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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
Thanks. I tweaked and called them "bugs." I always try to keep the blog as uncomplicated as I can, and sometimes I over-simplify.
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On Monday, I asked folks to identify the three insects and bird in these three photos. (Yes, it was a slightly trick question -- the bird had a spider in its mouth.) Long-time Celery Farm supporter Joe Lafferty responded: 1.... Continue reading
Posted 6 hours ago at The Celery Farm and Beyond
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Marsh Warden Mike Limatola (above) sez: June 6 is National Trails Day. Please join us at the Celery Farm for a few hours of spreading wood chips on the trails. Meet at the Green Way Cul-de-sac at 9:00 a.m. Bug... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at The Celery Farm and Beyond
One of my favorite spots in the Meadowlands is Laurel Hill County Park in Secaucus, currently home to nesting Peregrines and (nearby) Ospreys. The Peregrines have apparently taken over the Common Ravens' nest for good (or bad) -- after taking... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at The Celery Farm and Beyond
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You are cordially invited to test your birding skills and powers of observation in the world's first Art of Birding competition on Saturday, June 6, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the Hiram Blauvelt Art Museum in Oradell. The event... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at The Celery Farm and Beyond
Eagle Dance" by George Catlin. 1845-'48. Image credit: Smithsonian American Art Museum My latest post for the Duke Farms blog features an interview with best-selling children's book author Joseph Bruchac, who wrote "Keepers of the Earth" and other wonderful books.... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at The Celery Farm and Beyond
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I tried the moth lights last night behind my house, and there was pretty much nothing but small annoying bugs. I took this quick photo of a tiny moth before running for cover. Will try again next week. ID help,... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at The Celery Farm and Beyond
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Snapping Turtle egg-laying season is kicking into high gear, so be careful driving along Franklin Turnpike near the Celery Farm. Three Snapping Turtles were laying their eggs in my side yard this a.m., and in years past some have crossed... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at The Celery Farm and Beyond
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Can you identify the three insects bugs and bird photographed on Saturday at High Mountain Park in Franklin Lakes? (Yes, it's a slightly trick question.) Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at The Celery Farm and Beyond
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Checked our side yard this morning and found a female snapping turtle laying eggs. In the next week, at least a dozen Snapping Turtles will lay eggs in our yard by the Celery Farm parking lot -- and others will... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at The Celery Farm and Beyond
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Travel through time and explore the various modes of 19th and 20th century transportation on Saturday, May 30, with the Northwest Bergen History Coalition. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the historic John Fell House and nine other historic homes... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at The Celery Farm and Beyond
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The Butterfly Garden at the CF needs volunteers to bring gallon jugs of water to the rain barrels behind the bench. I am told that a gallon jug of water weighs eight pounds or so, so the best way to... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at The Celery Farm and Beyond
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Jerry Barrack has done some really beautiful limited-edition books that are hard to get. To ease the problem, Jerry has made free eBook editions for folks to download onto their iPads. Today, I'm posting the link to download Jerry's "Birds... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at The Celery Farm and Beyond
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Jerry Barrack has done some really beautiful limited-edition photography books that are hard to get. To ease the problem, Jerry has made free eBook editions for folks to download onto their iPads. Today, I'm posting the link to download his... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at The Celery Farm and Beyond
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You are cordially invited to test your birding skills and powers of observation in the world's first Art of Birding competition on Saturday, June 6, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the Hiram Blauvelt Art Museum in Oradell. The event... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at The Celery Farm and Beyond
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Following up on my post of Tuesday about rescuing Great Horned Owl in Washington Township, The Raptor Trust reports: The owl was seizuring the night he came in, which is usually a bad sign. We gave him diazepam for the... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2015 at The Celery Farm and Beyond
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Ace birder Krzysztof Bystrowski has joined The 2015 Celery Farm Big Year contest and became an instant contender, with 111 species so far. I will try post updated totals as May 31 in early June. (It's not too late to... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2015 at The Celery Farm and Beyond
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My latest column for The Record and Herald News is about my unrequited love affair with a real looker by the name of Alice. She lives in Ridgefield Park, and though we have never met, I have a crush on... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2015 at The Celery Farm and Beyond
My latest post for the Duke Farms blog is on the two eagles you are mostly to see on a visit there. All you have to do is drive down Dukes Parkway West and look for the most statuesque eagles... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2015 at The Celery Farm and Beyond
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On Monday, Stiles Thomas challenged readers to tell him what that thing on the left is. Stiles says that it is an unviable -- and unenviable -- Wild Turkey egg. He found it in his backyard this weekend after a... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2015 at The Celery Farm and Beyond
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Speaking of Fish Crows, I had forgotten that on May 9, I was sitting on the Pirie/Mayhood Platform when a Fish Crow landed on the railing, then hopped into the Crab Apple tree. It proceeded to pick four or five... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2015 at The Celery Farm and Beyond
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Very cooperative at the Warden's Watch on Monday. With a buddy. Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2015 at The Celery Farm and Beyond
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Sally Teschon writes: Saw the post on the blog about the crow. I, too was on the Warden's Watch, looking through my camera, and he flew into my head actually and landed about a foot away on the railing. I... Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2015 at The Celery Farm and Beyond
I did not see any wounds. I will check Wednesday afternoon for a condition report. I washed the comforter, and it smells better then ever. (Conversely, I have heard that skunk gets rid of the smell of tomato juice.)
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Still not too late to postulate what that thing on the left is. Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2015 at The Celery Farm and Beyond