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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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Ronald Raven sez: Don't miss Jim Wright's column on Thursday in The Record. It's about a talking Raven like me, only better. Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Celery Farm and Beyond
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The trails are drying out, but I am still amazed that folks show up in flip-flops. The Celery Farm is a natural area, people, not Disney World. :- ) Did a little fallen-tree removal this a.m. Before and after are... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Celery Farm and Beyond
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Saw this guy -- and many other kinds of dragonflies -- in the Clove at High Mountain yesterday. Anyone care to I.D. it? I need to get back in shape! Killed a few biting flies as well, so wear bug... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Celery Farm and Beyond
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Since early May, I have had a motion-sensitive trail cam next to Stiles Thomas bird drip. I asked readers to see if they could I.D. the birds and critters that appeared. Some are easy, some are difficult. We started with... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Celery Farm and Beyond
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The House Wrens in the Wright-Finn backyard are now parents of at least two hungry chicks. Thought I'd share a few photos. I also have photos of one of the parents removing the equivalent of a dirty diaper, but thought... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Celery Farm and Beyond
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Since early May, I have had a motion-sensitive trail cam next to Stiles Thomas bird drip. I have deleted thousands of images and kept a few, including a little surprise or two. We can I.D. most of them. How about... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Celery Farm and Beyond
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Saw this guy in the Franklin Clove at High Mountain yesterday. It was crawling through the type of fungus I photographed last week. Way cooler than Centipedes. More on Millipedes here. Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2017 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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Last Monday I wrote: Every spring, I read my Celery Farm children's books to Mrs. Jones' class at the Temple Hill School in Newburgh, and I also showed them photos that Jerry Barrack had taken of other birds at the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2017 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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Speaking of vultures, I loved the pair of beautiful Turkey Vultures sunning themselves on the Fell House barn earlier this wek. They have a face that only a mother -- or birder -- could love. They are also the only... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2017 at Celery Farm and Beyond
(Photo: Kevin R. Wexler/NorthJersey.com) Scott Fallon of The Record has an excellent but depressing story about the decline of Honeybees in New Jersey, and its impact on agriculture and more. I covered the Honeybee decline -- then called Colony Collapse... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2017 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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Just something dynamic about a Pileated Woodpecker that sets it apart from other birds. Jim Molzan took this photo today at 7 a.m. on Hillside Avenue, eating ants. (Thanks, Jim!) Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2017 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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Earlier this week, I posted drawings of two Celery Farm mystery birds as portrayed by elementary school students (answers on Saturday). Today, I wanted to share some of their drawings inspired by "Duck Enough to Fly," "Icky the Hungry Heron"... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2017 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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One of my strangest bird encounters came last winter next to the Celery Farm. You can read about it here. Have you had any amazing wild-bird encounters? Email me. Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2017 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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Every spring, I read my Celery Farm children's books to Mrs. Jones' class at the Temple Hill School in Newburgh, and I also showed them photos that Jerry Barrack had taken of other birds at the Celery Farm over a... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2017 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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Tom Mitchell photographed this mammal at the Franklin Lakes Nature Preserve last week. What do you think it is? If you could try to get some shots as well, even better. Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2017 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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Marsh Warden Mike Limatola reports: A huge thanks to the Allendale Troop 59 Boy Scouts for wood-chipping about 100 feet of very muddy trail last Saturday!!! (If you've sloshed through that section, you'll really appreciate what the scouts did.) Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2017 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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The clump of weird stuff in the previous post was seen on the Red Trail on Wednesday and almost looked like very dark coral... I am thinking fungus, but what? Another pic is above. Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2017 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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Here's a Friday challenge for you. The three photos below are of a Scarlet Tanager, and a Green Frog, and a mystery substance. Which is which, and what is that weird mystery substance? (The weird substance is a little confusing... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2017 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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On Monday, I asked folks to ID the guy above -- photographed in Mount Desert Island's Southwest Harbor last weekend. I'm going to go with the answer provided by Forrest Munger and (mostly) Mary Kostus -- Purple Finch. Roger Tory... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2017 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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Wednesday was a perfect day for a hike (or three) at High Mountain. Did the trek to the summit from the Red Trail Parking Lot at William Paterson University in Wayne, a visit to the Clove, and a walk from... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2017 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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Not quite an ideal topic for a nature blog, but I'll try to make it work because I did not want June 5, 2017, to pass without noting it. On this day in 1917, my father was born in Penn... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2017 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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Saw this guy in Mount Desert Island's Southwest Harbor this weekend. What is it? Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2017 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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On Monday I asked: For the third year in a row at least, this bird has been nesting in an undisclosed location near the Celery Farm. What is it? (We know the answer if you don't.) The answer, given by... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2017 at Celery Farm and Beyond
June 3, 2017 (Saturday) - 8:00am at Green Way Celery Farm Bird Walk This walk is for nature-lovers and birders of all levels. We'll look for butterflies, bugs, cool plants and our feathered friends. Meet at 8:00 a.m. at Green... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2017 at Celery Farm and Beyond