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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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I know there's been at least one adult Black-crowned Night Heron hanging around the south end of Lake Appert, but I was pleasantly surprised to see a young one here as well. According to the CF bird checklist, they do... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Celery Farm and Beyond
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In researching the banded Canada Goose, I came across the above. Who knew a butt-end band would be put on a leg?? Kind of elegant in their own way. Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Celery Farm and Beyond
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Toward the end of every school year, I visit Mrs .Jones' elementary school class in Newburgh, N.Y. to read "Duck Enough to Fly," "Icky the Hungry Heron," and "Swan Babies." After the readings and discussion, student got their choice of... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Celery Farm and Beyond
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On Sunday morning, after photographing all nine numbers on the brass band adorning the Canada Goose pictured above, I submitted the information to the nation Bird Banding Lab in Maryland and gotten an instantaneous reply. Turns out that Canada Goose... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Celery Farm and Beyond
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When I noticed that the flock of molting Canada Geese was still hanging out by the Warden's Watch this morning, I returned with my telephoto lens and managed to record all nine numbers on the band. I then sent the... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Celery Farm and Beyond
RED LETTER DAY After a really good day of birding, I hear a lot of folks say that it was "a red-letter day." What does it mean, and where did it come from? (Try not to Google it...) Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Celery Farm and Beyond
I got the missing band number... Posting more info tomorrow... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Celery Farm and Beyond
Sounds like it mgh be different name for the same stuff. I am told this is the scientific symbol for squaw root: √
Toggle Commented 6 days ago on Half a Mystery Answered at Celery Farm and Beyond
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Mike Buckley mowed the path through Green Way field, around the Butterfly Garden, and along Parnell's Path (to keep it wide). Deputy Warden Gaby Schmitt has been attacking the phrags! (Thanks, Mike and Gaby!) Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Celery Farm and Beyond
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Last week, Bill Kempey mentioned that a Canada Goose with a band on its left leg was among all the geese (and two Mute Swans) hanging out at the Warden's Watch. When I saw that the geese were still around... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Celery Farm and Beyond
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Give Ken Wiegand a big shout-out for repairing the long-broken bridge to the north of Barbara's Bog. It was never easy to use after it had split in two (see below), and heavy rains made it unusable altogether.' Now it... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Celery Farm and Beyond
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On Monday, I offered a doubleheader from a recent Slabsides visit. (Click on pic for better views.) Kurt Muenz's recent damselfly/dragonfly talk for Fyke rekindled my interest in these cool insects, and this damselfly looked cool, even if I only... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Celery Farm and Beyond
Just a reminder that there's no Celery Farm work detail today. If you can volunteer mowing the Green Way path and the grass around the Butterfly Garden with our cordless electric mower or cut Phragmites overgrowth with our cordless electric... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Celery Farm and Beyond
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My new column for The Record is all about Baltimore Orioles. We saw them all the time last month, but now... Featuring photos by Ron Shields. (Check out the nest shot below!) The link is here. Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2018 at Celery Farm and Beyond
In case you missed it, Marc Chelemer filed the following Jersey Birds report about High Mountain, one of my favorite places. (Thanks, Marc!) After I finish teaching on Tuesdays, I usually have an hour or so to go birding, and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2018 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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The Canada Geese have decided to molt on the peninsula leading to the Warden's Watch, so watch your step. Bill Kempey noted that the Canada Goose shown above is banded. Can anyone get a photo, so we can see where... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2018 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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It's blooming just south of the Butterfly Garden today, and it's beautiful. Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2018 at Celery Farm and Beyond
We've decided to cancel the work detail on Saturday (June 13). Thanks to some Allendale eight-graders, the Black Rail Trail has been wood-chipped, and it's a little late to pull garlic mustard. We are now looking for volunteers to trim... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2018 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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This doubleheader is from my recent Slabsides visit. (Click on pix for better views.) Kurt Muenz's recent damselfly/dragonfly talk for Fyke rekindled my interest in these cool insects, and this damselfly looked cool, even if I only had a point-and-shoot... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2018 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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I'd like to think it was just flossing, not stealing the string. Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2018 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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On Monday I asked if anyone could I.D. the fossils embedded in this large rock, which was found in either Upper Saddle River or Franklin Lakes. Rick Radis replied: "Looks like a crinoid stem. And perhaps some brachiopods with it."... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2018 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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It's blooming in the Celery Farm now, and it's quite pretty. If only we could get the deer to eat it. Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2018 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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Always encouraging to see. I seldom see them with wings open.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2018 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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A while back, I had an opportunity to buy a magazine article about John Burroughs' celery business, by Burroughs' son Julian. I have scanned it and am attaching it here for anyone who'd care to read it. Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2018 at Celery Farm and Beyond