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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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Joe Koscielny, who discovered a Wild Turducken at the Celery Farm on April last year, was back earlier this week. Here are some of the pix he got! (Thanks, Joe!) Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Celery Farm and Beyond
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Not sure if these are a tradition quite yet, but... April 30, 2017 (Sunday) — High Mountain Hike 9 a.m. Clove Walk, 11 a.m. Summit Hike Join Fyke Nature Association on Sunday morning, April 30, for one or two free... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Celery Farm and Beyond
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A big thank you to all the folks who participated in John Fell Day, and to all the wonderful volunteers who made everything go so smoothly on this sunny April Sunday. Heard's Brigade reenacted the arrest of John Fell at... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Celery Farm and Beyond
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This mystery is courtesy of eight-year-old Elizabeth, who walked round the Celery Farm with her grandparents and me last week. Why is a Trout Lily called a Trout Lily? (Insert fish joke here.) Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Celery Farm and Beyond
Note: Reenactments are 12:30 and 2:30 p.m., not 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Celery Farm and Beyond
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Environmental writer Jim O'Neill has a cool story on the front page of The Record today about Bobcat Alley -- a wildlife corridor that The Nature Conservancy and other groups are trying to create in the northwestern part of New... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Celery Farm and Beyond
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Had a terrific Earth Day Warbler Walk this morning, with more than 40 bird species and our local Mink among the highlights. A big thank you to Gabrielle Schmitt for compiling the bird list that follows. The Celery Farm, Bergen,... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Celery Farm and Beyond
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On Monday, I asked where this Celery Farm cairn is located. The answer: Near Barbara's Bog to the northeast of the main trail. Now you know! Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Celery Farm and Beyond
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My "Bird Warter" column in The Record today is all about the nature hikes in the region this weekend, and features photos by Dennis Cheeseman (above) and Marie Longo (below, at Teaneck Creek), plus one or two by me. The... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Celery Farm and Beyond
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Barbara Dilger and I both happened upon a mink at the Spillway (by the Warden's Watch, near the parking lot) this morning around 8:40, and it did not seemed very concerned about us. At one point it started heading in... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2017 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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Every year since 2002 or possibly earlier, endangered Red-shouldered Hawks have nested in Allendale or nearby Ramsey. They failed several times before nesting successfully in 2004, and have nested at nine locations total. This could well be the first spring... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2017 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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Thanks to Kevin Watson and Fred Weber, saw this Pine Warbler and his mate by the Spillway, plus plenty of Palms and Yellow-rumps. (Thanks, Kevin and Fred!) Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2017 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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This week I am giving three free talks about the historic John Fell House and neighboring Celery Farm Natural Area -- topped off by the free John Fell Day at the Fell House on Sunday, April 23 -- including two... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2017 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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Here's another Celery Farm cairn. Where is it? (Good luck!) Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2017 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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A big shout-out to Marsh Warden Mike Limatola for clearing out the weedy patch next to the Butterfly Garden. Major improvement. (Thanks, Warden Mike!) Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2017 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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Rob Fanning writes: I see that the CF does not need me to continue producing amazing and early birds. Excited to see that another Yellow-throated Warbler has put on a show for many. As with the bird three years ago,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2017 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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Not sure if these are a tradition quite yet, but... April 30, 2017 (Sunday) — High Mountain Hike 9 a.m. Clove Walk, 11 a.m. Summit Hike Join Fyke Nature Association on Sunday morning, April 30, for one or two free... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2017 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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Don Torino wrote a beautiful column about Alice the Eagle, of the famed Ridgefield Park nest. Excellent. The link is here. Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2017 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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Tom Mitchell took this shot of the ringed neck on a Ringed-neck Duck in Florida in February -- I thought it was worth sharing here. (Thanks, Tom!) Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2017 at Celery Farm and Beyond
Michael Karas/Northjersey.com The Record's Christopher Maag has a nice front-page story today about the Meadowlands and my photographer friend Ron Shields, who provided so many photos for my book, "The Nature of the Meadowlands. That's Ron in his trusty kayak... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2017 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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Seen around 9 a.m. on near Warden's Watch by Julie McCall and Denise Farrell, and refound minutes later between Pena Bench and Pirie-Mayhood Tower. (Thanks, Julie and Denise -- and Fred Weber for finding the bird yesterday...) Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2017 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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Next week is my unofficial Fell House Week, featuring three free talks about the historic John Fell House and neighboring Celery Farm Natural Area and topped off by the free John Fell Day at the Fell House on Sunday, April... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2017 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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Thanks to Fred Weber and Stiles Thomas, I found the Yellow-throated Warbler just before 7 p.m. Terrible light, but I'll take it. (Thanks, Fred!) Took a couple of shots suitable for ID purposes by the Pena Bench. (One shot looks... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2017 at Celery Farm and Beyond
Fred Weber reported seeing one around lunchtime today between the Spillway and Warden's Watch. It was gone by the time I got there five minutes later. This would be the second sighting ever at the CF If anyone got a... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2017 at Celery Farm and Beyond
Thanks, Joe! Most helpful advice from the man who first sighted one locally.