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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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Last week, I asked: Why does this look familiar? What is it, where is it, and who carved it? The answer is: It is a Belted Kingfisher silhouette, cut into the bench at Troop 59 Look Out! The craftsman was... Continue reading
Posted 13 hours ago at The Celery Farm and Beyond
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Patty and I stopped by the Presby Memorial Iris Gardens in Upper Montclair last weekend to see the annual iris extravaganza. Worth the trip to see "the rainbow on a hill," though parking can be a small challenge on weekends.... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at The Celery Farm and Beyond
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Hard to believe for folks who visit the Celery Farm regularly, but visitors still get lost here. Actually, it's pretty easy. That was the reason that the Boy Scouts put in the numbered markers along the path around the natural... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at The Celery Farm and Beyond
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The Wright-Finn side yard is starting to become a big maternity ward for Snapping Turtles once again, with hungry raccoons soon to follow. Just photographed this dirt-encrusted mom. Careful driving on Franklin Turnpike near the Celery Farm. Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at The Celery Farm and Beyond
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My latest post for Duke Farms' blog is an interview with Conserve Wildlife Foundation biologist Larissa Smith on what to expect next with the two Bald Eagle nestlings -- who are now eight weeks old and getting huge. What's all... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at The Celery Farm and Beyond
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I recently did a post about a century-old High Mountain mystery f or The Nature Conservancy's New Jersey blog. The mystery -- written up in a daily paper more than 125 years ago --even made the current edition of Weird... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at The Celery Farm and Beyond
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Tom Mitchell shared this photo he took of the two not-supposed-to-be-here Northern Shoveler drakes a couple of days ago. I saw them by the Pirie-Mayhood Tower this afternoon... (Thanks, Tom!) Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at The Celery Farm and Beyond
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Today is World Turtle Day. I photographed these turtles on the Delaware River on Saturday near Upper Black Eddy, Pa. What kind of turtles are they, and how did they get their name? (Added hint: They may be bigger than... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at The Celery Farm and Beyond
I call the last shot "Moon over Allendale"
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The final Fyke meeting of 2015-16 features an illustrated talk by Jerry Barrack. The legendary nature photographer, generous friend of Fyke and all-around good guy will show what amounts to a greatest hits album of his amazing nature photos and... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at The Celery Farm and Beyond
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Linda and Bill Kempey hosted a little meet-and-greet yesterday for their three new tenants, the Red-shouldered Hawk babies of Allendale. The Kempeys' son was nice enough to cut away some of the lower tree branches so folks could see the... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at The Celery Farm and Beyond
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I took some photos last night at sunset along the Delaware Bayshore for The Nature Conservancy. Thought I'd share a few. Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at The Celery Farm and Beyond
My latest post for Duke Farms' blog is an interview Lauren Kurzius, who won the 2016 Eagle Cam Lesson Plan contest with a very cool avian whodunit. The link is here. Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at The Celery Farm and Beyond
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My latest column for The Record and Herald News is on Doodletown -- a ghost town where warblers reign! The link is here. Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at The Celery Farm and Beyond
Photo by Marie Longo Bergen County Audubon President Don Torino's latest column is on how you can help save the Monarch Butterfly, which has been in sharp decline in recent years. The post is here. Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2016 at The Celery Farm and Beyond
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At Sunday's Bergen SWAN Spatterdock Paddle, Ron Shields got this nifty sequence of a crow harassing a young Bald Eagle. Gotta love the Crows, Eastern Kingbirds and Red-winged Blackbirds -- they are fearless in defending their turf. Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2016 at The Celery Farm and Beyond
In honor of International Shorebird Day last Saturday (who knew?), Mike Shanahan wrote an offbeat post about the links between them for The Nature Conservancy's New Jersey blog. The link is here. Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2016 at The Celery Farm and Beyond
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My latest post for Duke Farms is about Lauren Kurzius, winner of this year's Eagle Cam Lesson Plan contest. Lauren is an eighth-grade teacher from Manville, and her lesson plan was terrific. You can read all about it here. Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2016 at The Celery Farm and Beyond
Gabrielle Schmitt writes: After a cold, rainy Friday, we really lucked out with the weather for this year's Stepping Up for Lorrimer. And the grey, chilly morning that followed for Sunday's for Hour on the Tower certainly confirmed our good... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2016 at The Celery Farm and Beyond
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Peter Burger passed alone these two pix he took from the Warden's Watch on Saturday -- a Baltimore Oriole and a Common Yellowthroat. Michael Tat spotted the oriole. (Thanks, Peter and Michael!) Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2016 at The Celery Farm and Beyond
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With the help of Richard Gehring, Wyatt Gehring, Mark Hall, Paul Miller, Rich Dean and Kevin Kervatt, The Nature Conservancy's Scott Sherwood installed two new trailhead signs at the High Mountain Park Preserve on Sunday. One is at the Red... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2016 at The Celery Farm and Beyond
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For the 18th year in a row, North Haledon has sponsored a free "Breakfast on High Mountain" event. Instead of singing for your supper, you hike for your hash-browns (and scrambled eggs, sausage and bagels). This year's rain date was... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2016 at The Celery Farm and Beyond
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Despite some uncertain weather, Bergen SWAN's Spatterdock paddle yesterday afternoon turned out great, with swallows and swifts zipping all around us. That's ace nature photographer Ron S hields and terrific ace naturalist/paddler Mary Ann Schran above. Some of Ron's nifty... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2016 at The Celery Farm and Beyond
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Why does this look familiar? What is it, where is it, and who carved it? Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2016 at The Celery Farm and Beyond
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Norma Dominguez shared this on Facebook and I had to share. The Polyphemus Moth is a silk moth, and one of the biggest around. Her daughter Laurie Gaglio took the photo.) (Thanks, Norma and Laurie.) Below is a shot of... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2016 at The Celery Farm and Beyond