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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.
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From time to time, in my birding column for The Record, I write about the deadly problems that windows create for birds. One of the worst sinking feelings is hearing that dull thud on your window and knowing that a... Continue reading
Posted 16 hours ago at Celery Farm and Beyond
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This art museum, overlooking Kinderkamack Road in Oradell, in a local treasure. It specializes in incredible wildlife art, it's a beautiful, spacious museum, and it's free. Right now the permanent collection is on display, plus a few more by artist-in-residence... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Celery Farm and Beyond
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On Monday I asked: Anybody see a critter? Taken earlier this month at the CF. The answer: Snapping Turtle in water right of center. Congrats to Ginny Chucka and Judy Collier for answering correctly. Enlarged shot of turtle below. It... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Celery Farm and Beyond
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On Saturday night, someone bent the steel pipe that holds Stiles and Sis Thomas' bird feeders (above). (They live not far from the Celery Farm.) They suspect a black bear. Apparently the baffle on the pole was not sufficient. Stiles... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Celery Farm and Beyond
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Today at 7 a.m., 33 degrees, after a light dusting. Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Celery Farm and Beyond
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Anybody see a critter? Taken earlier this month at the CF. Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Celery Farm and Beyond
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Came across this great ad from 1926. For a bank, no less. Best line: "If you are asked to help finance any project, find out first if it is a scheme to thwart or improve nature." Can you imagine a... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Celery Farm and Beyond
:-) My first reaction when I saw them last Sunday was they had been used to grow marijuana. They are the kind of pots you see in nurseries, with holes to drain... Just never know, and until we do, it's a cool story and part of High Mountain... (But you may be right.)
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For my most recent Monday Morning Mystery, I talked of hiking along High Mountain's Yellow Trail and discovering a dozen of these huge empty plastic containers hanging around and lying around. I asked: Anybody know what they are doing up... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Celery Farm and Beyond
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Nothing says "Open House" like a closed door! Info is here. Too tired to type any more. Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Celery Farm and Beyond
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If you want to see a Red-breasted Nuthatch, I've had one at the Nyjer feeder for quite a while this morning. Can be seen from the path to the Warden's Watch. First house on your right. Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2016 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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Same day, just 20 minutes apart, looking north and then looking south. ... For those who need their Celery Farm "fix." Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2016 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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After a walk around the Celery Farm, I noticed something white on the stick pile by the Warden's Watch. As I rounded the corner at the Spillway, I saw motion -- a huge white tail -- and knew what I... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2016 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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My latest column for The Record is about my trip to Cuba last month as part of a bird survey with the Caribbean Conservation Trust. I did the basic eight-night trip, and saw more than 120 species, including such Cuban... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2016 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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Bob Leafe writes: Another juvenile red-tailed hawk has discovered my building. This one is overlooking Union St in Hackensack from my roof (and was first visible from my kitchen). On Saturday,I had to sneak out onto the roof and hide... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2016 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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This Sunday, Dec. 4, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., the historic John Fell House is hosting a free holiday open house featuring cider and treats for all, crafts for the kids and a surprise appearance by local legend Stiles... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2016 at Celery Farm and Beyond
Yes, weird how they are mottled -- not sure if it's supposed to be camo or not...
Had not thought of that... :- ) These are really big containers, suitable for a Ficus tree...
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Yesterday, on a hike along High Mountain's Yellow Trail, my wife Patty and I reached the top of a large incline and discovered a dozen of these huge empty plastic containers hanging around and lying around. Anybody know what they... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2016 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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Everyone knows Stiles Thomas as ace birder, hawk-watch founder and Celery Farm Marsh Warden Emeritus, but how many know he also had his own insurance agency (In the Flat-Iron Building in center city Allendale), which featured one of the most... Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2016 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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Thought I'd do a different hike at High Mountain this morning -- going from Scioto Drive through Franklin Clove and along the Yellow Trail all the way to the JVC headquarters -- about a half-hour each way. Highlights included a quiet Red Fox (seen only), a loud Common Raven(seen and heard), and my High Mountain nemesis bird, the Pileated Woodpecker (heard only). I am doing some research on High Mountain hydrology, and always thrilled to come across a little mountain stream, as well one of the Buttermilk Falls with water flowing. Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2016 at The High Mountain Blog
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Just in time for Thanksgiving, The Nature Conservancy's New Jersey blog has posted my story about the Wild Turduckens of High Mountain, complete with Miwa Ishikawa's wonderful illustrations (above) -- and the only known recipe for this extraordinary game bird. The link is here. (A version of the story originally appeared in the current issue of Autumn Years magazine.) (Thanks, TNC!) Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2016 at The High Mountain Blog
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Thought I'd do a different hike at High Mountain this morning -- going from Scioto Drive through Franklin Clove and along the Yellow Trail all the way to the JVC headquarters -- about a half-hour each way. Highlights included a... Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2016 at Celery Farm and Beyond
Don Torino wrote a column last year about the reasons to be thankful on Thanksgiving. Here's the beginning: "My love of Thanksgiving has much less to do with Pilgrims and much more to do with giving thanks to the many... Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2016 at Celery Farm and Beyond