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Jim Wright
Northern New Jersey
I am a writer and blogger with an environmental bent, author of "The Real James Bond" and on the council of the New Jersey Chapter of The Nature Conservancy. I write "The Bird Watcher" column for The Record of northern New Jersey.
Interests: James Bond, Birds, nature, conservation, history, natural history, photography, screech owls, the Caribbean, West Indies, Bahamas, Jamaica, Cuba, Belize
Recent Activity
My friends at The Nature Conservancy have a livestreaming cam in a Purple Martin box at Cape May Meadows. There are five eggs, and I am told they may hatch soon. You can watch the live stream on YouTube above.... Continue reading
Posted 7 hours ago at Celery Farm and Beyond
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Just returned from Mount Desert Island, with a Monday mystery or two, an upcoming Zoom talk and a list of my favorite attractions -- from a carving museum to a library that has all of Carroll Tyson's prints on display... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Celery Farm and Beyond
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On Monday I asked: Who is the subject of this painting? Why should you care? Clue: You may have seen this somewhere in Bergen County.... Diane Louie answered correctly: Lucine Lorrimer, who bequeathed her property to NJ Audubon ("Lorrimer Sanctuary"... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Celery Farm and Beyond
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A shout-out to Lisa Safier and Patty Finn for their recent Butterfly Garden work, and to Liam Conroy and Bruce Davis for their mowing of the Green Way path, around Phairs Pond and around the Butterfly Garden. (I know, I... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Celery Farm and Beyond
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My column for The Record and other USA Today newspapers in New Jersey is all about Purple Martins -- and where you can see these wonderful birds this summer -- from Bergen County to Cape May. You can read it... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Celery Farm and Beyond
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My next free Real James Bond Zoom talk is this Monday (June 14) from 5 to 6 p.m. I'll be speaking at the MDI Science Cafe about Bond, his uncle (the famous painter Carroll Tyson) and their long history with the birds of Mount Desert Island -- from Tyson's renowned fine-arts prints to their unique field guide the island's birds. Tyson's prints sell for thousands of dollars and are highly sought-after. One of my favorites is the Pileated Woodpecker print. (Saw one -- the print and the bird -- on MDI just last week!) The Science Cafe is sponsored by... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at The Real James Bond
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Who is the subject of this painting? Why should you care? Clue: You may have seen this somewhere in Bergen County.... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Celery Farm and Beyond
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On Monday I asked, This is one of the most collectible editions of Birds of the West Indies because it was featured in the 2002 007 movie, Die Another Day. Pierce Brosnan's James Bond poses as an ornithologist, carrying this... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2021 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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This little guy left the nest this morning before hopping around the ground and climbing a nearby tree, offering great looks to anyone who happened by. A parent was nearby to feed it. There are three youngsters in all at... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2021 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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This is one of the most collectible editions of Birds of the West Indies because it was featured in the 2002 007 movie, Die Another Day. Pierce Brosnan's James Bond poses as an ornithologist, carrying this book (with Bond's name... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2021 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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Photographer Jerry Barrack and I will be selling and signing Celery Farm books on Monday from 9 to 10 a.m. at the Celery Farm kiosk (Franklin Turnpike parking lot) to benefit the Friends of the Lee Memorial Library. But wait!... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2021 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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On Monday I asked: Can you I.D. this little guy, photographed in the Dead Zone at the CF earlier this month? I believe the correct answer is Swamp Sparrow. Congrats to Deedee Burnside and Rob Fanning for providing that answer... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2021 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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Due to the uncertain weather forecast for Sunday, photographer Jerry Barrack and I and singer-songwriter Stephanie Seymour are postponing our little sale of Celery Farm books and T-shirts and the CD "There Are Birds" on Sunday morning. It will just... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2021 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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Ian Fleming, who wrote the first 12 007 novels and two 007 short-story collections, was born on May 28, 1908. He wrote his first 007 novel and "lifted" ( his word) the name of Philadelphia ornithologist James Bond for his secret agent in early 1952. The two men for the first and only time at Goldeneye in Jamaica in February 1964. Above is the only known photo of the two men, taken by Mary Wickham Bond, James Bond's wife. Photo courtesy of the Rare Book Department, Free Library of Philadelphia. Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2021 at The Real James Bond
By popular demand, Stephanie Seymour will be on hand this Sunday at the Celery Farn kiosk from 9 to 10 a.m. to sell her terrific CD "There Are Birds" and talk music with fellow nature lovers. Jerry Barrack and I... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2021 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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American flags are flying on the lawn of Allendale's historic John Fell House for Memorial Day Weekend. John Fell was a Founding Father who led the local resistance against the British in Northern New Jersey and was a prisoner of... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2021 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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Photographer Jerry Barrack and I will be selling and signing Celery Farm books next Sunday to benefit the Friends of the Lee Memorial Library. We'll also sell Celery Farm T-shirts for $15 (two mediums are left, lots of larges, and... Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2021 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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My new column for The Record and other USA Today newspapers in New Jersey is all about the Garret Mountain bioblitz -- and related birding events -- two weeks from now. (A big thank you to Sandy Sorkin for the... Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2021 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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Can you I.D. this little guy, photographed in the Dead Zone at the CF earlier this month? Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2021 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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Today's Maine Sunday Telegram has an article on my book, birds, James Bond, and my three upcoming talks on Mount Desert Island. Staff writer Deirdre Fleming did a great job. You can read the article.here. Here's the newspaper's info on... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2021 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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Today's Maine Sunday Telegram has an article on my book, birds, James Bond, and my three upcoming talks on Mount Desert Island. Staff writer Deirdre Fleming did a great job. You can read the article.here. Here's the newspaper's info on the three talks: WRIGHT, JIM WRIGHT If you can never get enough of James Bond trivia – or birding in Maine, join author Jim Wright’s talks: • Northeast Harbor Library on June 2. Call 207-276-3333. • Acadia Birding Festival on June 6, Go to acadiabirdingfestival.com • The MDI Science Cafe on June 14. Go to mdibl.org Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2021 at The Real James Bond
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On Sunday, May 23, and Sunday, May 30, a few of us Fykers and nature lovers will be selling Celery Farm T-shirts, caps and books at the Franklin Turnpike entrance from 9 to 10 a.m. (Raindate: Memorial Day, 9 a.m.... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2021 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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Watch Out for Snapping Turtles at the Celery Farm. It's annual egg-laying time, so please drive carefully along Franklin Turnpike by the Celery Farm. Snapping Turtles may also be seen along the Celery Farm trails. Give them a wide berth.... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2021 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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Martin Prince shared this pic of some of the Pileated family at the Celery Farm this week. This is the first good look I've gotten at the twins. (I didn't even know there were (at least) two young'uns. Thanks, Martin! Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2021 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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On Sunday, May 30, a few of us Fykers and nature lovers will be selling Celery Farm T-shirts, caps and books at the Franklin Turnpike entrance from 9 to 10 a.m. (Raindate: Memorial Day, 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.) The... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2021 at Celery Farm and Beyond