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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
Who says there's no good news? The Record just posted an article by John Brennan, who reports that New York State has decided against building a casino in Sterling Forest (an environmental distaster in the making) or near Woodbury-Commons (which... Continue reading
Posted 1 hour ago at The Celery Farm & Beyond
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Can you ID these two birds? Susan McTigue took this photo recently at her feeder. (Thanks, Susan!) Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at The Celery Farm & Beyond
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Pretty effective camouflage... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2014 at The Celery Farm & Beyond
The Hour on the Tower folks had a Light-morph Rough-legged Hawk during their count yesterday -- apparently the first sighting at the Cf in three decades. Great going!! Folks on the Meadowlands First-Sunday walk near DeKorte Park had great looks... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2014 at The Celery Farm & Beyond
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Matt Klemchalk has a motion-activated camera in his Allendale backyard. In addition to getting lots of photos of deer (no surprise there) and hawks by his feeder, he captured this sequence of his cat Silver discovering that it had company... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2014 at The Celery Farm & Beyond
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My latest column for The Record and Herald News features the winners of last month's Birdy 30 contest. Rocco De La Roche (above) won top honors with 21 species seen in 30 minutes, and Stephanie Seymour (below) won the drawing... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2014 at The Celery Farm & Beyond
Photo by Jill Homcy Don Torino, a friend of this blog, has posted his latest column for wildnewjersey.tv -- about the continuing threat to the Bald Eagle nest in Ridgefield Park. Here's a sample: Cheers and sighs of relief could... Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2014 at The Celery Farm & Beyond
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Access to the Warden's Watch and Celery Farms trails will be limited this morning (Saturday) because of the replacement of the old Spillway Bridge -- part of an Eagle Scout project by Antonio Navazio of Troop 59. (Thanks, Antonio and... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2014 at The Celery Farm & Beyond
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Lori Charkey, a friend at Bergen SWAN writes: Mmark your calendars for Sunday, December 7, for a very special intimate evening of recollecting and paying tribute as we host our third Hackensack River StoryNight, this one in honor of my... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2014 at The Celery Farm & Beyond
Photo by George McNish/Special to The Record The Record has a very informative article today about the Franklin Turnpike by an old friend and colleague, Jeffrey Page. As I feared, it was not named after Ben or -- as Jeff... Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2014 at The Celery Farm & Beyond
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As my wife Patty and I were driving up Franklin Turnpike yesterday morning, we noticed several stopped vehicles ahead. We saw the reason soon enough: Three Alpha Male turkeys were harassing vehicles. I got out of the car, shooed them... Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2014 at The Celery Farm & Beyond
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This Cooper's Hawk was hanging out in the trees between the Dead Zone and Barking Dog Corner on Saturday morning. Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2014 at The Celery Farm & Beyond
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My latest column for The Record and Herald News is about the increase in Wild Turkeys in our region -- and why you'll be seeing them in flocks during the winter months. The column features an interview with Tony McBride... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2014 at The Celery Farm & Beyond
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Saw this accipiter in the Celery Farm in dim light yesterday. Notched tail sort of said "Sharp-shinned Hawk" at the time but its size and shape say "Cooper's Hawk." So I am going with "Coop." What do you say? Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2014 at The Celery Farm & Beyond
Marsh Warden Emeritus Stiles Thomas is going to State Line Lookout today in hopes of catching part of the Red-shouldered Hawk Migration. This fall has been a good one for this once-thriving hawk. The Quaker Ridge Hawk Watch in Greenwich,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2014 at The Celery Farm & Beyond
Gabriel Willow of NYC Audubon posted a writeup of Sunday's Wave Hill bird walks on the Wave Hill blog, and was nice enough to use a few of my photos from the morning walk. Wave Hill is having a Birding... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2014 at The Celery Farm & Beyond
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Patty and I did a loop around the Celery Farm and had one amazing bird after another. The Cedar Waxwing was one of many just north of the Pirie/Mayhood Platform. Highlight was that American Bittern. Full list follows. (Had all... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2014 at The Celery Farm & Beyond
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Had an amazing guided bird walk at Wave Hill with NYC Audubon on Sunday. Highlights included Black-throated Green, Back-throated Blue, Common Raven and Bald Eagle. Scenery wasn't too shabby either. Full list follows. Wave Hill, Bronx, US-NY Nov 9, 2014... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2014 at The Celery Farm & Beyond
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If you haven't tried the Birdy 30 yet, or want to try again, just a reminder that the Birdy 30 challenge runs through tomorrow eveing. Details are here. Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2014 at The Celery Farm & Beyond
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Will post a full list within 24 hours... Pretty good birding there today.... American Bittern was with some American Coots. Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2014 at The Celery Farm & Beyond
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Our guide, Gabriel Willow of NYC Audubon, found this Black-throated Green, two Black-throated Blues, a Common Raven and 28 other species on this morning's Second-Sunday walk. Will post more pix and a full list (for those who are interested) later. Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2014 at The Celery Farm & Beyond
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My latest column in The Record and Herald News is a new Birdy 30 contest. Please enter -- it's a lot of fun, and it's free, and you don't have to see the most bird species to be one of... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2014 at The Celery Farm & Beyond
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Eight days ago, on a walk in the woods in Highland, N.Y., I encountered this bare patch in the leaves. No other humans had used the path. What created the bare patch? We had all sorts of answers -- from... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2014 at The Celery Farm & Beyond
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Tomorrow (Tuesday) could be a big day for open space in New Jersey. Voters have a chance to finally create a permanent funding source for the state's depleted Green Acres program -- a program that has included funding for our... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2014 at The Celery Farm & Beyond