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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
I went back with Patty in the afternoon, and we had Silver-spotted Skippers, Pearl Crescents, a smaller skipper (Dun), and just missed a Red Admiral that a jogger had blundered past while two folks were trying to photograph. Sunshine and warmer temps can make a difference. Saw a Comma on Friday afternoon but not again on Saturday. Thanks for the report.
Toggle Commented 3 days ago on Butterfly Walk! at The Celery Farm & Beyond
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Apparently the butterflies did not get the memo about the Fyke Nature Association's annual Tom Burr Memorial Butterfly Walk, because those winged wonders were few and far between. Stars of the morning were definitely the clear-winged moths. We had nice... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at The Celery Farm & Beyond
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Fyke's annual Tom Burr Memorial Butterfly Walk is this Saturday, July 19, at 10:30 a.m. We meet at the Green Way entrance. The walk is named for Tom Burr, the late Fyke member, naturalist and photographer, who led this walk... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at The Celery Farm & Beyond
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Tuesday's New York Times has a great Op-ed article about the causes of the catastrophic Honeybee colony collapse and the steps needed to turn the tide. The link is here. Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at The Celery Farm & Beyond
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More than two dozen readers responded to a recent request for folks to share their favorite "simple pleasures" of birding. Great crestedflycatcher, photographedby Mary AnnBattersbyof Ringwood. The wonderful variety of their memories speaks to the wide allure of a pastime... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at The Celery Farm & Beyond
Patty Finn (my wife) writes: I was out back [next to the Celery Farm] and heard birds screaming. I looked up and a bunch of robins, red bellies and catbirds were going crazy. I looked down and there was a... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at The Celery Farm & Beyond
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A family-oriented local day-trips website recently contacted Fyke Nature Association about advice for visiting the Celery Farm for the first time. Below are some of the tips we offered to ensure that all visitors have an enjoyable time. Do you... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at The Celery Farm & Beyond
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Fyke's annual Tom Burr Memorial Butterfly Walk is this Saturday, July 19, at 10:30 a.m. We meet at the Green Way entrance. The walk is named for Tom Burr, the late Fyke member, naturalist and photographer, who led this walk... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at The Celery Farm & Beyond
The answer is: "Beetles in the lint basket." What is the question? The question is: What do you get after you wash the white sheets you used to attract moths for Moth Night? National Moth Week officially starts on Saturday.... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at The Celery Farm & Beyond
The answer is: "Beetles in the lint basket." What is the question? National Moth Week officially starts on Saturday. Link is here. Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at The Celery Farm & Beyond
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Lee Shand was nice enough to share his dramatic shot of Lake Appert. Thanks, Lee! Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2014 at The Celery Farm & Beyond
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The photo above is of a female Blinded Sphinx Moth, which I released near the Celery Farm on Saturday night. Long story short: Earlier in the day, I got a phone message about a pair of mating Blinded Sphinx Moths... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2014 at The Celery Farm & Beyond
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Fyke's annual Tom Burr Memorial Butterfly Walk is this Saturday, July 19, at 10:30 a.m. We meet at the Green Way entrance. The walk is named for Tom Burr, the late Fyke member, naturalist and photographer, who led this walk... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2014 at The Celery Farm & Beyond
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Marie Longo of Bergen County Audubon Society passed along some more Moth Ball shots, and Barbara Dilger of the Fyke Nature Association shared one of Stiles and Lillian Thomas with my wife, Patty. The new album is in the right-hand... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2014 at The Celery Farm & Beyond
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If you click on one of the first links (labeled Allendale Moth Ball 2014) on the right side of this blog, you'll see a variety of photos from the event, taken by Alejandra Segura Sanz. Above is a shot of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2014 at The Celery Farm & Beyond
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A big thank you to the more than 100 folks who participated in the third annual Allendale Moth Ball. We had a late-arriving guest who seemed to enjoy posing for photos, and I thought I'd post one now. Will post... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2014 at The Celery Farm & Beyond
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The Allendale Moth Ball is proud to announce that Liti Haramaty, a co-founder of National Moth Week, will be attending tonight's festivities. An interview with Liti regarding the upcoming Meadowlands Moth Night in Lyndhurst is here. More about National Moth... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2014 at The Celery Farm & Beyond
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The Allendale Moth Ball is tonight from 8:30 to 10:30 In Crestwood Park, 300 W. Crescent Ave…. We will be in the Red Barn pavilion in the back… Drive into the park, past the cupola and go about a quarter... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2014 at The Celery Farm & Beyond
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Lesser Maple Spanworm Moth Set up the moth lights at the Red Barn at Crestwood Park on Wednesday night to see what might turn up. Had quite a few moths, ladybugs, beetles and fireflies in the hour or so I... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2014 at The Celery Farm & Beyond
Thanks, Deedee! Here's one from last year... http://celeryfarm.net/2013/06/moths-moths-moths.html
Don Torino's latest column for wildnewjersey.tv is about the amazing wildlife right in your own backyard -- like the jumping spider above (photo by Patrick Carney). The link is here. Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2014 at The Celery Farm & Beyond
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Can you ID this moth? Its name was on the tip of my tongue. Don't forget: The Moth Ball is Friday. Details here. Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2014 at The Celery Farm & Beyond
We have massaged the lyrics of the Shirley Temple classic, "At the Codfish Ball," so they can be sung (preferably by you) at the third annual Allendale Moth Ball on Friday night... if the awesome After Hours Band is willing.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2014 at The Celery Farm & Beyond
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Frank Smith writes: Quite a family of mink here. Five that I counted, 2 adults 3 young. I am so blessed by God to have been able to witness them playing for 5 min. Very happy!! Taken today 7/5/14 around... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2014 at The Celery Farm & Beyond
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On the first morning of summer, several birding-related emails arrived lickety-split -- and inspired a request for you later in this column. * First, a Ramsey birder sent this email to my local nature group: “While in my yard yesterday,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2014 at The Celery Farm & Beyond