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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
I have not seen any turduckens... maybe during the fall migration.
Toggle Commented 3 days ago on Back from the Galapagos at Celery Farm and Beyond
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My latest column for The Record is about Ruby-throated Hummingbirds, and their incredible migration. (And the males' amazing ruby throats.) The column appears in the Better Living section of the Thursday, August 25, editions.The link is here. Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Celery Farm and Beyond
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Just finished an amazing eight-day, seven-night trip in the Galapagos aboard the Samba -- a natural-history vacation of a lifetime. Will post some pix from time to time. Not sure who these feet belong to... Probably a resident of one... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Celery Farm and Beyond
Tom Mitchell, a friend of this blog, provided some great butterfly pix for The Nature Conservancy's New Jersey blog. The link is here. Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2016 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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My latest column for The Record is all about the Laurelwood Arboretum in the Pines Lake section of Wayne. I discovered it when I did a talk there for Earth Day last spring. A great place to chill and enjoy... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2016 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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Mike Flom passed along this recent photo of a Black-crowned Night Heron and a Green Heron. (Thanks, Mike!) Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2016 at Celery Farm and Beyond
Mile-a-Minute Weed is a nasty invasive that has made its way into the Celery Farm. The Record's Jim O'Neill reports that there's reason for hope in the fight against this noxious weed. The link is here. (Photo by Mark Mayer,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2016 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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Seymour Drakes and I are taking a break. Please stay tuned. We shall return toward the end of the month.. Answer to the recent Monday Morning Mystery will be posted next week, theoretically. More on pishing here. Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2016 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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Alice Leurck writes: Neat bug by the Warden's Watch. I have no idea what it is. Can you help? Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2016 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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This dude has been hanging out by the Warden's Watch. Alice Leurck was on the case. Thanks, Alice! Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2016 at Celery Farm and Beyond
Great quote!
Toggle Commented Aug 5, 2016 on High Mountain Hazards at Celery Farm and Beyond
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The Record has a troubling story about someone placing nasty booby traps on the trails at High Mountain Park Preserve -- including barbed wire, broken bottles and nails driven through boards. A big thanks to the Wayne police for bringing... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2016 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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Green frogs and I seldom see eye-to-eye. (Taken last week at High Mountain.) Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2016 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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When I did a couple of loops around the Celery Farm yesterday, I came across three "trophy" butterflies -- a Spicebush Swallowtail on Parnell's Path, a Monarch in the Butterfly Garden and a Great-spangled Fritillary that had just flown from... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2016 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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On Monday, I asked you to solve the mysteries lurking in the photos above. The answers are two frogs and flicker. The second frog is under the word "here>", which is why I missed it! Congrats to all the frog-eyed... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2016 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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Was lucky to get this life bird this past weekend in the Meadowlands. The Ruff had been seen at DeKorte and nearby Harrier Meadow for over a week, including yesterday morning. A big thanks to al the birders who have... Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2016 at Celery Farm and Beyond
The Nature Conservancy's Theo Diehl wrote a cool post with pix for TNC's New Jersey blog about five cool birds you might be seen at TNC's South Cape May Meadows Preserve in Cape May. Theo is a stewardship assistant at... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2016 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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The seventh annual Butterfly Day at DeKorte on Saturday was a lot of fun -- had quite a few species of butterflies while I was there, including the always-great-to-see Monarchs and this beautiful Zabulon Skipper, below. Lots of families at... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2016 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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Get ready for a Celery Farm Daily Double. What are you looking at in the photo above and the photo below. Answer is different for each. Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2016 at Celery Farm and Beyond
Moth Night is canceled tonight due to the uncertainty of the forecast, coupled with the wet ground and other factors. It cannot be rescheduled due to other commitments. I do have a pint of fermented moth bait if anybody is... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2016 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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I got a text from Donna at the Franklin Lakes Animal Hospital yesterday, asking if I could transport a young American Kestrel to The Raptor Trust. Apparently some well-meaning soul had found the young falcon and called animal rescue in... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2016 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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STAY TUNED: A Decision about tonight's Moth Night at the Fell House will be made at noon today (Sunday). If forecasts for thunderstorms this evening continue, the event will be canceled. Thursday's fifth annual Moth Night at DeKorte Park in... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2016 at Celery Farm and Beyond
Check this blog for possible weather cancellation. Lightning or thunder cancel. Fyke Nature Association and the fine folks at the Fell House are among the thousands of individuals and scores of organizations around the world participating in the second annual... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2016 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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A big tip o' the hat to Gaby Schmitt for all the continuing work she has done to clear the excess vegetation in front of the Pirie-Mayhood Tower so some pretty cool plants -- Butttonbush and Swamp Milkweed, for example... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2016 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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Sandee Faust of Fair Lawn writes: I walked out of the house and saw a butterfly. It was only moving a little bit. As I got closer, I saw the Praying Mantis. I ran into the house for the camera.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2016 at Celery Farm and Beyond