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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
Got an email from a resident on Grey Avenue in Allendale on Sunday morning to report a dead hawk in the middle of her backyard. I retrieved the young, unbanded hawk and showed it to Stiles Thomas and Bergen County... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Celery Farm and Beyond
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For the legions of birders who thought that this would be the winter when the Fyke Nature Association finally wrested the highly vaunted Crowphy trophy from Bergen Audubon, I have some troubling news. This year, on the Christmas Bird Count,... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Celery Farm and Beyond
A big thank you to everyonw who braved the cold (and occasional ice) to hear my talk about my "Bird Watcher" column for the Bergen County Audubon Society.. Could not have asked for a better audience. If you would like... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Celery Farm and Beyond
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If you've parked in the Celery Farm parking lot recently, you probably noticed that it's nice and smooth, with no big bump as you go over the sidewalk. A big thanks to the Allendale D.P.W. for the new millings. Also... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Celery Farm and Beyond
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As far as I know, the John Fell Memorial Fantasy Football League just might be the most prestigious fantasy football league on the Eastern Seaboard. Or not. It is named for Founding Father John Fell, whose estate included the Fell... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Celery Farm and Beyond
They cookies went fast. When there was only one left, I referred to it as Charkes Lindbergh but no one got the joke. Just sad. Thanks for sharing your terrific pix.
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Better late than never, here are a selection of photos from Sunday's Eagle Fest. The Bergen County Historical Society and the Bergen County Audubon Society did a great job with terrific free event. Joe Koscielny took the great raptor shots.... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Celery Farm and Beyond
My next talk is all about my "Bird Watcher" column in The Record. I've been writing (and often photographing) the column since May 2009, and have seen some cool birds, met some great people, and visited some amazing places in... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Celery Farm and Beyond
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Until the recent thaw, I have been out on the ice on Lake Appert regularly, often on cross-country skis, looking for Meaty McMeat Goose (the abandoned Chinese Goose) and just checking on stuff. I fear Meaty is no more. I... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Celery Farm and Beyond
Earlier pix had teeth... Figuring it must be a mammal...
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On Monday asked if anyone could I.D. this skull, which was wrapped in leaves -- but I neglected to add a quarter for size comparison... I hope this helps. Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2018 at Celery Farm and Beyond
Don Torino wrote. a great column about Fish Crows for the Meadowblog (with a great pic from Chris Takacs). Link is here. Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2018 at Celery Farm and Beyond
The recent prolonged cover of snow on Lake Appert reminds me of three years ago, when a similar long snow cover resulted in a naturally occurring fish kill in late March, which attracted Bald Eagles, vultures and gulls galore. Will... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2018 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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The Record has a nice story on this Sunday's Eagle Fest. Here's a sample: “The eagles have made a dramatic comeback, not only around the country and in New Jersey, but our area as well, especially along the Hackensack River,”... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2018 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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My latest column is in honor of Squirrel Appreciation Day, which (as you know) falls on Jan. 21 every year. Thought you'd want to stock up on the confetti and champagne early. The column appears in the print editions of... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2018 at Celery Farm and Beyond
My next talk is all about my "Bird Watcher" column in The Record. I've been writing (and often photographing) the column since May 2009, and have seen some cool birds, met some great people, and visited some amazing places in... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2018 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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In case the above Bergen County Audubon Eagle Fest flier does not post correctly on some devices, I am posting a link is here. The event is 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. this Sunday at Historic New Bridge Landing in... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2018 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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One of the items on my to-do list this winter was to take battery-powered hedge clippers (thank you, Pete Burger) and cut down the rest of the phragmites impeding the view of Lake Appert from the Pirie Mayhood Tower. Here's... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2018 at Celery Farm and Beyond
On Wednesday, Jan. 17, I 'm giving an illustrated talk about my 'Bird Watcher' column for the wonderful folks at the Bergen County Audubon Society. At last count, I'm approaching 200 columns for The Record, on subjects ranging from Gyrfalcons... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2018 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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When it's this cold, you can walk on Lake Appert and see all sorts of cool stuff: Fox tracks, Celery Farm farm stuff, and more and more Cattails each year, at the expense, we think, of some of the overly... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2018 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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Found this skull wrapped in leaves by the Celery Farm last week. I wonder what kind of skull, and how it got wrapped in leaves. Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2018 at Celery Farm and Beyond
This report on the Snowy Owls in NJ and the recent winter storm, from Scott Weidensaul: ... When the storm was still well out to sea off the mid-Atlantic, the high winds and heavy snow that hit New Jersey (18... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2018 at Celery Farm and Beyond
I'm a big fan. You can watch here. -- just click above. (Did not see any action earlier but you never know.) You can read the Bald Eagle e-book I did for Duke Farms here. Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2018 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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On the last weekend of 2017, several Celery Farm volunteers replenished the stick pile near the Warden's Watch on Lake Appert. One of the simple pleasures of summer at the Celery Farm is watching -- or photographing --the herons, egrets,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2018 at Celery Farm and Beyond
On Wednesday, Jan. 17, I 'm giving an illustrated talk about my 'Bird Watcher' column for the wonderful folks at the Bergen County Audubon Society. At last count, I'm approaching 200 columns for The Record, on subjects ranging from Gyrfalcons... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2018 at Celery Farm and Beyond