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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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Lillian Thomas, Celery Farm Butterfly Garden Master Gardener Emeritus, celebrated her 90th birthday yesterday (Friday). Her husband Stiles initiated a birthday-card-writing campaign in her honor, and you'll be happy to hear she received at least 130 cards and e-mail greetings.... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at The Celery Farm & Beyond
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Thanks to Marsh Warden Mike Limatola, who called to tell me of a nearby and chilled-out Black-crowned Night Heron at the Celery Farm, I was able to get some incredible closeups of this bird. After Mike and I took a... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at The Celery Farm & Beyond
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My latest column for The Record and the Herald-News is about some of my favorite birds of summer -- the fishermen. The photo above, of a Green Heron in Closter, is by Susan McTigue. (Thanks, Susan!) The link is here. Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at The Celery Farm & Beyond
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Lillian Thomas, chief gardener emeritus of the Celery Farm Butterfly Garden and all-around terrific person, is celebrating her 90th birthday next week. If you haven't sent her card but would like to email her your best wishes, please send them... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2014 at The Celery Farm & Beyond
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In honor of National Dragonfly Month (there may actually be one in the U.K.) at the Celery Farm, I thought I'd post some recent colorful dragonflies by Alice Leurck. I can identify some. How about you? Alice's pix of three... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2014 at The Celery Farm & Beyond
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Last week Sarah Buckley reported: "All of a sudden, we now have at least 3 blond-tailed grey squirrels in our Allendale yard. "I Googled and found out they have been in Bergen County for several years. Anyone else have them?"... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2014 at The Celery Farm & Beyond
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Deedee Burnside ID's the above Celery Farm frequent flier as a male Common Whitetail. (Thanks, Deedee!) Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2014 at The Celery Farm & Beyond
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Susan McTigue writes: I just looked at your blog and saw the photo of a dragonfly on a bird's wing. Last night I was at Boscobel to see "Two Gentlemen of Verona" and saw the same type of dragonfly with... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2014 at The Celery Farm & Beyond
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An old barn in Allendale was about to be razed this summer, before folks were informed that nesting Black Vultures were inside -- with two young. Lee Shand took several pix recently and put them on his blog, here. (Thanks,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2014 at The Celery Farm & Beyond
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John Pastore writes: Working through a backlog of photos, I found this one from the Celery Farm in June. I wonder if the dragonfly was contemplating a wing upgrade, or maybe decided it could 'fly first class' if it hitched... Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2014 at The Celery Farm & Beyond
Michael Buckley is reporting blonde-tailed gray squirrels in his yard in Allendale. Anybody else seen any or -- better yet -- seen and photographed one? More on blonde-tailed squirrels here and here. (Not the best links but...) Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2014 at The Celery Farm & Beyond
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My latest column in The Record and Herald News is part two of readers' simple birding pleasures. I'd like to thank everyone who replied. Sorry that I did not have room for them all in the two columns -- it... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2014 at The Celery Farm & Beyond
Don Torino, a friend of this blog, also writes a weekly column for wildnewjersey.tv. His latest is on so-called weeds that can upgrade your yard. Here's a sample: Despite what you might be thinking, my column this week is not... Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2014 at The Celery Farm & Beyond
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Gaby Schmitt writes: We all know the difference Stiles and Lillian Thomas have made - working to save and protect the Celery Farm for more than 50 years. Recently, Lillian was also honored by Allendale for her efforts in saving... Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2014 at The Celery Farm & Beyond
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The New York Times has a cool story about National Moth Week in today's editions. It features Monday night's Moth Night in the Meadowlands and mentions events called "Moth Balls," of Allendale was the first (Tom Nicastri came up with... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2014 at The Celery Farm & Beyond
I went back with Patty in the afternoon, and we had Silver-spotted Skippers, Pearl Crescents, a smaller skipper (Dun), and just missed a Red Admiral that a jogger had blundered past while two folks were trying to photograph. Sunshine and warmer temps can make a difference. Saw a Comma on Friday afternoon but not again on Saturday. Thanks for the report.
Toggle Commented Jul 20, 2014 on Butterfly Walk! at The Celery Farm & Beyond
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Apparently the butterflies did not get the memo about the Fyke Nature Association's annual Tom Burr Memorial Butterfly Walk, because those winged wonders were few and far between. Stars of the morning were definitely the clear-winged moths. We had nice... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2014 at The Celery Farm & Beyond
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Fyke's annual Tom Burr Memorial Butterfly Walk is this Saturday, July 19, at 10:30 a.m. We meet at the Green Way entrance. The walk is named for Tom Burr, the late Fyke member, naturalist and photographer, who led this walk... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2014 at The Celery Farm & Beyond
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Tuesday's New York Times has a great Op-ed article about the causes of the catastrophic Honeybee colony collapse and the steps needed to turn the tide. The link is here. Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2014 at The Celery Farm & Beyond
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More than two dozen readers responded to a recent request for folks to share their favorite "simple pleasures" of birding. Great crestedflycatcher, photographedby Mary AnnBattersbyof Ringwood. The wonderful variety of their memories speaks to the wide allure of a pastime... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2014 at The Celery Farm & Beyond
Patty Finn (my wife) writes: I was out back [next to the Celery Farm] and heard birds screaming. I looked up and a bunch of robins, red bellies and catbirds were going crazy. I looked down and there was a... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2014 at The Celery Farm & Beyond
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A family-oriented local day-trips website recently contacted Fyke Nature Association about advice for visiting the Celery Farm for the first time. Below are some of the tips we offered to ensure that all visitors have an enjoyable time. Do you... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2014 at The Celery Farm & Beyond
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Fyke's annual Tom Burr Memorial Butterfly Walk is this Saturday, July 19, at 10:30 a.m. We meet at the Green Way entrance. The walk is named for Tom Burr, the late Fyke member, naturalist and photographer, who led this walk... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2014 at The Celery Farm & Beyond
The answer is: "Beetles in the lint basket." What is the question? The question is: What do you get after you wash the white sheets you used to attract moths for Moth Night? National Moth Week officially starts on Saturday.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2014 at The Celery Farm & Beyond
The answer is: "Beetles in the lint basket." What is the question? National Moth Week officially starts on Saturday. Link is here. Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2014 at The Celery Farm & Beyond