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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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In Fred's Field at the Celery Farm yesterday. Great year for Great Spangled Fritillaries so far. I think love might have been in the air. Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at The Celery Farm and Beyond
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See you in mid-July, but look for my latest Bird Watcher column in The Record in two weeks -- on July 16. It's a real-life avian murder mystery featuring Stiles Thomas, not to be missed. Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at The Celery Farm and Beyond
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Embarrassed to say I had never been to the Teaneck Creek Conservancy before this week. (Hello!??) Terrific native plants and art -- and awesome work by volunteers. (And congratulations to the new executive director, Alexa Marques.) The link is here. Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at The Celery Farm and Beyond
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From earlier this year... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at The Celery Farm and Beyond
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From our backyard, adjacent to to the CF. Looks like one of the swallowtail's tails got swallowed. Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at The Celery Farm and Beyond
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My latest column for The Record is about the Red Knot, featuring an interview with Larry Niles, the wildlife biologist who has been instrumental in protecting this at-risk migratory shorebird. I visited Larry in late May, when he and his... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at The Celery Farm and Beyond
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Fran Duggan writes, "Spiderwort!" Thanks, Fran, and congratulations. Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at The Celery Farm and Beyond
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Tom Burr Memorial Butterfly Walk at the Celery Farm is Saturday, July 18, at 10:30 a.m. The walk is named for the late Fyke member, naturalist, photographer and friend. Meet at the end of Green Way for a guided 90-minute... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at The Celery Farm and Beyond
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A partial walk-around of the Celery Farm yielded a pair of Monarchs mating on Milkweed in what I like to call Fred's Field (by the Green Way entrance, in honor of Fred Weber, who did so much work there), plus... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at The Celery Farm and Beyond
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From the Celery Farm's Green Way fields. Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at The Celery Farm and Beyond
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The Duke Farms Bald Eagles have fledged, and so my posts for their blog have ended as well. (Thanks, Duke Farms!) I did one final post today, about the banding of two at-risk American Kestrels there yesterday. The link is... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2015 at The Celery Farm and Beyond
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Marsh Warden Stiles Thomas was nice enough to take me to a site by the Celery Farm where a what we believe to be a Common Raven was calling repeatedly and loudly. It perched, called (a begging call?), flew around... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2015 at The Celery Farm and Beyond
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Save the date -- Sunday, Sept. 27, at 9 a.m. -- for the new Pirie - Mayhood Tower dedication. Mike Limatola, Stiles Thomas and I talked it over and realized that the plaque at the new Pirie - Mayhood Tower... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2015 at The Celery Farm and Beyond
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My latest post -- and likely one of my last posts for Duke Farms for a while -- is a recap of the 2015 Bald Eagle nesting season. Here's the beginning: The 2015 Duke Farms Bald Eagle nesting season had... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2015 at The Celery Farm and Beyond
Thanks. Just figured that out....
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A heart-felt thank you to LG for finally coming to its senses and abiding by the wishes of the public and reducing the height of its proposed headquarters along the Palisades, and a big thank you to everyone who fought... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2015 at The Celery Farm and Beyond
Thursday, June 25, 6 to 8:00 p.m. Rohsler's Nursery, Franklin Tpk., Allendale Butterfly Habitats with Don Torino, president of the Bergen County Audubon Society Butterfly expert and advocate Don Torino will explain how we can help save the Monarch –... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2015 at The Celery Farm and Beyond
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No, it isn't white, and no, it isn't big, but I have been a latter-day Captain Ahab for several days in my quest to photograph this fritillary zipping around the milkweed that Fred Weber planted along the Green Way field.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2015 at The Celery Farm and Beyond
The Record has an informative article on the standoff on LG Electronics' plan to build an office tower that would ruin the Palisades skyline north of the George Washington Bridge. A redesigned building would mean the same amount of jobs,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2015 at The Celery Farm and Beyond
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Two of these were in the Celery Farm. The slightly nibbled third guy was nearby, in my backyard. Also saw a Red Admiral, Summer Azures, Question Mark/Comma and what I think was a Great-spangled Fritillary that never stopped flitting. Answers... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2015 at The Celery Farm and Beyond
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Anybody remember what this is? Photo was taken in 2000. A clue follows. Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2015 at The Celery Farm and Beyond
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Bobolink in Duke Farms' grasslands, copyright Kevin Watson Most folks know of Duke Farms as the home of nesting (and endangered) Bald Eagles, but the stars of the Eagle Cam aren’t the only at-risk birds that have found a home... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2015 at The Celery Farm and Beyond
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Sally Teschon passed along a delightful article by Eli Knapp, about a dad teaching his kids to be birders. It was published in New York State Conservationist Magazine. Here's a sample: Indigo Bunting (photo: Laurie Dirkx) Quite simply, my kids... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2015 at The Celery Farm and Beyond
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My latest column for The Record is on Monk Parakeets, which are showing up with fledglings at feeders in eastern Bergen County. The link is here. (Judy Collier took the photo. Thanks, Judy!) Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2015 at The Celery Farm and Beyond
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Duke Farms' Bald Eagle nest tree was struck by lightning on Sunday -- putting the nest cam out of commission and making a lot of eagle admirers very nervous since one of the two eaglets had not yet fledged. Duke... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2015 at The Celery Farm and Beyond