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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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Tom Mitchell reported a Bald Eagle at the Celery Farm this morning in dreary weather (photo above). This afternoon, on a muddy walk around, I stopped at the Pirie-Mayhood Tower and saw the adult Bald Eagle perched above the Warden's... Continue reading
Posted 13 minutes ago at Celery Farm and Beyond
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Join the Friends of the Fell House on Sunday from 11:30 am until 3:30 pm for a day of free history and Earth Day events. At 12:30 pm and 2:30 pm the Heard's Brigade will reenact patriot John Fell's arrest... Continue reading
Posted 35 minutes ago at Celery Farm and Beyond
Sunday, April 22 -- John Fell Arrest Reenactment & Fell House Earth Day Join the Friends of the Fell House on April 22 from 11:30 am until 3:30 pm for a day of free history and Earth Day events. At... Continue reading
Posted 6 hours ago at Celery Farm and Beyond
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I've seen plenty of Bald Eagles at Stateline Lookout in Alpine over the years, and I've seen plenty of Peregrine Falcons there as well, but I've never seen what Bill Tonner saw last week and posted on Facebook. Here is... Continue reading
Posted 9 hours ago at Celery Farm and Beyond
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My new column in The Record and Herald News is about Goffle Brook Park in Hawthorne and some of the cool birds I saw there. Three words: Eight Acre Woods. The link is here. Can you I.D. the four April... Continue reading
Posted 12 hours ago at Celery Farm and Beyond
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Now that the Warden's Watch Peninsula is no longer under water, I went to end of the peninsula to look for ducks today. A loud hiss woke me from my birding trance. It was the angry Canada Goose, sitting on... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Celery Farm and Beyond
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Walked around this a.m. Puddles a few, muddy a lot, but passable in rubber boots. Still cold. Thought I'd show pix of of the Pena Bench from Monday, yesterday and today to show how the water has receded in 48... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Celery Farm and Beyond
Thanks, Joe. Things are drying out. Trails need some work. We have adetail scheduled for 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 5.
On Thursday, Apri 12, I had my FOY (first of the year) American Bittern in the Celery Farm. On Friday, April 13, my FOY Pied-billed Grebe. On Saturday, April 14, my FOY Black-crowned Night Heron. On Sunday, April 15, I... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Celery Farm and Beyond
I did a quick video to show what the trails were like yesterday afternoon at the Celery Farm. Water in places was to the top of my calf. Will do another walk-around today, when water should have receded. Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Celery Farm and Beyond
It will recover, but trails are eroded big time.
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Did a couple of walks around the Celery Farm after the big storm. Trails took a major beating. Two bridges in the northern area, beyond Brotherton Bridge, took a hit and are unusable. That's the Pena Bench, above. Final shot... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Celery Farm and Beyond
Today's storm made much of the Celery Farm loop trail unpassable, with water on the path up to eight inches deep. Knee-high boots are a must for getting around. Will post pix in a bit. Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Celery Farm and Beyond
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Walt Staab sent along some of his American Bittern shots yesterday, and thought I'd post a few today -- in addition to this morning's bittrn mystery., (Thanks, Walt!) Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Celery Farm and Beyond
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When Walt Staab shared his amazing American Bittern photos with me yesterday, I noticed that several featured a most unusual meal. My gut tells me what the entree is, but would love your input. (Thanks, Walt!) Will post a portfolio... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Celery Farm and Beyond
The free Warbler Walk at the Celery Farm has been rescheduled for Saturday, April 28. Meet at the end of Green Way at 8 a.m. to look for spring arrivals. Birders of all levels are welcome! Leader: Gabriele Schmitt. Register... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Celery Farm and Beyond
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Walking around the CF this a.m, saw six Palm Warblers just south of the Limatola bench. Last Sunday, I saw the Palm Warbler above in Goffle Brook Park. Also seen at the Celery Farm -- my first Green Heron of.... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Celery Farm and Beyond
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Paul Sullivan writes: Ten of us were on the Pirie Platform at about 9 a.m. [Saturday] when the American bittern popped out of the phragmites right in front of us. At one point he was looking up at us looking... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Celery Farm and Beyond
The male flowers of a striped maple, encircled with stamens, which produce pollen. (Photo: Jennifer Blake-Mahmud/Special to NorthJersey.com) The Record's Jim O'Neill has a cool article on the sex life of trees (who knew?). Here's a sample: The trees —... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Celery Farm and Beyond
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In recent columns for The Record and Herald-News, I have offered readers free plans to build nest boxes for Eastern Bluebirds. The plans, by Stiles Thomas, are part of a 1959 article on attracting birds, which appeared in a Rodale... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Celery Farm and Beyond
Saw it at 6:30 a.m. and it was still there around 7:50, distant, by Pirie-Mayhood Tower Would love for someone to get a great shot. Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Celery Farm and Beyond
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Chris Takacs was nice enough to share this American Bittern shot from the Celery Farm, taken yesterday. (Thanks, Chris!) There are reports of two bitterns along Lake Appert. I saw one yesterday morning from the Warden's Watch, and another (possibly... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Celery Farm and Beyond
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If you're not familiar with the Fyke Nature Association, the wonderful volunteer group that helps with the Celery Farm, you need to check out their logo... (and join!) Deedee Burnside designed and drew the logo. It'll probably be the most... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Celery Farm and Beyond
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Alice Leurck writes: Thanks to Fred Weber's discovery and Karen Heifetz's instructions where to look, I was able to see the American Bittern today. Again, I had the nerve to take a distant photo of the bird on the East... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Celery Farm and Beyond
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Next Wednesday night (April 18), I'm giving a talk and slide show about the Celery Farm (and to a lesser extent, the Fell House) for the Allendale Garden Club. The talk is free and open to the public. It begins... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2018 at Celery Farm and Beyond