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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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Gotta love Fish Crows, because North Jersey sure has a ton of them these days. Bob Leafe, a friend of this blog who provied the photo for my recent column on Fish Crows, writes: Last Friday afternoon, I started hearing... Continue reading
Posted 4 hours ago at Celery Farm and Beyond
The Northwest Bergen History Coalition's Fall Luncheon wants you! The Northwest Bergen History Coalition invites you to join them at their annual Fall History Luncheon at Ramsey Country Club, Nov. 1 at 11:30 a.m. Elaine Weiss, author of "The Women’s... Continue reading
Posted 11 hours ago at Celery Farm and Beyond
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Last week's Monday Morning (Mammal) Mystery was no mystery to folks who have seen skunks dig up their yards in search of grubs. Congrats to all who answered correctly! Attempts to photograph the skunk with a motion-sensitive camera yielded images... Continue reading
Posted 12 hours ago at Celery Farm and Beyond
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Visited Duke Farms on an overcast afternoon yesterday. It was terrific nonetheless. If you haven't been, you must visit. Just an hour away from North Jersey. More info here. Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Celery Farm and Beyond
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The Record (northjersey.com) just posted many of my North Jersey raptor shots as a gallery. Check 'em out .... The link is here. (Thanks to Jim O'Neill for his help in putting this together.) Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Celery Farm and Beyond
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I've had a Red-breasted Nuthatch at my feeder this morning, visible from the trail as you walk in from Franklin Turnpike. He darts to feeder, grabs a seed and splits. It's been a great autumn to see these guys. The... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Celery Farm and Beyond
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As I got out of my car at Allendale Town Center parking lot over the weekend, a Red-tail flew past my shoulder and swooped down along the sidewalk in front of the stores, grabbed a small rodent, and then flew... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Celery Farm and Beyond
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Stiles Thomas asks, "Can you I.D. this raptor?" You know Stiles. He's always putting raptors on a pedestal... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Celery Farm and Beyond
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During the Big Sit today, had a distant Peregrine Falcon just after the 10 a.m.-noon shift ended. Photo is for I.D. purposes since no other birders were present. Our shift had 33 species total. The Pied-billed Grebe I saw yesterday... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Celery Farm and Beyond
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On a trip to several of my favorite birding places in the Meadowlands, I had to stop by the railroad bridge in Ridgefield to see how my buddies were doing. I saw the one above, which almost seems camouflaged, before... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Celery Farm and Beyond
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The new wood chips on the Celery Farm trail from the Franklin Turnpike entrance to the Spillway are courtesy of Terrie O'Connor Realtors in Allendale. (Photo by Mike Limatola.) (Thanks, Guys!) Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Celery Farm and Beyond
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Environmental writer Scott Fallon of The Record (northjersey.com) has written an in-depth look at the damage that plastics are doing to our health and environment here in New Jersey and elsewhere. The link to Part One is here. The plastics... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Celery Farm and Beyond
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As you may know, we've had an over-abundance of vegetation in and on Lake Appert these past few months. Deputy Marsh Warden Gaby Schmitt decided to find out whether the plants were natives or invasives. She writes: I stopped by... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Celery Farm and Beyond
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Barbara Dilger took these today and was nice enough to share. (Thanks, Barbara!) Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2018 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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A friend who lives in Allendale near the Ramsey border, discovered a bear had been at his feeders on Sunday night. The baffle did not seem to slow the bear up much. This is the first report I've heard since... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2018 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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A critter has been digging up Stiles Thomas' Allendale yard at night. Who's the culprit? We set up a motion-sensitive camera yesterday to find out but ... In the meantime, what animal do you think is doing the damage? Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2018 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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If you're at State Line Lookout and going a little stir crazy during lulls, try a rigorous hike to the north, to Peanut Leap Cascade. (Kudos to whoever dreamed that one up. The hike is a little under three miles... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2018 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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In advance of this weekend's "Hawks over the Hudson" event at State Line Lookout, I wrote my latest column for The Record on a birder from Atlanta who migrates north each September to the hawk to see raptors heading south.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2018 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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Wild Turduckens are usually a closely knit bunch, but I happened to see this crocheted one at the Warden's Watch this week. As Wild Turducken aficionados know, the first recent sighting of Wild Turduckens in the USA was at the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2018 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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Just loved the way the rain clung to the field plants in the morning light. Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2018 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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Now that Allendale's Crestwood Lake has been drained for the winter, I've started birding there a couple of times a week. In the past week I have seen 10 Killdeer, several (likely Least) Sandpipers, a Green Heron, two Great Egrets... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2018 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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A big thank you to all who helped remove some of that nasty vegetation that has been growing under the duckweed in Lake Appert. Volunteers Brian Kenney, Tom Nicastri and Bruce Davis (pictured above) were part of the team that... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2018 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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Ginny Chukka writes: Ed and I where fishing at Clinton Reservoir last week when we saw wings going up and down in a swampy area. We floated the boat close to see it was a very wet OWL ... Ed... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2018 at Celery Farm and Beyond
Tom Nicastri did a cool new video about Hawk-watching, featuring a lot of familiar faces -- including that Red-shouldered Hawk above. He writes: It is my hope this will be passed around electronically and the fun aspect will bring more... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2018 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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I noticed a while back that it was easier to search the contents of this blog by doing the search on Google. Now I've installed a better search engine -- Google -- on the blog itself, in the upper right-hand... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2018 at Celery Farm and Beyond