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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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Lori Charkey, a friend at Bergen SWAN writes: Mmark your calendars for Sunday, December 7, for a very special intimate evening of recollecting and paying tribute as we host our third Hackensack River StoryNight, this one in honor of my... Continue reading
Posted 6 hours ago at The Celery Farm & Beyond
Photo by George McNish/Special to The Record The Record has a very informative article today about the Franklin Turnpike by an old friend and colleague, Jeffrey Page. As I feared, it was not named after Ben or -- as Jeff... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at The Celery Farm & Beyond
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As my wife Patty and I were driving up Franklin Turnpike yesterday morning, we noticed several stopped vehicles ahead. We saw the reason soon enough: Three Alpha Male turkeys were harassing vehicles. I got out of the car, shooed them... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at The Celery Farm & Beyond
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This Cooper's Hawk was hanging out in the trees between the Dead Zone and Barking Dog Corner on Saturday morning. Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at The Celery Farm & Beyond
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My latest column for The Record and Herald News is about the increase in Wild Turkeys in our region -- and why you'll be seeing them in flocks during the winter months. The column features an interview with Tony McBride... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2014 at The Celery Farm & Beyond
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Saw this accipiter in the Celery Farm in dim light yesterday. Notched tail sort of said "Sharp-shinned Hawk" at the time but its size and shape say "Cooper's Hawk." So I am going with "Coop." What do you say? Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2014 at The Celery Farm & Beyond
Marsh Warden Emeritus Stiles Thomas is going to State Line Lookout today in hopes of catching part of the Red-shouldered Hawk Migration. This fall has been a good one for this once-thriving hawk. The Quaker Ridge Hawk Watch in Greenwich,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2014 at The Celery Farm & Beyond
Gabriel Willow of NYC Audubon posted a writeup of Sunday's Wave Hill bird walks on the Wave Hill blog, and was nice enough to use a few of my photos from the morning walk. Wave Hill is having a Birding... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2014 at The Celery Farm & Beyond
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Patty and I did a loop around the Celery Farm and had one amazing bird after another. The Cedar Waxwing was one of many just north of the Pirie/Mayhood Platform. Highlight was that American Bittern. Full list follows. (Had all... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2014 at The Celery Farm & Beyond
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Had an amazing guided bird walk at Wave Hill with NYC Audubon on Sunday. Highlights included Black-throated Green, Back-throated Blue, Common Raven and Bald Eagle. Scenery wasn't too shabby either. Full list follows. Wave Hill, Bronx, US-NY Nov 9, 2014... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2014 at The Celery Farm & Beyond
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If you haven't tried the Birdy 30 yet, or want to try again, just a reminder that the Birdy 30 challenge runs through tomorrow eveing. Details are here. Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2014 at The Celery Farm & Beyond
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Will post a full list within 24 hours... Pretty good birding there today.... American Bittern was with some American Coots. Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2014 at The Celery Farm & Beyond
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Our guide, Gabriel Willow of NYC Audubon, found this Black-throated Green, two Black-throated Blues, a Common Raven and 28 other species on this morning's Second-Sunday walk. Will post more pix and a full list (for those who are interested) later. Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2014 at The Celery Farm & Beyond
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My latest column in The Record and Herald News is a new Birdy 30 contest. Please enter -- it's a lot of fun, and it's free, and you don't have to see the most bird species to be one of... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2014 at The Celery Farm & Beyond
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Eight days ago, 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? We had all sorts of answers -- from... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2014 at The Celery Farm & Beyond
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Tomorrow (Tuesday) could be a big day for open space in New Jersey. Voters have a chance to finally create a permanent funding source for the state's depleted Green Acres program -- a program that has included funding for our... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2014 at The Celery Farm & Beyond
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What's going on in this picture? Photographed the last weekend in October in Highland, N.Y. Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2014 at The Celery Farm & Beyond
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Stiles Thomas dares you to I.D. both birds in this dramatic photo, taken last winter in Bergen County by Robert Helder.Clicking on photo makes it a bit larger. (Thanks, Stiles and especially Robert!) Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2014 at The Celery Farm & Beyond
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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 Oct 31, 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 Memorial Library in Allendale. And it's free. The program begins at 7 p.m. Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2014 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 Oct 27, 2014 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