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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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Marsh Warden Mike Limatola and I are a leading a 90-minute nature walk around the Celery Farm Saturday morning at 8 a.m. Target birds: Red-breasted Nuthatch and any warblers passing through. Mike and I also saw a (dead) Star-nosed Mole,... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Celery Farm and Beyond
Tom Mitchell writes: Now that the sun sets earlier and the days are cooler, we are switching from after dinner to morning walks at the Celery Farm. The wood ducks show up so much better in the morning light and... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Celery Farm and Beyond
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When I give presentations about High Mountain, a question regarding snakes often comes up. The short answer is always, "Yes, High Mountain has snakes, including Copperheads, but I have walked the trails many times over several years and never encountered so much as aGarter Snake.." I stand corrected. Saw my first High Mountain Eastern Garter Snake on a hike on Saturday, near the Red Trail entrance on Reservoir Drive in North Haledon. The snake was more afraid of me than I was of it, but I gave it a wide berth. For more on snakes in New Jersey, and what... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at The High Mountain Blog
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Mary Lane, a friend of the Celery Farm, reports a home visitation by a Sharp-shinned Hawk this afternoon. It stayed for 20 minutes, until "he took off like a shot after a small bird." She took these pix with a... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Celery Farm and Beyond
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Mike Flom saw this waterfowl swimming near the Pirie-Mayhood Tower this past weekend. What is it? I'm guessing that it's either easy or a trick. Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Celery Farm and Beyond
Oct. 1 (Saturday) Celery Farm Guided Walk This two-hour walk is for nature-lovers of all ages and birders of all levels. We'll look for bugs and weird plants as well as our feathered friends. Meet at 8 a.m.. at Green... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Celery Farm and Beyond
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I found this young (native) Painted Turtle in my driveway yesterday afternoon after nearly stepping on him. Celery Farm Marsh Warden Mike Limatola carried the youngster to the stream/ditch behind my house and set the little guy free. Again, a... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Celery Farm and Beyond
Carol Flanagan writes: Saw this on Facebook. The Tutu Project at the Celery Farm, seen in the beginning of the video and towards the end. The Celery Farm segments were filmed some years ago, Mike was there, but I never... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Celery Farm and Beyond
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I am doing four illustrated talks about High Mountain in North Jersey next month -- focusing on the summit, Franklin Clove, rare bats and even rarer Wild Turduckens. You can read more here. Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Celery Farm and Beyond
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It just wouldn't leave. That's the Celery Farm -- just looks like a bayou. Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2016 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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Want to learn more about amazing High Mountain? I am giving four free illustrated talks about High Mountain in October, starting on Tuesday, Oct, 4. Here's the info. Nature writer/photographer Jim Wright is giving several talks in October about the coolest aspects of 1,260-acre High Mountain in nearby Wayne -- the summit, the Franklin Clove, rare bats and more. As a bonus, he will also give a reading of his new ground-breaking tale about an amazing seldom-seen bird that lives on the summit (featuring illustrations by Miwa Ishikawa of William Paterson University). The rest of the entertaining talk and slide... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2016 at The High Mountain Blog
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My latest column is about Frank Gill, an ornithologist who has achieved some amazing accomplishments over his incredible career. Gill, who is speaking at Bergen County Audubon Society's 75th anniversary dinner tonight, is originally from Teaneck, and he turnds 75... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2016 at Celery Farm and Beyond
September 23, 2016 - 8 PM Allendale Borough Hall, 500 W. Crescent Ave., Allendale Donald "Doc" Bayne: Reading the Woods What is living in the woods? How do you know what is there or what is not there? You just... Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2016 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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On Monday, I asked what kind of feather this is. I had found the tiny feather on a walk around the Celery Farm last week, amid reports of Black-and-white Warbler sightings. I immediately thought: Black-and-white Warbler. Upon further review, and... Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2016 at Celery Farm and Beyond
It was the same quarter in both photos, taken just 15 minutes apart. A very fast-growing turtle... :- )
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Just finished two loops around the Celery Farm, on the lookout for marauding Snapping Turtles. Lo and behold, I saw a tiny guy between No-Name Culvert and Kickypoo Corner on my first loop. I noticed a quarter next to him,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2016 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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Due to popular demand, October 29's Franklin Clove Walk has filled up quickly. I am now starting a waiting list in case any participants cancel. Here's the info: Saturday, Oct, 29, 10 a.m. Franklin Clove Walk, Wayne/Franklin Lakes -- In memory of wonderful local historian Jim Longo, Fyke's Jim Wright is leading a free walk to High Mountain's historic Franklin Clove, a ravine where Lenape Native Americans wintered more than 300 years ago. Jim W. will talk a little about the history and geology of this amazing spot -- including nearby ancient rock shelters and Buttermilk Falls. (You need to... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2016 at The High Mountain Blog
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Due to popular demand, October 29's Franklin Clove Walk has filled up quickly. I am now starting a waiting list in case any participants cancel. Here's the info: Saturday, Oct, 29, 10 a.m. Franklin Clove Walk, Wayne/Franklin Lakes -- In... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2016 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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Have you hiked to the summit of High Mountain in Wayne? If so, have you spotted any Wild Turduckens? Photos would be greatly appreciated, since sightings have been scattered and unreliable. (Just email them to me in care of this... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2016 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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Have you hiked to the summit of High Mountain in Wayne? If so, have you spotted any Wild Turduckens? Photos would be greatly appreciated, since sightings have been scattered and unreliable. (Just email them to me in care of this blog.) Speaking of Turduckens, I just wrote a story about these strange birds for Autumn Years Magazine, and I'll be speaking about them in my upcoming talks about High Mountain. The link to my article is here. (Warning: includes a recipe.) I will post a list of upcoming talks soon. Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2016 at The High Mountain Blog
For folks who love local history in general and High Mountain in particular, the sudden passing of Franklin Lakes and Wyckoff historian Jim Longo last month came as a shock and great loss. Jim used to lead an annual walk to the Franklin Clove, and Jim graciously took me to the Franklin Clove a couple of times when I was researching High Mountain. On one of our walks, Jim gave me a copy of the video he and his daughter Lauren did about Franklin Clove several years ago. With the Longo family's permission, I have posted it on YouTube so... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2016 at The High Mountain Blog
Marie Longo of Bergen County Audubon Society writes: We tagged that Monarch on August 26 at DeKorte. We are surprised he is still in the area. Could be 2 reasons why, plenty of nectar sources and plenty of females to... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2016 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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Sandee Faust photographed this tagged Monarch at DeKorte Park on Saturday. Although it has a University of Kansas e-mail address, it could have been released anywhere, including .... DeKorte Park. Marie? Will let you know more when we hear anything.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2016 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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I am leading a free guided walk to historic Franklin Clove on Saturday, Oct. 29 for the Fyke Nature Association. (I am also doing a free talk about the clove and summit of High Mountain at the Fyke meeting on Friday night, Oct. 28.) It's an amazing place, filled with great history and geology lessons. Prehistoric humans lived there in rock shelters thousands of years ago. The Lenape wintered here in the late 1600s. And the clove itself is a narrow ravine made of basalt. We'll also visit a nearby waterfall. Note: It is a short walk -- well under... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2016 at The High Mountain Blog
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I am leading a free guided walk to historic Franklin Clove on Saturday, Oct. 29 for the Fyke Nature Association. (I am also doing a free talk about the clove and summit of High Mountain at the Fyke meeting on... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2016 at Celery Farm and Beyond