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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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New Orleans is a great place, but I don't think of it as a family-oriented town. That's why it was great to visit National Audubon's Insectarium on the edge of the Garden District. The place offers a great overview of... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Celery Farm and Beyond
Thank you! Will post your answer later this week.
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Two friends on the north end of town had feeders pulled down recently -- one on Saturday night and another on Sunday night. The one on Sunday night must have been carrying a tape measure, just to show how big... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Celery Farm and Beyond
While at Bayou Sauvage on the outskirts of New Orleans, we saw this weird bug being harassed by caterpillars, incuding the one in the video. Can anyone ID the bug or the caterpillar? Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Celery Farm and Beyond
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I thought I'd kick off a few posts from a recent trip to New Orleans and Cajun Country with this arachnid mystery, photographed at a nature preserve in Lafayette, Louisiana. Cool spider. Can you identify it? Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Celery Farm and Beyond
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With the recent redesign of this blog, I've added an easy way to get email alerts when something new is posted. Just check out the item in the right-hand column. I also try to put major posts on the Celery... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Celery Farm and Beyond
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I was the first two-legged mammal to walk around the Celery Farm this morning after the snow. The trails are getting slushy already, so best wear muck boots or Wellies. I loved the contrast of autumn leaves and snow. A... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Celery Farm and Beyond
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No sooner did Judy Cinquina tell Fyke email list folks to keep a lookout for Evening Grosbeaks than Stephanie Seymour saw (and photographed) one of these unusual birds in her yard. Not sure if the recent snow will have an... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Celery Farm and Beyond
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Just came across the first column I did about State Line Hawk Watch -- back in 2010, when it was starting up again for 10 weekends in the fall. Lots of neat info about the hawk watch's history: By Jim... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Celery Farm and Beyond
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If you've driven by the historic Fell House of late, you may have noticed the beautiful American flags on the lawn. They are part of a new project to honor veterans and loved ones several times each year -- this... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Celery Farm and Beyond
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My new column for The Record is about the record-setting raptor counts at State Line Lookout, featuring photos by Karl Soehnlein and an interview with him. Here's the opening: Every autumn, I write about the joys of visiting our local... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Celery Farm and Beyond
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Seymour Drakes and I are taking a break. Please stay tuned. We shall return next week. More on pishing here. Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2018 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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On Monday I asked: Find the bird in the leaf-litter photo above... ... and then ID it... The bird is in the middle of the leaf litter. It is a female Purple Finch. Congrats to all who ID'd it correctly. Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2018 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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The latest Fyke newsletter, done by Carol Flanagan, is now online. Lots of fascinating info makes it a must-read. You can read it here. (Thanks, Carol!) Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2018 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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Find the bird in the leaf-litter photo above... ... and then ID it... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2018 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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Bruce Davis joined the Celery Farm volunteer corps this fall and has done a great job removing that excess aquatic planlife that was choking Lake Appert. Bruce recently finished restoring the great view of the lake from the Pena Bench... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2018 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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The Celery Farm Natural Area is 107 acres of woods, wetlands and water, and roughly 1.5 miles of trails. That's a lot of nature for volunteers to keep up with. And that's why we were thrilled when Ethan Shaw volunteered... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2018 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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Before the rains came, I thought I'd take some foliage shots at the Celery Farm. Much of the land off trail is now underwater. Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2018 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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Nice Rusty Blackbird show this afternoon along the path by the Pirie-Mayhood Tower and Allendale Brook, rooting through leaf litter. A bit skittish. Even got a shot of a female puffed up, bathing. That may be a reason she's rusty.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2018 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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On Monday I asked readers to identify a bird and a mammal I photographed recently at Audubon's Homestead in Mill Grove, Pa., outside of Philadelphia. For the above photo, Louise Riccobene said... Yellow-rumped Warbler! Looks good to me. (And an... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2018 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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Note: The bird blind at Mehrhof Pond has been closed temporarily due to recent flooding. It should reopen soon. My latest column for The Record and northjersey.com is all about the new bird blind at Mehrhof Pond in Little Ferry... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2018 at Celery Farm and Beyond
Thanks! It was in need of a new look.
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Yesterday, I posted a PBS show about all the great projects that the volunteer pilots' group LightHawk does for the environment. Today, I thought I'd share some earlier posts about LightHawk and the photos I've taken for them. LightHawk's Delaware... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2018 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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This pumpkin was carved by Martin Lopez, the grandson of master Allnedale wood-carver Stiles Thomas. Wow. Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2018 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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