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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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This time of year, the Fell House has a show-stopper of a tree -- a pair of Kentucky Yellowwoods, a.k.a. American Yellowwoods, in full bloom. Close-up, above. More on the trees here. Continue reading
Posted 2 hours ago at Celery Farm and Beyond
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Allendale's Marsh Warden Emeritus Stiles Thomas (center) once again participated in the the town's annual Memorial Day service. We salute the local veterans who led us in honoring those who died for their country. Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Celery Farm and Beyond
This Memorial Day Weekend is not only the seventh anniversary of the crazy escaped Green-cheeked Conure's arrival at the Celery Farm but it's also the 10th anniversary of my favorite accidental YouTube featuring the Celery Farm, a Wood Duck and... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Celery Farm and Beyond
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For the third year in a row at least, this bird has been nesting in an undisclosed location near the Celery Farm. What is it? (We know the answer if you don't.) Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Celery Farm and Beyond
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Took this shot in the side yard this morning. The Momma Snapping Turtles are once again depositing dozens and dozens of eggs. I would have put a quarter next to the turtle to give you a sense of scale, but... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Celery Farm and Beyond
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The view from the Pirie Mayhood Tower on Friday. Wild Turkeys in an adjacent parking lot. What are these plants by the Pirie-Mayhood Tower? Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Celery Farm and Beyond
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On Monday, I wrote: Ken Wiegand photographed this unusual bird nest in the Adirondacks. Can anyone tell him what species it belong to? It includes pine needle nesting materials and birch bark on the exterior. (We know the answer if... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Celery Farm and Beyond
The Record's Scott Fallon has an article about legislation that would require the developers of the American Dream shopping mall in the Meadowlands to use bird-friendly glass for the structure. Reflective glass is responsible for an estimated hundreds of millions... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Celery Farm and Beyond
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Ken Wiegand photographed this unusual bird nest in the Adirondacks. Can anyone tell him what species it belong to? It includes pine needle nesting materials and birch bark on the exterior. (We know the answer if you don't.) Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2017 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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Tom Mitchell reports: Field notes on Friday included a report of 11 wood ducklings seen near the Warden's Watch, so I looked closely at a group we saw at the boy scout platform. I think there's 14 or even 15.... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2017 at Celery Farm and Beyond
On Monday, Deb Endresen wrote: What made these holes? A woodpecker? They were on a dead tree in upstate PA. The answer is either Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, suggested by Joanne Appert, or Eastern Red-headed Cribbager, suggested by Rob Harold. You decide.... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2017 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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Don't' miss the nifty article in The Record about nature artist James Fiorentino, whose traveling watercolor exhibit highlighting New Jersey's endangered birds, frogs, turtles and more is at the Hiram Blauvelt Museum in Oradell now through the end of July.... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2017 at Celery Farm and Beyond
For some terrific recent shots of the Celery Farm, check out Tom Mitchell's blog here (great poem, too!) Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2017 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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My latest column for The Record is about birding Olana, the amazing estate of Hudson River School artist Frederic Edwin Church. The site, near Hudson, N.Y., is historic and spectacular, and the birding is excellent. I birded Olana with William... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2017 at Celery Farm and Beyond
This weekend's webinar, "Identifying Warblers by Smell," has been cancelled by popular demand. Please see March Warden Emeritus Stiles Thomas for a full refund. Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2017 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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One of coolest things the Fell House group does every spring is invite Hillside School third-graders and their teachers to watch a reenactment of John Fell's arrest by British Loyalists back in 1777. (Boo!) The students were also treated to... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2017 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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Barbara Dilger got these shots at the Celery Farm -- an Indigo Bunting by the Pirie-Mayhood Tower and a Wilson's Warbler just after the Butterfly Garden. Nice going, and thanks, Barbara! Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2017 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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If you haven't been to the Kay Center and environs in Chester, now is a great time. Upcoming butterfly season is excellent, too. I went on a guided walk there last Thursday led by The Nature Conservancy's state director, Barbara... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2017 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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Yesterday I was lucky to join Bergen County Audubon's Mother's Day Nature Walk in Ridgefield, now in its ninth year. Led by Don Torino and hometown anchors Bruce and Karen Riede, the walk was once again a treat. Although tree-removal... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2017 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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Deb Endresen writes: Here's another puzzler. What made these holes? A woodpecker? They were on a dead tree in upstate PA. Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2017 at Celery Farm and Beyond
Thank you! Will check it out...
Excellent question!
Toggle Commented May 12, 2017 on Two Quick Mysteries at Celery Farm and Beyond
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Here are a couple of mysteries for you: Barbara Dilger photographed this mammal bone (above) near the Warden's Watch at the Celery Farm. (Barbara placed the quarter there to give you an idea of scale. Does that makes it a... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2017 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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The children's book "Duck Enough to Fly" I did with Jerry Barrack and Doug Goodell began with a journal entry I wrote just after Jerry Barrack and I witnessed (and Jerry photographed) the Wood Ducklings making their first big splash... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2017 at Celery Farm and Beyond