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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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On Monday, I wrote: This Georgia O'Keeffe painting in the National Galley in Washington, D.C., is entitled "A Black Bird With Snow Covered Red Hills." What bird do you think it is? I figured it was a loon. So did... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Celery Farm and Beyond
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One of the landmarks near the summit at High Mountain is a graffiti-scarred rock outcropping (upcropping?) that I have called as "Marry Me" ever since I heard the tale of a young man who hiked up to the summit with... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Celery Farm and Beyond
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Big thank to Kathy Vorhis and the Allendale Garden Club for making the garden near the entranee to the Fell House grounds look so beautiful! Founding Father John Fell is buried in the same cemetery in Coldenham, N.Y., as the... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Celery Farm and Beyond
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I found the above quote in a foreword to a book I bought recently. The book is "The Wissahickon," published by the Garden Club of Philadelphia. It was written in 1922, and thanks to a mind-set that accompanied that quote,... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Celery Farm and Beyond
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This Georgia O'Keeffe painting in the National Galley in Washington, D.C., is entitled "A Black Bird With Snow Covered Red Hills." What bird do you think it is? Will post my guess later this week. Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Celery Farm and Beyond
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Traci Woods writes: I was at the Celery Farm on Friday around 2:30, and saw 3-4 blue-banded pigeons sitting in a tree across from the spillway. Are these lost pigeons or pigeons that were released? Was concerned whether or not... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Celery Farm and Beyond
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Did a quick hike to the summit of High Mountain and Franklin Clove on Thursday. Great views of Northern New Jersey with Manhattan in the distance, as always. The Buttermilk Falls I visited by the Clove was flowing nicely, although... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Celery Farm and Beyond
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Went to visit the terrific NJ Botanical Garden and nearby attractions with my friend Skeets this week. Bergen County Audubon's butterfly garden looked great, and quite a few butterflies (especially Eastern Tiger Swallowtails) were flitting around. To see what I... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Celery Farm and Beyond
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I am now in my 10th year of writing "The Bird Watcher" for The Record and Herald-News (Yikes!), and a few dozen of my more recent columns are available on line. To scan a selection, you can go here. Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Celery Farm and Beyond
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My birding column for The Record is a change of pace, since it involves something I found in my front yard, and why we birders (and human beings) tend to get things wrong, even when they are obvious. Here's the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2018 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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After a nature photography event at The Nature Conservancy's Kay Center headquarters in Chester, NJ, on Saturday, I wandered the many trails along the edge of fields and through woods. I was happily surprised to encounter an Eastern Box Turtle... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2018 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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Carol Flanagan, who quarterbacks the wonderful Celery Farm calendar every year, writes: Photos taken at the Celery Farm by Fyke members are being accepted now for the 2019 Celery Farm calendar. There is a limit of 10 photos per person.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2018 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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I photographed this American Toad near The Nature Conservancy's Kay Center headquarters in Chester, NJ, on Saturday. Although it is a full-size toad, it is also a quarter-size toad. How can this be? Answer follows. (Scroll down). I was amazed... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2018 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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On Saturday, the Celery Farm's Tom Mitchell and I helped lead a nature photography walk at The Nature Conservancy's Kay Center headquarters in Chester, NJ. Our group saw 12 species of butterflies during the 90-minute walk, and i saw several... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2018 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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The lighting wasn't the greatest, but can you I.D. these two caterpillars, photographed in the past few weeks near the Celery Farm? (Click image for full view.) Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2018 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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I was glad to see that Fred Weber spotted a Viceroy in the fields near Green Way in the Celery Farm earlier this week. I had not seen one in a couple of years and wondered what had become of... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2018 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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These guys are really small but at least they stay put long enough for a guy to take a photo or two. Efforts to place a quarter next to it to show scale were futile, but take my word for... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2018 at Celery Farm and Beyond
Thursday, Aug. 2, 11 a.m. Viceroy, Monarch, Spicebush Swallowtail and Peck's Skipper in the Green Way field. (Thanks, Fred!)
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Founding Father John Fell is best known for the historic house named for him in Allendale -- he owned what is now the Celery Farm as well. Fell was arrested at the house in April 1777 and taken to the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2018 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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On Monday I wrote: This is one of my favorite spots in New Jersey (besides the Celery Farm, High Mountain, the Meadowlands and Cape May). Where is it? (I took the photo two weeks ago.) No one answered correctly, but... Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2018 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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On a recent trip to Washington, D.C., my wife Patty and I got to look at John Fell's journal during his term as a Continental Congressman from New Jersey. Allendale Town Historian Joanne Hart had told us about viewing the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2018 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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On this blog and in a newspaper Op-ed piece, I have written quite a bit about the journal that John Fell kept in secret while imprisoned by the British during the Revolutionary War. As you may know, Fell owned a... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2018 at Celery Farm and Beyond
Tom Mitchell and I are among the photographers at The Nature Conservancy's Kay Center in Chester for a free event on Saturday, Aug. 4, from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Here's TNC's blurb on the event. (That's one of Tom's Kay... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2018 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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I've seen a couple of dead Star-nosed Moles along Parnell's Path the past few weeks. Here's how to draw one: Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2018 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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This is one of my favorite spots in New Jersey (besides the Celery Farm, High Mountain, the Meadowlands and Cape May). Where is it? (I took the photo two weeks ago.) Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2018 at Celery Farm and Beyond