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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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Allendale's Founding Father, John Fell (center), made a guest appearance at the Lee Memorial Library last night to read his 18th-century page-turner, "The Ghosts of Allendale," to a wonderful family audience on Halloween Eve. After it was explained that the... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at The Celery Farm & Beyond
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The spirit of John Fell will read his autobiographical spooky tale "The Ghosts of Allendale" on Halloween Eve at the Lee Memorial Library in Allendale. And it's free. The program begins at 7 p.m. Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at The Celery Farm & Beyond
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On a walk in the woods in Highland, N.Y., I encountered this bare patch in the leaves. No other humans had used the path. What created the bare patch? I'd like to see if your answer matches mine. Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at The Celery Farm & Beyond
Photo by Jim Wright My column in today's (Thursday's) Record and Herald News is advice from four experts on how to get the most out of your backyard bird-feeders. The link is here. Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2014 at The Celery Farm & Beyond
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Ray Gilbert was nice enough to share his recent Northen Goshawk photo from the Montclair Hawk Watch. (Thanks, Ray!) Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2014 at The Celery Farm & Beyond
Starting on November 8, long-time Fyke member Ivan Kossak will walk the East Coast Greenway section that passes through New Jersey. The Greenway is an urban and suburban walking trail that stretches from Maine to Key West Florida. The section... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2014 at The Celery Farm & Beyond
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This guy flew directly over the Warden's Watch this morning and filled the frame. Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2014 at The Celery Farm & Beyond
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John Fell Wants You ... to attend Jim Wright's talk about Allendale's Founding Father John Fell's historic house, and Fell's swamp, now known as the Celery Farm. The talk and accompanying slde show are part of the Coalition of Northwest... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2014 at The Celery Farm & Beyond
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Monday's mystery asked why this piece of Bergen County wood is unusual (and rare). The answer is this Red Oak is more than 250 years old. Record story on the tree is here. Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2014 at The Celery Farm & Beyond
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The spirit of John Fell will read his autobiographical spooky tale "The Ghosts of Allendale" on Halloween Eve at the Lee Public Library in Allendale. Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2014 at The Celery Farm & Beyond
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Why is this piece of Bergen County wood unusual (and rare)? Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2014 at The Celery Farm & Beyond
I am sorry to report that Eugene Barrack, Jerry's brother, died this week. The funeral is Sunday at 11 a.m. at Schoem's Chapel on Route 4 in Paramus. Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2014 at The Celery Farm & Beyond
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Due to the rain expected for Saturday, this year's Big Sit will be on Sunday at the Pirie/Mayhood Platform. We'll also be selling awesome Fyke Calendars from 8 a.m. to noon on Sunday at the Franklin Turnpike entrance to the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2014 at The Celery Farm & Beyond
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Save the date: The Coalition of Northwest Bergen Historical Organizations has asked me to talk at their annual luncheon on Wednesday, Oct. 29, about three of my favorite topics -- the Celery Farm, the Fell House, and John Fell. The... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2014 at The Celery Farm & Beyond
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Wave Hill in the Bronx -- a great destination for bird-lovers and other nature lovers. The link is here. Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2014 at The Celery Farm & Beyond
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The 2015 Celery Farm calendars are here, and Fyke folks will be selling them at the Franklin Turnpike entrance on Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon both days, weather-permitting. They cost $15, and all proceeds toward environmental education. Did I... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2014 at The Celery Farm & Beyond
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On Saturday, Sept. 13, my wife and I drove an injured Red-tailed hawk to The Raptor Trust, thanks to all the vigilant folks on Maltbie Avenue in Midland Park. We recently received another update from TRT, and sorry to say,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2014 at The Celery Farm & Beyond
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Just in time for Saturday's Big Sit at the Celery Farm, a pretty cool story from 1998, featuring the only quote from Gordon Schultze that I have ever read in print -- plus a photo of what looks to be... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2014 at The Celery Farm & Beyond
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Stiles Thomas unveiled his latest carving -- a Red-shouldered Hawk earlier today to a standing-room only crowd at Stateline Lookout during "Hawks Over the Hudson Day." It was an amazing day all around. An album of photos from the day... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2014 at The Celery Farm & Beyond
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Today (Sunday, Oct. 5) State Line Lookout in Alpine, in the Palisades Interstate Park in New Jersey, will host a special nature event called “Hawks Over the Hudson.” To be held rain or shine from 12 to 4 p.m., the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2014 at The Celery Farm & Beyond
I just saw that the New Jersey Conservation Foundation, the group instrumental in saving the Celery Farm, has edited their larger video about land preservation in New Jersey so that there's also a stand-alone video on the Celery Farm. Michele... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2014 at The Celery Farm & Beyond
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We've had better weather for walks, but this morning's nature walk with Fyke and Bergen County Audubon was cool, and we sure need the rain. Four of us, slightly waterlogged, did a quick walk. We did not see any all-white... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2014 at The Celery Farm & Beyond
The New Jersey Conservation Foundation, the folks who were instrumental in helping Allendale save the Celery Farm Natural Area, did a recent video on their land-preservation efforts statewide. They were kind enough to feature the Celery Farm, Stiles Thomas, and... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2014 at The Celery Farm & Beyond
Because of the unpredictability of weather forecasting, we plan to go ahead with the Celery Farm walk at 8 a.m. Saturday, but be aware -- the forecast as of noon Friday calls for a 70 percent chance of thunderstorms on... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2014 at The Celery Farm & Beyond
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Lisa Ann Fanning writes: Rob led a walk at the Celery Farm on Sunday for NJAS, and one of the participants came across two of these interesting caterpillars (above). I had them IDd as Brown Hooded Owlet Moth Caterpillar. On... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2014 at The Celery Farm & Beyond