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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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The land at the base of Buttermilk Falls in High Mountain off Scioto Drive was looking a little scruffy -- overgrown with weeds, and branches and logs strewn everywhere. Not to mention the slight drainage problem. Thanks to a phalanx... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Celery Farm and Beyond
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My latest post for The Nature Conservancy's New Jersey Blog is a write-up on hiking the 1,260-acre High Mountain Park Preserve in winter. The preserve located in Wayne and North Haledon. The link is here, with plenty of other High... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Celery Farm and Beyond
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One of the many highlights of Saturday's Bald Eagle event at Historic new Bridge Landing -- besides the terrific talks and nature browsing -- was this squadron of Bald Eagle mini cupcakes. Does anyone have the recipe I could share... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Celery Farm and Beyond
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I will givea free talk about the Celery Farm Natural Area and nearby historic John Fell House in at the Bergen County Audubon Society on Wednesday ( Jan. 18). I'll discuss the history of the Celery Farm and the Fell... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Celery Farm and Beyond
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What is this and where is this? And, no, it is not a rock pigeon. Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Celery Farm and Beyond
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In doing the next post below, I switched on the live YouTube feed for the Duke Farms nest, and Bingo! Commenters seem to think this is the mom. Link to streaming video is here. Until the nest becomes more active,... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Celery Farm and Beyond
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Just a reminder that the Bergen County Historical Society and Bergen Audubon are hosting a free eagle festival today from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Historic New Bridge Landing in River Edge. I have written quite a bit about... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Celery Farm and Beyond
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On a Friday the 13th many years ago, I posted a link to a webpage that talked about superstitions about birds, including some stories about Lucille Ball, who must have been a real bird-phobe because she refused to stay any... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Celery Farm and Beyond
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On Monday, I asked, "What is the 'Mother' with you?" And got lots of replies, the first and most definitive from Carol Flanagan, who wrote: from http://www.wisegeek.org/what-is-mother-of-vinegar.htm Mother of vinegar is the slimy, gummy, jelly-like substance or layer of film... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Celery Farm and Beyond
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My latest column for The Record is all about this Saturday's first-ever Bald Eagle event at Historic New Bridge Landing in River Edge from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The link is here. (The photo of Alice the nesting Ridgefield... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Celery Farm and Beyond
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As I peered out the picture window this morning, I saw a Red-shouldered Hawk fly in and perch in the backyard (a fairly frequent occurrence of late). I ran to get my camera and was able to get off two... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Celery Farm and Beyond
When I used to work in the Meadowlands, I liked to stop by Tessie McNamara Park on Clay Avenue to see if any interesting shorebirds or waders had dropped in. There's a little observation deck overlooking a small patch of... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2017 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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To celebrate Eagle Day this Saturday at New Bridge Landing, I thought I'd share these photos of Bald Eagles that Steve Ceragno took on Sunday on Bell Drive, Ridgefield, opposite the Overpeck nest. (Thanks, Steve! Pretty cool.) Two of the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2017 at Celery Farm and Beyond
What a terrific impromptu Birdy 30 contest yesterday, with at total of 16 entries. After some consideration, the judges have decided to award two first prizes. Sorry for the lengthy text, but what else do you have to do on... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2017 at Celery Farm and Beyond
Posted Jan 9, 2017 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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Bergen County Audubon held their annual Eagle Awareness Day this afternoon on Bell Drive in Ridgefield, just across the Overpeck from the nest of Bald Eagles Al and Alice. At least four Bald Eagles flew in for the festivities. John... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2017 at Celery Farm and Beyond
We had 15 entries altogether, and several surprises. Will post the winners on Monday, noon, immediately following the inquest. Congrats to all who entered! Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2017 at Celery Farm and Beyond
XIII It was evening all afternoon. It was snowing And it was going to snow. The blackbird sat In the cedar-limbs. -- Wallace Stevens Just seemed like a good time to post this. Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2017 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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With the dreary weather and all, Stiles suggests a Birdy 30 for tomorrow -- who can see the most bird species from one vantage point in a half hour. Any takers? Ladies and gentlemen, start your feeders... You can e-mail... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2017 at Celery Farm and Beyond
Thanks. Stiles will be interested in hearing this...
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I am pleased to announce that I will be giving a free talk about the Celery Farm Natural Area and nearby historic John Fell House in at the Bergen County Audubon Society on Wednesday, Jan.18. I'll discuss the history of... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2017 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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Stiles Thomas reports the flock of Wild Turkeys that frequent the Thomas back yard can be very aggressive when predatory mammals are on their turf. On one recent occasion, the turkeys encircled a coyote that had wandered into the yard,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2017 at Celery Farm and Beyond
Some potentially good news about Al and Alice, the Bald Eagles nesting in Ridgefield Park. A link to Scott Fallon's article in The Record is here. The Record video is above. Bergen Audubon is holding its annual “Save the Eagles... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2017 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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On Monday, Tom Mitchell wrote: Walking around the "lake" [last week], we saw a snail shell on the ice a couple of feet from the shore and a couple of feet from a small hole in the ice. This was... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2017 at Celery Farm and Beyond
Ouch. :- )