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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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Marsh Warden Mike Limatola found a big bag of bread on the Warden's Watch the other day. Assuming that the person who left it was planning to feed Canada geese or ducks -- and not having fondue for dinner --... Continue reading
Posted 24 minutes ago at The Celery Farm and Beyond
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Here's a bird you don't see up North. Taken in the Francis Marion National Forest in South Carolina last month. It was a lifer for me. What is it? Continue reading
Posted 30 minutes ago at The Celery Farm and Beyond
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When I submitted my latest column for The Record, I included three cool photos of woodpeckers but did not say..."If you can only use one" because all three are neat shots and I hoped they would have enough space to... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at The Celery Farm and Beyond
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I looked out the window today and saw this wonderful couple sliding their way to the spillway bridge. They had just gotten married and wanted to have their photographer take their picture in their traditional Sikh garb here for their... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at The Celery Farm and Beyond
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Marsh Warden installed two new Wood Duck boxes in the Celery Farm today. Vandals had destroyed the previous boxes and damaged several others. Needless to say, if you see anyone damaging anything in the Celery Farm, call the Allendale police. Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at The Celery Farm and Beyond
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Karen Kleimann of The Town Journal has a nice story on the Allendale Red-shoulder Cam. Alas, it's not online (yet?). I thought I'd post it here. (Click the story to enlarge). (Thanks, Town Journal!) Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at The Celery Farm and Beyond
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I found the other half of Thursday's "The Bird Watcher" on The Record's website and wanted to pass it along. This part of the column talked about the Birdy 30 winner chosen at random, Marilyn Taylor, and what bird-watching means... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at The Celery Farm and Beyond
Photo Courtesy of: Fred Nisenholz Don Torino's latest post for wildnewjersey.tv is about the inspiring return of the Bald Eagle to our region. Here's a sample: It is hard for many to comprehend or understand where we were just a... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at The Celery Farm and Beyond
Ben Wurst of Conserve Wildlife Foundation, who will be installing Allendale's Red-shouldered Hawk Nest Cam soon, was recently involved in an amazing Bald Eagle Rescue in Tuckerton. The video that Ben took is above. You can read his account here.... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at The Celery Farm and Beyond
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I posted an extra item on the Duke Farms blog today -- about the threats to eagle eggs in New Jersey for much of the last century. DDT was one huge problem. Before that, egg collectors took a surprising toll.... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at The Celery Farm and Beyond
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My latest column for The Record and Herald-News is about the winners of the recent Birdy 30 contest, George Greco of Paterson (left) and Marilyn Taylor of Wyckoff (right). George, nicknamed "the Birdman of Paterson" by his neighbors, tallied an... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at The Celery Farm and Beyond
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New York Times columnist Jim Dwyer recently wrote about the amazing winter influx of Bald Eagles in our region -- and our own Alice: New York has a surprising relationship with the bald eagle, given the city’s ostentatious hostility to... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at The Celery Farm and Beyond
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The Duke Farms Bald Eagles have begun incubating two eggs. In my latest post for Duke Farms, with the help of experts, I try to address questions of concern -- including whether it's OK when the eagles leave nest (and... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at The Celery Farm and Beyond
This month's Fyke Nature Association meeting is Friday at 8 p.m. in the Allendale Municipal Building. Paul Sadowski will talk about "The Role of Fungi in the Ecosystem of the Greenbrook Sanctuary." 10,000 years ago, the Palisades were a glaciated,... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at The Celery Farm and Beyond
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Stopped by the Ridgefield Park Bald Eagle nest yesterday -- viewing it from Ridgefield. Saw the top of a white head on the nest right away, but that was about it. After about 30 minutes another Bald Eagle appeared, soaring... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at The Celery Farm and Beyond
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Ron Shields and I did a mini birding tour of the Meadowlands today and saw Bald Eagles at Losen Slote, Ridgefield Park, River Barge Park (four juvies perched along the Hackensack River. The Losen Slote trails were nicely packed and... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at The Celery Farm and Beyond
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For Monday's mystery, I asked how many birds can you see in shot from Magnolia Cemetery in Charleston, S.C., and what are they? I could see four birds -- the same as Patrick Carney said. Peggy Woods saw six,which is... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at The Celery Farm and Beyond
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Here's another shot from Magnolia Cemetery in Charleston, S.C. How many birds do you see, and what are they? Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at The Celery Farm and Beyond
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Stopped by Lorrimer Sanctuary yesterday and met their unofficial greeter (above). Lots of feeder action there, too -- including a couple of Pine Siskins. They also have a great selection of used and reasonably priced nature books -- highly recommended.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2015 at The Celery Farm and Beyond