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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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Not only is The Nature Conservancy sponsoring a free Moth Night tonight at the Kay Center, but the grounds there offer some primo butterfly-watching. (Click here for more info on tonight's free S'Moths an S'Mores event in Chester.) Among the... Continue reading
Posted 2 hours ago at Celery Farm and Beyond
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Saw a huge non-snapping turtle laying eggs by Phairs Pond the other day, and saw two more (above) laying eggs in the yard yesterday morning. The first one was so large that I could not find anything large enough for... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Celery Farm and Beyond
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On my visit to DeKorte Park on Wednesday, I checked out an array of butterflies, including a camera-shy Monarch, lots of skippers and a Gilligan, and these two cool Swallowtails on Coneflowers. Butterfly Day at DeKorte Park is only eight... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Celery Farm and Beyond
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DeKorte Park in Lyndhurst is looking terrific these days, with more native plants than ever. Saw two clear-winged moths in the Jill Ann Ziemkiewicz Memorial Butterfly Garden yesterday. The reddish one is a Hummingbird Clear-winged Moth, and I'm thinking the... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Celery Farm and Beyond
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Since my wife and I live near the Celery Farm, which is overrun with White-tailed Deer, the native plants in our yard have taken a beating (or should I say "an eating")? This spring we have added a new plant... 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 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 5 days ago at Celery Farm and Beyond
In case you missed my High Mountain blog post for The Nature Conservancy, I wanted to show a photo of an arrowhead I found on the Fourth of July at High Mountain. (The old nickel is included to show scale.)... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Celery Farm and Beyond
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Help me kick off the 6th annual National Moth Week at The Nature Conservancy's Kay Center in Chester on Saturday, July 22, as we set up special moth-attracting lights and learn more about these often-misunderstood nighttime marvels. Enjoy a short... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Celery Farm and Beyond
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A terrific team of Phragmites cutters went to work on the nasty invasives blocking the view of the lake by the Pirie-Mayhood Tower: Final Score: Phrag Fighters: 10 Phargmites: 0 The shot above was taken around 4 p.m. today. The... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Celery Farm and Beyond
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The Nature Conservancy's New Jersey Blog just posted my short article about a hike to the summit of High Mountain earlier this month, and the amazing stuff that my wife and I saw along the way. (Hint: It includes an... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2017 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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Tomorrow we have phragmites cutting and trail maintenance from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. and a free butterfly walk from 10:30 a.m. until noonish. The cutting and trimming crew met at the Pirie-Mayhood Tower. The butterfly walk meets at Green Way.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2017 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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My latest column for The Record is about the increase in Downy Woodpeckers being seen at hummingbird feeders in North Jersey -- with a lot of help from readers and Fyke e-mail list folks. I submitted three images to The... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2017 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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Carol Flanagan writes: Photos taken at the Celery Farm by Fyke members are wanted for the 2018 Celery Farm calendar. There is a limit of 10 photos per person. The photos should be landscape format. Non-cropped photos work best with... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2017 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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Tom Burr Memorial Butterfly Walk at the Celery Farm Fyke's annual Celery Farm Butterfly Walk this Saturday morning (July 15) at 10:30 is held in memory of Tom Burr, the late Fyke member, naturalist, photographer, and friend. We'll also look... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2017 at Celery Farm and Beyond
The Nature Conservancy's Cool Science blog has a fascinating article by the excellent nature writer Ted Williams about native Bumble Bees, and the threats they face. The link is here. The blog should have an article about the bats at... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2017 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 Jul 10, 2017 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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If you've walked around the Celery Farm lately and visited the Pirie-Mayhood Tower, you've probably noticed that an invasive reed called phragmites has grown so tall that it's tough to see Lake Appert. On Saturday morning, July 15, we aim... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2017 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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On Monday, I posted: Since early May, I have had a motion-sensitive trail cam next to Stiles Thomas bird drip. We can I.D. most of the birds and critters. How about you? The two birds from Monday were a male... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2017 at Celery Farm and Beyond
Date is July 22 -- I added it to the text. Thanks, Deedee. Dates of events are always helpful! Jim
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Help me kick off the 6th annual National Moth Week at The Nature Conservancy's Kay Center in Chester on Saturday, July 22, as we set up special moth-attracting lights and learn more about these often-misunderstood nighttime marvels. Enjoy a short... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2017 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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Saw Gaby the uncommon Common Gallinule from the Pirie-Mayhood Tower again this morning. You might see Gaby, if she hasn't disappeared into the reeds, by looking up the Big Ditch and studying the water and bushes. A spotting scope is... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2017 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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Save the date. I'll be reading my Celery Farm children's books at Sunday Aug 13, 2017 11:30 am - 12:30 pm POWERHOUSE on 8th [Park Slope] 1111 8th Ave Brooklyn, NY 11215 POWERHOUSE on 8th [Park Slope] 1111 8th Ave... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2017 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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Salsify at the summit of High Mountain, this afternoon. Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2017 at Celery Farm and Beyond
Charles Willson Peale’s portrait of George Washington. George Will wrote a pretty cool column about the Revolutionary War. It's in The Record today, and made me think of Allendale's Founding Father, John Fell, who once owned what is now the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2017 at Celery Farm and Beyond
I hope you get a chance to see it. It has been there two mornings now.