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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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The Fyke Nature Association is offering a free guided walk at the Celery Farm in Allendale this Saturday, Sept. 5, at 8 a.m. The walk, led by Marsh Warden Mike Limatola and Deputy Warden Jim Wright, is for nature-lovers of... Continue reading
Posted 8 hours ago at The Celery Farm and Beyond
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Photo by Jeri Kratina The Record's Rich Cowen has a nifty story about a Red-tailed Hawk that was found badly injured in Clifton in the spring of 2014 and taken to The Raptor Trust. The Raptor Trust managed to save... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at The Celery Farm and Beyond
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Alice Leurck writes: I had photographed this weed along Parnell's Path on 7/25/2015, and fleetingly wondered what it was. Never got around to trying to figure it out. There it was at Teaneck Creek, and Don Torino identified it as... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at The Celery Farm and Beyond
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Rob Fanning's recent three-day sighting of a Louisiana Waterthrush got folks scouring the Celery Farm on Saturday morning. Alice Leurck was able to photograph this waterthrush, the Louisiana's northern cousin. More on IDing Louisiana Waterthrushes here. (Thanks, Rob and Alice!) Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at The Celery Farm and Beyond
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The calendar says the full moon was August 29 (photo above taken at the free concert at Crestwood Lake, with the slightest cloud cover. Nice jazz band.) The charts say the moon is fuller in Aug. 30. Both are right,... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at The Celery Farm and Beyond
Don Torino's latest column for the Meadowlands Nature Blog is on the annual late-summer changing birdscape there. Here's a sample: "The skies even look different now for those who take the time to look beyond the turnpike traffic and the... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at The Celery Farm and Beyond
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My latest column for The Record and Herald News is about the fall hawk migration and the best local places to watch it. Featured this year is the Stateline Lookout in Alpine. The link is here. Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at The Celery Farm and Beyond
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Took a two-hour NJSEA pontoon boat trip with The Nature Conservancy earlier this week -- a prefect night for a ride on the river. Here are a few pix -- Osprey doing some housekeeping at its nest on the Lift... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at The Celery Farm and Beyond
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Sally Teschon writes: Is it usual that Woodpeckers are drinking from hummingbird feeders? (See photo above.) It was news to me, but apparently not uncommon. Link is here. Thanks, Sally! Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at The Celery Farm and Beyond
Thanks. Paul John, a gentleman on the Moths of the Eastern United States Facebook Page thought it might be a Catocala palaeogama... I'll just say it's likely an underwing... Much appreciated.
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Photographed this morning in High Mountain Park Preserve. Thank you. Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at The Celery Farm and Beyond
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Elena Tartaglia (right) and two of her students from Bergen Community College -- Vincent Chisvette and Isaac Alejo --did some stream sampling at the Celery Farm last week for a class. They were looking for invertebrates, and found Dragonfly larva... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at The Celery Farm and Beyond
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The Fyke Nature Association is offering a free guided walk at the Celery Farm in Allendale on Saturday, Sept. 5, at 8 a.m. The walk, led by Marsh Warden Mike Limatola and Deputy Warden Jim Wright, is for nature-lovers of... Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2015 at The Celery Farm and Beyond
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Ginny Chucka writes: Spotted this bird deep in the woods of West Milford/Clinton Reservoir area yesterday. I see blue feet and a nice strip on its eye... My bird book's coming up with a Black-whiskered Vireo, but it's not found... Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2015 at The Celery Farm and Beyond
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Alice Leurck submitted this MMM last week-- one of my favorite insects. Don't see it very often at the CF, where she took these recent pix. Deedee Burnside ID'd it correctly -- a Cicada Killer. More on CKs here. (Thanks,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2015 at The Celery Farm and Beyond
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Elena Tartaglia, the National Moth Week whiz who teaches at Bergen Community College, did some stream sampling with two of her students by the Brotherton Bridge on Friday. Full post next week. In the meantime, wanted to post one of... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2015 at The Celery Farm and Beyond
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Alice Leurck writes: This guy was hanging out right next to the path to the Warden's Watch last week. Not even cropped! That's how close he was. If he becomes a nuisance, please let me know. Thanks, Alice! Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2015 at The Celery Farm and Beyond
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Deedee Burnside reports that a female Monarch "is laying eggs all over my yard on the Milkweed!!" Went outside to see if I had any such action -- and saw a Monarch fluttering around my backyard and nearby the Celery... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2015 at The Celery Farm and Beyond
One of my favorite places is the Meadowlands, and one of my favorite birds is the Peregrine, which not long ago was extirpated east of the Mississippi River. Don Torino, a friend of this blog, writes about both in his... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2015 at The Celery Farm and Beyond
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Alice Leurck writes: Eastern Tailed-Blue in "Fred's Meadow" on the grasses 8/13/2015, Celery Farm. One of my favorite butterflies. Of course, I was lucky to get it, and it did not open its wings. (Thanks, Alice!) Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2015 at The Celery Farm and Beyond
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Alice Leurck submitted this MMM -- one of my favorite insects. Don't see it very often at the CF, where she took these pix last week. What is it? (Thanks, Alice!) Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2015 at The Celery Farm and Beyond
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The view from Mount Peter, circa 1910 Judy Cinquina, esteemed coordinator of the Mount Peter Hawk Watch, writes: The Mount Peter Hawk Watch will begin its 58th consecutive fall count Tuesday, Sept. 1 and will run daily from 9 a.m.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2015 at The Celery Farm and Beyond
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Patrick Carney was nice enough to share some of his Fell House Moth Night photos with us -- and ID them as wekk. Pretty awesome. (Thanks, Patrick! Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2015 at The Celery Farm and Beyond
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The Record did not have room for a sidebar I wrote about birding Machu Picchu, so thought I'd post it here. Machu Picchu lies at the heart of a 80,000-acre historic sanctuary, which features lots of excellent birding and a... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2015 at The Celery Farm and Beyond
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My latest column for The Record and Herald News is about birding at Machu Picchu in Peru. The link is here. Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2015 at The Celery Farm and Beyond