowly... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2014 at The Celery Farm & Beyond
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Like many members of Fyke, wife Patty and I are runners for The Raptor Trust. When TRT received a report of an injured Red-tail in Midland Park, they called to see if I could investigate and bring the bird in.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2014 at The Celery Farm & Beyond