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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.
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Seymour Drakes and I are taking a break. Please stay tuned. We shall return. Answer to the recent Monday Morning Mystery will be posted next week, theoretically. More on pishing here. Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at The Celery Farm and Beyond
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Bill Gent was at Allendale Borough Hall recently, and a staffer asked him to pass along this postcard, addressed to Fyke c/o Borough Hall. On the back of the postcard was the following message: Hey, Fyke peeps. Down here with... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2016 at The Celery Farm and Beyond
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Another month, another mystery. Can you identify this historic Allendale house, and where was located? A big clue is in the painting, which hangs in the Fell House, across from the Celery Farm on Franklin Turnpike. Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2016 at The Celery Farm and Beyond
My friend Sol is taking care of it.
Toggle Commented Jan 31, 2016 on Celery Farm at Dusk at The Celery Farm and Beyond
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Took these shots last week, when the Celery Farm had a golden glow. The area by the Pirie-Mayhood Tower was especially serene. Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2016 at The Celery Farm and Beyond
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Earlier this week I posted photos of taken in our backyard leading to the Celery Farm and asked readers what was making these strange, widely spaced tracks. They were roughly 8 inches long and 5 inches wide, and the distance... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2016 at The Celery Farm and Beyond
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Visited High Mountain this week but trails were closed because of the snow (and rocks underneath). Did take a photo of this bucolic stream. Now I just have to look up what "Bucolic" means. Usually anything having to do with... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2016 at The Celery Farm and Beyond
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The January 2016 issue of New Jersey has a terrific four-page spread with my article on the Bald Eagle's comeback in New Jersey -- from one failing nest in the 1970s (above) to more than 160 active nests statewide today.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2016 at The Celery Farm and Beyond
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Don Torino's latest column is on the beauty of birches. Here's the beginning: Robert Frost wrote in his poem “Birches” that “one could do worse than be a swinger of birches.” As much value as birch trees might be to... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2016 at The Celery Farm and Beyond
Best time to see a Bald Eagle or two is late afternoon or early morning. Cam has infrared; I have seen the eagles on the nest just before daybreak. In years past, the female begins laying eggs just past the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2016 at The Celery Farm and Beyond
Randal, you had me for a second. The marsh warden and I sometimes get questions like that! :-)
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My latest column for The Record and Herald News is about one of my favorite places in the Meadowlands -- Mill Creek Marsh in Secaucus. The link is here. I took the photo of the Northern Harrier above on New... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2016 at The Celery Farm and Beyond
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The goal now is to get a photo with a leg band showing. I see two adult Red-shoulders together, and by themselves. Also hear them a lot. Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2016 at The Celery Farm and Beyond
Julie, Thanks. It all adds up. I think you are right.
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Yesterday afternoon I posted photos of taken in our backyard leading to the Celery Farm. The three prevalent theories were snowshoes (which no one used in my yard that I know of), deer (just too big and inconsistent with all... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2016 at The Celery Farm and Beyond
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Some shots while cross-country skiing at the Celery Farm, for folks looking at the blog from out of state. Cross-country skis are probably the best way to get around the preserve these days. Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2016 at The Celery Farm and Beyond
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What made these weird tracks leading to the Celery Farm? They are roughly 8 inches long. (Not a joke...) Found in the backyard this morning. I eliminated Sasquatch on general principles. (I do have some standards.) Your theories most welcome. Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2016 at The Celery Farm and Beyond
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A huge thank you to the Allendale DPW for plowing the Fell House property and the Celery Farm parking lot. You guys are the best! Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2016 at The Celery Farm and Beyond
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Photographed while cross-country skiing, this morning, near No-Name Culvert. Approx. 10 in all, eating the berries. Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2016 at The Celery Farm and Beyond
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See anything? Photographed last Thursday. Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2016 at The Celery Farm and Beyond
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I'm guessing the alleged blizzard has morphed into a steady snow. Went out to the point to check on Lake Appert. It is still there. Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2016 at The Celery Farm and Beyond
Will post more info when I get it...
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Not a creature was stirring, not even a hockey player. Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2016 at The Celery Farm and Beyond
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Folks at last night's High Mountain talk at Bergen County Audubon wondered where they might download a copy of Wayne Township's map to the 1,260-acre preserve. Wonder no more. Just click here. (Thanks to the Trail Conference's Chris Connolly for... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2016 at The Celery Farm and Beyond