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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
Coldenham Preservation and Historical Society The Poughkeepsie Journal has a story about the 250th anniversary of the historic Colden House in Montgomery, N.Y., and mentions John Fell and his son and daughter and explains why the Coldens remained loyal to... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Celery Farm and Beyond
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Had a great time reading the Celery Farm children's books at the Powerhouse on 8th bookstore in Park Slope yesterday. A nice turnout for a lazy August Sunday morning. The talk showcased "Duck Enough to Fly," "Icky the Hungry Heron"... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Celery Farm and Beyond
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Holly Cowen photographed this warbler at the NJ Botanical Garden in Ringwood last week. Can you I.D. it? (Thanks, Holly!) Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Celery Farm and Beyond
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Stiles Thomas claims he has the world's largest mushroom growing in his yard, and who are we to argue? Note: Last month Stiles claimed to have the world's largest strawberry, then claimed that critters ate it before I could photograph... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Celery Farm and Beyond
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The Bald Eagle that Walt Staab photographed yesterday was actually quite far away. One of the original images is above. Walt writes: Here is a photo of the eagle in its entirety giving you the prospective of how much I... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Celery Farm and Beyond
Should be working again. Thanks.
Judy Cinquina writes: I had a young American Redstart in my birdbath around 5:15 p.m. yesterday. So the fall warbler migration is in motion. Let's see who can find (and photograph) the first migrant warbler at the Celery Farm. That... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Celery Farm and Beyond
The Record compiled a cool video of my six favorite birding spots in North Jersey -- including the Celery Farm. I love the Tom Franklin photo they used of the two birders at the nature preserve. Can you I.D. them?... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Celery Farm and Beyond
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Walt Staab is on a roll. On Sunday, he took some awesome pix of a Peregrine Falcon at the Celery Farm. Today, while photographing a raccoon, he looked up to see a Bald Eagle and grabbed a couple of shots.... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Celery Farm and Beyond
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Don Torino's new column for the Meadowlands Blog is about the impact on nature when folks cut down too many trees in a neighbrhood. A sample: We often forget that our trees are living, thriving life forms essential to life... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Celery Farm and Beyond
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Recently, a Painted Turtle laid her eggs in the backyard (next to the Celery Farm). The next morning, I found a dead fish in the back driveway and the turtle eggs dug up and eaten. I asked what happened, and... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Celery Farm and Beyond
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On a summer day that's not too muggy, a hike to the summit of High Mountain is a pretty cool way to spend an afternoon. If you look closely among the rocks on the trail along the way, you'll find... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2017 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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My latest column for The Record is all about birding at the New Jersey Botanical Garden in Ringwood. Beautiful gardens, great natural areas, terrific birds and great walks and hikes, all on 1,100 acres. Old-stylel statues and a manor house,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2017 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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Walt Staab, who was nice enough to share his recent Peregrine-at-the-Celery Farm shots, has created a webpage featuring a ton of shots from that morning. Definitely worth a look! The link is here. (Thanks, Walt!) Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2017 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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I'll be reading my Celery Farm children's books -- "Icky the Hungry Heron," "Duck Enough to Fly," and "Swan Babies" this Sunday from 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. at POWERHOUSE on 8th [Park Slope], 1111 8th Ave., Brooklyn. POWERHOUSE on... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2017 at Celery Farm and Beyond
Stiles asked: "Where was Moses when the light went out?" This apparently was an old nursery rhyme and part of American folklore. The answer is: "Down in the cellar, eating sauerkraut." Congrats to Sally Wiegand and Pat Price for knowing... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2017 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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I'd like to introduce everyone to Celery Farm nature photographer Jake Scro. Jake, a long-time Allendale resident, l ives not far from the Celery Farm. He is a student at Brookside School, and the grandson of the late (and great)... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2017 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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Stiles and Sis Thomas asked me to share this very cool poster from 1999 that promoted a New Jersey Audubon Trip to Belize. A few familiar faces for many of us, and a magical place. I will try to bring... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2017 at Celery Farm and Beyond
Not sure what this has to do with anything, but Marsh Warden Emeritus Stiles Thomas wants to know: "Where was Moses when the light went out?" Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2017 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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A couple of shots from the old archives. When and where were these two shots taken? There might be a trick answer involved, so no groaning later in the week. Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2017 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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Walt Staab took some incredible shots of a young Peregrine Falcon flying over the Celery Farm's Lake Appert just before the Hour on the Tower this morning. Walt was nice enough to share them here. Walt writes: "It was harassed... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2017 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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I wish the water had been calmer. Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2017 at Celery Farm and Beyond
North Jersey has long been something of a desert for birds, butterflies and other wildlife. The reasons are many -- beginning with Americans' obsession with manicured lawns and the herbicides and pesticides that they often entail. Bucking that trend locally... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2017 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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Robert Shupp of Little Ferry writes: I live in the Losen Slote neighborhood, so it's a great yard to have a feeder. Yesterday I was surprised to look out of the window to see this guy hanging out on the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 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. These are the last two mystery pix from the cam that I posted and asked folks to identify. The bottom photo, of course, is... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2017 at Celery Farm and Beyond