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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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Name that bird -- photographed at Duke Farms earlier this month. Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Celery Farm and Beyond
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Local Daisy Scouts visited the CF on Saturday and learned what poison ivy looks like -- and were treated to a surprise appearance by a cooperative frog right by the entrance. Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Celery Farm and Beyond
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Wanted everyone to know that the contents of Stiles and Lillian Thomas' house will be on sale for another day (Saturday) at 30 Louise Court in Allendale (end of the cul de sac, on right). Lots of memories, too, all... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Celery Farm and Beyond
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My new column is all about knitted bird nests for orphaned and injured birds. A heart-warming story... You can read it here. Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Celery Farm and Beyond
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My column in The Record today is all about the knitted nests created for orphaned and injured birds. It's an amazing story of ingenuity and volunteerism. Here's the beginning: Each spring, tens of thousands of orphaned baby birds nationwide keep... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Celery Farm and Beyond
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Wanted everyone to know that the contents of Stiles and Lillian Thomas' house go on sale tomorrow and Friday at 30 Louise Court in Allendale (end of the cul de sac, on right). Lots of memories, too, all priceless. Visiting... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2019 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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Went for a nice hike at the John Burrough Nature Preserve and attended a fund-raiser for Slabsides, John Burroughs' rustic cabin in West Park in the southern Catskills on Sunday Weather was great, and so was the event -- which... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2019 at Celery Farm and Beyond
The wonderful nesting season is drawing to a close, and the eaglets are huge and flapping their wings. You can see the transmitter on one of the young eagles if you look closely. A big thank you to Duke Farms... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2019 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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Had a little time to explore near New Paltz on Saturday, so thought I'd try looking for butterflies along the Duck Pond Trail in the Mohonk Preserve. ( A bit of a trek with camera and binoculars on a waarm... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2019 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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The Butterfly Garden has been looking great of late -- thanks to the Butterfly Ladies and all their gardening and planting, Ken Wiegand, who built the new rustic cedar fence, and Mike Buckley for mowing. (Not to mention all the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2019 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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One of my favorite moths -- because it is so unusal -- is the Plume Moth. Bruce Davis and I saw one at the Butterfly Garden today. I see them only see them occasionally, and only because I happened to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2019 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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This is a cellphone shot, and there was no quarter next to it to give you a sense of scale, but believe me, this is one cool insect. Photographed about an hour away in NY State last week. What is... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2019 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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Can you find this Song Sparrow nest? It was at a farm store and garden center not far from Morristown this week. Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2019 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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Spent a perfect June afternoon at Duke Farms in Hillsborough on Tuesday-- about an hour's drive from the Celery Farm. The bluebirds and butterflies were out in full force, the orchid range brimmed with amazing flora, and the grounds looked... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2019 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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On Monday, I asked: Can you I.D. the two insects on the left and one on the right? I can ID the yellow and pink ones, and have a hunch on the others. Sorry they are not to scale. I... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2019 at Celery Farm and Beyond
Pat Price passed along this story, from a British newspaper from six years ago.. D-Day, the first tweet! Medal given to homing pigeon who was first to deliver news of successful landings *The Dickin Medal was won by a bird... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2019 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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The Oxnard Butterfly Garden is looking great, thanks to our great volunteers. Saw four Butterfly ladies weeding and planting new flora yesterday (Gaby Schmitt, Lisa Safier, Dora Sammer and Patty Finn). Walked by today to admire the new fence built... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2019 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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I'm thinking it's maybe a Purple Martin box, sort of. Free to a good home, or even a bad one. Email me. Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2019 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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Can you I.D. the two insects on the left and one on the right? I can ID the yellow and pink ones, and have a hunch on the others. Sorry they are not to scale. I think the guy on... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2019 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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Driving up the Franklin Turnpike yesterday a.m. and what do I see? An Eastern Box Turtle, crossing the road away from the preserve. At a turtle's pace. I stopped, then slowed traffic, and offered a little help. Without the "Turtles... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2019 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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Every spring I read the three Celery Farm books to Mrs. Jones' class at the Temple Hill Academy and give each of them a signed copy of their favorite. The most popular, by a narrow margin, was "Swan Babies." Go... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2019 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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A big thank you to the Allendale Police Department for placing the Turtles Crossing sign on Franklin Turnpike by the Celery Farm. The sign helps raise awareness that turtles of all sorts might be crossing our highways this time of... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2019 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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As I finish my 10th year of "Bird Watcher" columns for The Record, I thought it was time I wrote about the Celery Farm Natural Area (instead of just mentioning it frequently). As I wrote the column, I thought about... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2019 at Celery Farm and Beyond
Took a relaxing hike on the Red Trail at High Mountain yesterday, which parallels a stream that flows down part of the mountain. I call the waterfall above Schrabisch Falls, in honor of the Paterson archaeologist who discovered so much... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2019 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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This is the first Allendale Memorial Day Parade in recent memory without Stiles and Lillian Thomas -- they've moved to Massachusetts -- and they were missed. Above are some scenes from the parade, including the new tree in honor of... Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2019 at Celery Farm and Beyond