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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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About a year and a half ago, Stiles Thomas installed an Eastern Bluebird nesting box for a friend in Gardiner, NY. Bluebirds have nested successfully there the past two springs. On Saturday, the box had a different visitor -- a... Continue reading
Posted 12 hours ago at Celery Farm and Beyond
Save the date: The Meadowlands Birding Festival is Saturday, Oct. 7. It's free, and it features some pretty cool walks and talks. Keynote speaker is Richard Crossley. Ron Shields and I will be giving a presentation tied to the fifth... Continue reading
Posted 15 hours ago at Celery Farm and Beyond
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Thanks to Julie McCall, who discovered a Monarch caterpillar on a blade of tall grass at the Celery Farm, a few of us have been monitoring a Monarch butterfly chrysalis there since late August. On Sunday, the Monarch hatched --... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Celery Farm and Beyond
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An article about "Jersey Icons"by John Ensslin in The Record today looks at the Meadowlands' remarkable environmental comeback -- including a reference to my book "The Nature of the Meadowlands," regarding the huge NJ Turnpike crash in East Rutherford back... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Celery Farm and Beyond
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This misplaced plant is everywhere these days, and spreading faster than Garlic Mustard. I have heard that it is native, but it seems like it is taking over. I took this photo at High Mountain, but the plant is all... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Celery Farm and Beyond
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On Monday, I asked readers to I.D. this bird. The consensus: Young Mourning Dove. I promise: No mo' MoDos for a while. Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Celery Farm and Beyond
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The Record's Better Living section today features a 10 things that you "must-do" this autumn in North Jersey . Allendale's Celery Farm is No. 8. The on-line version features two of my photos of the preserve, above and below. The... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Celery Farm and Beyond
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Earlier this week, I did a quick trek to the summit of High Mountain from Reservoir Drive via the Red Trail and Yellow Trail. (If you hustle, you can make the steep hike to the summit in half an hour.)... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Celery Farm and Beyond
The Nature Conservancy's Cool Green Science Blog has a great new article about the rare bats in the High Mountain Park Preserve and the efforts by William Paterson University Professor Lance Risley and his students to find out more about... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Celery Farm and Beyond
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The NYC Urban Park Rangers are sponsoring a Raptor Fest from noon to 3 p.m. in Van Cortland Park in the Bronx this weekend, and one of the displays will feature a photo of Alice the Bald Eagle by Alice... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Celery Farm and Beyond
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Next time you head down Parnell's Path, check out the Jewelweed growing amid the Common Phragmites. The phrags are a nasty invasive but they do protect the Jewelweed from the ravages of the voracious deer. The "poppers" are popping now,... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Celery Farm and Beyond
Save the date: The Meadowlands Birding Festival is Saturday, Oct. 7. It's free, and it features some pretty cool walks and talks. Keynote speaker is Richard Crossley. Ron Shields and I will be giving a presentation tied to the fifth... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2017 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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Passing along this caveat about abandoned fishing line yesterday, via an e-mail from Don Torino of Bergen County Audubon. Don's e-mail included the photo above, as well as a photo best not shared -- of a dead Great Horned Owl... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2017 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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Ginny Chucka passed this mystery along, created to a certain degree by the difficulty photographing the bird, seen In the woods by Hank's Pond in West Milford. What do you think it is? My first reaction was Mourning Dove but... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2017 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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The State Line Lookout is known for its terrific counters. Here are two of them. Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2017 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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Made my first trip to the State Line Hawk Watch in Alpine during fall migration and was treated to a great little show, including a mini-kettle of a dozen Broad-wings, a Gray Ghost, an immature Bald Eagle overhead (above, of... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2017 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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On Monday Alice Leurck asked: A recent Celery Farm surprise was the beautiful bunch of Cardinal Flowers growing along the Allendale Brook. In the photo, I noted a bug I do not recognize. Can anyone help? As most of us... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2017 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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Remember Alice, the Bald Eagle that nested in Ridgefield Park with her mate Al until this spring? We know she had a small transmitter (that no longer worked), a missing wing feather and a red-over black band on her leg.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2017 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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Chris Neff of NJ Audubon was nice enough to pass along some of his recent photos of (and from) NJ Audubon’s Montclair Hawk Watch this week. The photos give a nice feel of what the lookout is like -- and... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2017 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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My latest column for The Record is all about the soon-to-take-off Broad-wing migration at our region's three most popular hawk watches -- in Alpine, Montclair and nearby Warwick, N.Y. The big Broad-wing count day for the hawk watches should be... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2017 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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At Butterfly Day at DeKorte Park this past July, the Bergen County Audubon Society was giving away Swamp Milkweed plants, and I was fortunate enough to get one of the plants that a Monarch had been laying eggs on. I... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2017 at Celery Farm and Beyond