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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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I am pleased to pass this along from The Nature Conservancy: For the first time in over a century, American shad (Alosa sapidissima) have been discovered upstream from the former Columbia Dam site on the 42-mile long Paulins Kill river,... Continue reading
Posted 17 hours ago at Celery Farm and Beyond
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Bruce Davis si the guy who has been putting wheelbarrow-full after wheelbarrow-full on the path around Lake Appert. He's also the guy who restored the view to the Pena Bench. Busy guy! (Thanks, Bruce!) Continue reading
Posted 19 hours ago at Celery Farm and Beyond
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... and we can't let it go! A band of 22 Loyalists arrested Founding Father John Fell at his home in Allendale (the part of Paramus) on April 22, 1777. Colonial reenactors will re-create the event this Sunday, along with... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Celery Farm and Beyond
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Found this during the cleanup. Sad but interesting. Can you I.D. the bird? (An easy one.) Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Celery Farm and Beyond
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The Celery Farm Wild Turkeys were strutting like Mummers this morning. I counted at least eight. Quite a few of their scrapes around as well. Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Celery Farm and Beyond
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The Celery Farm Wild Turkeys were strutting like Mummers this morning. I counted at least eight. Quite a few of their scrapes around as well. Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Celery Farm and Beyond
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This guy was on the trail today after the rain. I gave him (or her) a wide berth. And the Canada Goose at the point is incubating five -- count em, five -- eggs. Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Celery Farm and Beyond
History Day 2019, sponsored by the Northwest Bergen History Coalition, will be held on Saturday, May 4th from 11 AM to 4 PM. For the price of $10, you can visit as many of the twelve NW Bergen museums and... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Celery Farm and Beyond
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I've got two talks coming up at opposite ends of the state in the couple of weeks, in case you are interested. Next Saturday, April 27, I will be giving two short talks about Bald Eagles at the Northern Valley... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Celery Farm and Beyond
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On Monday I asked: Can you identify these two nests, removed during spring nest-box cleaning? Carol Flanagan wrote that the nest on the left is a House Wren nest, and the one on the right belongs to House Sparrows. The... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Celery Farm and Beyond
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Edith Wallace is the guest speaker at the next Fyke meeting, Friday Apr. 26 at 8 p.m. She'll be talking about "The Mystery Writers' Garden (with a nod to Agatha Christie)." Here's her promo: Are you willing to risk everything... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Celery Farm and Beyond
Thanks. It was pretty cool.
Toggle Commented 6 days ago on MinkFest 2019 @ the CF! at Celery Farm and Beyond
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So I'm walking down the east path along the Allendale Brook, and there's a photographer with a portable Hubble for a lens just ahead, texting on her cellphone. As I pass her, I cannot believe my eyes. A mink is... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Celery Farm and Beyond
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Last month, at the onset of spring, I wrote about the joys of watching birds and gave several reasons why I’ve found the pastime so rewarding. At the column’s end, I asked readers why they love birds. I have been... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Celery Farm and Beyond
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Made a quick trip up to see Stiles and Lillian Thomas in Newburyport, Mass., and was lucky to go birding with Stiles at the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge on nearby Plum Island. Among the highlights (besides being with Stiles)... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Celery Farm and Beyond
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Can you identify these two nests, removed during spring nest-box cleaning? Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2019 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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Since this year's annual Stepping Up fund-raiser at the Celery Farm falls of May 4, we thought we'd add some "Star Wars" excitement for this May the Fourth (Be With You) event. Anyone who sees a Millennium Falcon or Porg... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2019 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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Ginny Chucka photographed this gull on Clinton Reservoir in West Milford this past weekend and would like some ID help. I am guessing Bonaparte's Gull but it is above my pay grade. Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2019 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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On Monday I asked: Can anyone identify these tiny High Mountain flowers? Deedee Burnside said that they are Four-stamened Chickweed. (Thanks, Deedee!) Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2019 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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I just heard that Pete Bacinski, legendary birder and all-around good guy, died last night of a cardiac event. He'll probably be best remembered as one of the all-stars in the first World Series of Birding and for all the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2019 at Celery Farm and Beyond
John Pastore did the above YouTube video featuring flowers from his wife's Allendale garden. Refreshing. Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2019 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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Just a word of caution for folks venturing the end of the Warden's Watch: Last I checked, a Canada Goose was incubating at least one egg. When I blithely walked there to check Lake Appert, I got a big-league hiss.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2019 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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On a recent hike, I found the object above. It recalled one Fourth of July, when I found the object below. It then occurred to me that ... Sometimes you get the arrowhead, and sometimes you get the shaft. Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2019 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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Yesterday morning at the Celery Farm, while viewing some Ring-necked Ducks with Kevin Watson and others, I asked Kevin if he had ever seen the ring on a Ring-necked Duck. He said he had, and sent me this amazing photo... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2019 at Celery Farm and Beyond