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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
Tonight (Wednesday night) is the big Bald Eagle e-book launch event, featuring David Wheeler of Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey, me and special guest Kathy Clark of the state's Endangered and Nongame Speices Program. The event will celebrate the... Continue reading
Posted 9 hours ago at The Celery Farm & Beyond
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Carol Flanagan writes: The calendars are here! They will be available at the Fyke meeting on Friday 9-26-14 (and at other events and locations to be announced) for a donation of $15 to Fyke. If you plan on purchasing calendars... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at The Celery Farm & Beyond
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On Saturday night, my wife and I drove an injured Red-tailed hawk to The Raptor Trust, thanks to all the vigilant folks on Maltbie Avenue in Midland Park. Here is the first report we have received about the bird from... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at The Celery Farm & Beyond
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Don Torino's latest column for wildnewjersey.tv is on the last flowers of summer -- including that Celery Farm favorite, Jewelweed. Here's the beginning: It feels very different outside now, despite the recent hot weather one you can feel summer slowly... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at The Celery Farm & Beyond
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Like many members of Fyke, wife Patty and I are runners for The Raptor Trust. When TRT received a report of an injured Red-tail in Midland Park, they called to see if I could investigate and bring the bird in.... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at The Celery Farm & Beyond
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Peter Burger got this fleeting shot of a young Bald Eagle at the Celery Farm the other day -- no easy feat. More pix follow, including one an Osprey and Eagle in same frame that gives you a great size... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at The Celery Farm & Beyond
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My latest column in about Broad-winged Hawks, and geatures an interview with Secaucus-raised Keith Bildstein of the world-famous Hawk Mountain Sanctuary in Pennsylvania. Jerry Barrack supplied the photo -- of a Broad-winged Hawk nest in Mahwah from a decade ago.... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at The Celery Farm & Beyond
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"Bald Eagles of the Meadowlands & Beyond" is a free, 62-page online book about our national symbol's remarkable comeback in northern New Jersey and across America. The lavishly illustrated e-book, sponsored by the New Jersey Meadowlands Commission and Conserve Wildlife... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at The Celery Farm & Beyond
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Lee Shand got some amazing Osprey shots from the Warden's Watch on Sunday. I am posting two here. (The bird was still fishing here on Wednesday morning.) You can see the whole lot and more on Lee's blog: http://www.leeshandphotography.com/the-addiction-of-photography/ (Thanks,... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at The Celery Farm & Beyond
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Save the date: I am happy to announce that the the Coalition of Northwest Bergen Historical Organizations has asked me to talk at their annual luncheon on Wednesday, Oct. 29, about three of my favorite topics -- the Celery Farm,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2014 at The Celery Farm & Beyond
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Had a nice First Saturday Walk at the Celery Farm, even if the weather was a little muggy. Highlights included a young Cooper's Hawk being harassed by Chimney Swifts and nice looks at a Hairy Woodpecker. After the walk, Alice... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2014 at The Celery Farm & Beyond
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Walt Staab writes: A Red-eyed Vireo having breakfast above the Wardens Watch, 9/5/14. Thanks, Walt! Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2014 at The Celery Farm & Beyond
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Marsh Warden Mike Limatola and I are doing our first-Saturday-of-the-month walks again this fall -- this Saturday and Oct. 4 at 8 a.m. Saturday's walk will be followed by an optional half-hour tour of the historic Fell House nearby. (Let... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2014 at The Celery Farm & Beyond
Don Torino's latest column for wildnewjersey.tv is on the joys and difficulties of trying to identify birds. Here's a sample: "How wonderful birding is at keeping us all humble. Despite countless books, apps, websites, and years of experience, Mother Nature... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2014 at The Celery Farm & Beyond
Following up on my recent column on bird-safe windows, along comes a fascinating story in a British paper about how the Minnesota Vikings went out of their way to make their new stadium dangerous for birds -- despite National Audubon's... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2014 at The Celery Farm & Beyond
This from the Allendale Facebook page (their all-capital letters, not mine): "THE COUNTY OF BERGEN IS SCHEDULED TO CLOSE FRANKLIN TURNPIKE TO ALL TRAFFIC FROM ALLENDALE AVENUE TO COTTAGE PLACE STARTING ON OR ABOUT WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 3RD TO REPLACE A... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2014 at The Celery Farm & Beyond
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Environmental Writer Jim O'Neill had a must-read article in The Record yesterday, about the demise a century ago today of the Passenger Pigeon, once the most numerous bird on Earth. The old lithograph from Frank Leslie's Weekly above, courtesy of... Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2014 at The Celery Farm & Beyond
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I will post information on how to download a free copy to your laptop, Kindle, iPad or other tablet later this week. Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2014 at The Celery Farm & Beyond
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Susan McTigues writes: "I took this photo at Schauble Field in Closter this afternoon. ... "I like the geometric and musical feel of this composition. I admit that I never stop having fun with my camera and with birds!" Can... Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2014 at The Celery Farm & Beyond
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Is there a word for what a happened to several birders at the Warden's Watch on Friday evening? Three birders were on the platform, and two birders were below, in front of the platform. One birder thought he saw a... Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2014 at The Celery Farm & Beyond
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Going to miss walking in the shade of the Celery Farm on a summer's day. Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2014 at The Celery Farm & Beyond
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Been seeing as many as seven turkeys wandering around the Fell House property, my property and the Celery Farm this week, so be careful if you are driving on Franklin Turnpike. Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2014 at The Celery Farm & Beyond
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Going to miss walking in the shade of the Celery Farm on a summer's day. Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2014 at The Celery Farm & Beyond
Don Torino's latest column for wildnewjersey.tv is all about that bane of the Celery Farm, Japanese Knotweed. Link is here. Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2014 at The Celery Farm & Beyond
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My new Bird Watcher column in The Record and Herald-News is about the ways you can make your windows safer for birds. The column features an interview with Professor Daniel Klem (below, next to a bird-safe window) of Muhlenberg College.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2014 at The Celery Farm & Beyond