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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, author of "The Real James Bond" and 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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Woke up this morning to find hundreds of these mushrooms popping up in the mulch in our yard. Does anyone know what they are, and what is going on? Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Celery Farm and Beyond
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Great story about the Yankees' Gio Urshela and the new Yankee mascot in The New York Times. Yes, it is a parrot. More precisely, it is a Scarlet Macaw, and it is endangered throughout much of its range. Friends and... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Celery Farm and Beyond
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Betsy Thomas found this chrysalis on a tomato plant this week. Looks like a Monarch but on a tomato? Ever heard of this? Any advice on helping/protecting it? Thanks. Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Celery Farm and Beyond
Thank you!
Thank you!
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Sandee Faust photographed this guy from the Warden's Watch. What is it? Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2019 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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If you'd like to beat the heat nearby, check out the Franklin Lakes Nature Preserve. I did a leisurely paddle around the lake on Friday -- took about an hour. Yes, that is High Mountain in the distance. You can... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2019 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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Purple Loosestrife, the beautiful but invasive plant that once overran the Celery Farm, can be seen by the path but is no longer a threat, thanks to beneficial beetles that were imported to control it two decades ago. A Monarch... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2019 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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My latest column for The Record is about the best way to watch birds in th ese dog days of August, plus a new CD by long-time birding colleague Stephanie Seymour of Ringwood. The column also features a recent photo... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2019 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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While visiting the Wetlands Institute, I walked out onto an elevated platform in time to see three Clapper Rails (including a youngster) foraging. I had never seen more than one at a time before (in the Meadowlands), and then at... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2019 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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Deedee Burnside was nice enough to share her sequence of photos of a Monarch emerging from its chrysalis. Happened earlier today. (Thanks, Deedee!) Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2019 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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A colleague writes: So my partner and I were in Central Park last weekend and we stopped to grab a snack near the model sailboats. As we were snacking this bird landed on the chair right next to us. I’m... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2019 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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On Monday I wrote: Saw this fungus along Parnell's Path during the Butterfly Walk. Any idea what it is? About the size of a tennis ball, maybe a tad smaller. Based on my assumption that it was some sort of... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2019 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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Sandee Faust reports: This is unusual, but I thought you would enjoy it. My son Sean took pictures of a butterfly that sat on my husband during the entire Rolling Stones concert (in the Meadowlands). Even when they got up... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2019 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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Until yesterday, I had never seen an actual Spotted Lanternfly, an invasive bug that has hit southeastern Pennsylvania. While visiting a friend in that region, I saw one on his glass door and try to capture it unsuccessfully. I later... Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2019 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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Big oak tree fell across the stream and blocked the path this week. It took down some other trees but they were no match for Fred and his chainsaw. (Thanks, Fred!) Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2019 at Celery Farm and Beyond
Fred Weber sez: It looks like a female Goldenwinged Skimmer.
I posted this: https://www.celeryfarm.net/2019/07/more-on-that-mushroom-mystery.html
I posted this: https://www.celeryfarm.net/2019/07/more-on-that-mushroom-mystery.html
I posted this: https://www.celeryfarm.net/2019/07/more-on-that-mushroom-mystery.html
Toggle Commented Jul 30, 2019 on More on mushrooms at Celery Farm and Beyond
I posted more info https://www.celeryfarm.net/2019/07/more-on-that-mushroom-mystery.html
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In the interest of science, I uprooted one of the mystery mushrooms/plants so it could be ID'd better. I also photographed a cellphone next to it so you can gauge the size better. Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2019 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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Visited Montreal with family this past week, and one of the unexpected attractions was a Canada Goose -- an entire store devoted to the high-end outerwear for very cold weather. Not sure why they call it Canada Goose -- perhaps... Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2019 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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Jul 29, 2019
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Saw this fungus along Parnell's Path during the Butterfly Walk. Any idea what it is? About the size of a tennis ball, maybe a tad smaller. Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2019 at Celery Farm and Beyond