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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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In honor of National Moth Week, can you ID this moth? It was photographed in Pennsylvania by Nick Taryla, a friend of Sandee Faust. Fifth annual Meadowlands Moth Night is tonight at DeKorte Park. More info is here. For more... Continue reading
Posted 1 hour ago at Celery Farm and Beyond
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Got out the moth lights the other night to remind myself of all the cool little nighttime critters we share this planet with. Here's some of what the lights attracted. National Moth Week starts tonight, so maybe I'll have to... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Celery Farm and Beyond
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Sorry I have to miss the annual Butterfly Day at DeKorte Park this year for the first time -- Don Torino of Bergen County Audubon Society and I created the event seven years ago, and it has been growing every... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Celery Farm and Beyond
For folks who love local history in general and High Mountain in particular, the sudden passing of Franklin Lakes and Wyckoff historian Jim Longo last month came as a shock and great loss. Jim used to lead an annual walk... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Celery Farm and Beyond
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Went on a Moon Walk with Bergen SWAN the other night at Lake Tappan (special permit required), and caught the last vestiges of a setting sun before we walked along the edge of the reservoir. Birding wasn't great (it was... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Celery Farm and Beyond
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Sandee Faust, a friend of this blog, passed along some photos of classic Celery Farm summer sights -- a Green Frog (I think), a Spicebush Swallowtail (taken on Saturday's Butterfly Walk), and a Milkweed Bug (above). As with the Monarchs... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Celery Farm and Beyond
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On Monday, I asked why the above bluebird nesting box was unusual. Tough question, and as with almost any question involving bluebirds around here, the answer also involves Celery Farm Marsh Warden Emeritus Stiles Thomas. The bluebird box was built... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Celery Farm and Beyond
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Mill Creek Marsh in Secaucus is one of my favorite places to visit, the weather yesterday was not as oppressively muggy as it has been, and Bergen County Audubon was sponsoring a walk there. Who could pass that up? It... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Celery Farm and Beyond
The latest post on The Nature Conservancy's New Jersey is about a recent aerial photography trip that TNC's Patty Doerr and i took with LightHawk. I think Patty captures the experience really well, but then I am biased. (She took... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Celery Farm and Beyond
Just trying to stay current ... Are Pogs next?
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This is a very rare Eastern Bluebird Nesting Box. Can anyone guess why? Answer on Wednesday. Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Celery Farm and Beyond
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If you've been seeing more young folks in the Celery Farm recently, it's because there are several Pokemon GO "Poke Stops" there, as noted in this shot of the Pokemon GO app on my iPhone in he Celery Farm. I... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2016 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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Had a nice group of butterfly hounds for the annual Tom Burr Memorial Butterfly Walk this morning -- and a few butterflies and a Hummingbird Clear-winged Moth as well in what has not been a good year so far for... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2016 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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Stopped by the Celery Farm after lunch today and looked for butterflies. Happy to report that they have begun to arrive. Sightings included a hyperactive Monarch (left) on Common Milkweed (its host plant), a Red Admiral, a Pearl Crescent or... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2016 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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Fyke Nature Association's annual free Tom Burr Memorial Butterfly Walk is Saturday, July 16, from 10:30 to noon. We meet at Green Way. The walk is named for the late Tom Burr. You can read more about him here. I... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2016 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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Mimi Sabatino, a friend of this blog, passed along this photo and wondered what kind of moth it is. I think I have photographed one at High Mountain, camouflaged on a tree, and I have a general idea of what... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2016 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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Last month, Went on a walking tour of the Pequannock Watershed (access is by permit only) and wrote about it for The Record. What warblers and other breeding birds! The link is here. The photo above is a Chestnut-sided Warbler,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2016 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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Fyke Nature Association's annual free Tom Burr Memorial Butterfly Walk is Saturday, July 16, from 10:30 to noon. We meet at Green Way. The walk is named for the late Tom Burr. You can read more about him here. We'll... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2016 at Celery Farm and Beyond
Thanks.
Toggle Commented Jul 13, 2016 on Obligatory Great Blue Shot at Celery Farm and Beyond
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. .. is now cleared of vegetation and open again for sitting. Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2016 at Celery Farm and Beyond
TNC's website is offering a virtual road trip featuring 31 of its best nature preserves — from South Cape May Meadows to the Rocky Mountains. The link is here. Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2016 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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This dude practically demanded I take his picture. Who was I to refuse? Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2016 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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Last week I wrote: I've seen these guys in the past week or so near the summit of High Mountain and in the Pequannock Watershed (Though not at the Celery Farm). What is it? The answer: Red-spotted Purple. Congrats to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2016 at Celery Farm and Beyond
I came across an article about a guy who discovered that Red-shoudered Hawks and Barred Owls were nesting in the same tree. You can read what happened here: Download P0105-p0106 Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2016 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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These tall slender plants with yellow flowers are popping up all over the Celery Farm, on the summit of High Mountain and elsewhere. What are they, and why are they a pain to photograph? Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2016 at Celery Farm and Beyond