FIRST SUNDAY AND THIRD TUESDAY OF EACH MONTH
The Bergen County Audubon Society (BCAS) leads two-hour nature walks on the first Sunday and third Tuesday of every month. Bring binoculars, bug spray and a sense of wonder. Registration is recommended. For more information or to register email Don Torino or call 201.230.4983. For dates, times and locations see below.
WILLIAM D. MCDOWELL OBSERVATORY – FREE PUBLIC VIEWING EVERY WEDNESDAY!
The Bergen County Audubon Society and New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority have a number of special events coming up throughout the year to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of our partnership. All events are free and take place at DeKorte Park and the Meadowlands Environment Center in Lyndhurst (located in DeKorte Park). For more information, contact Don Torino or call 201-230-4983.
Sunday, March 3
Climate Change Talk With Dr. Brooke Bateman
Dr. Brooke Bateman is the National Audubon Society Senior Scientist of Climate. Her work focuses on helping birds survive climate change. Dr. Bateman is also leading Climate Watch, a survey conducted by community scientists across the country who will test the predictions in Audubon’s Birds and Climate Change Report against real-life sightings.
Sunday, March 31
Birding for Beginners
A great opportunity for all ages who are interested in bird watching to learn from the best. The event consists of a one-hour program on birding tips and optics followed by a guided walk of DeKorte Park. Participants are encouraged to bring binoculars.
Sunday, June 30
Meadowlands Native Plant Day
An exploration of native plants in DeKorte Park and the Meadowlands region featuring talks and walks led by plant experts. Rain date is Sunday, July 7. Stay tuned for more information!
Sunday, July 7
Meadowlands Talk With Jim Wright
A decade ago former New Jersey Meadowlands Commission staffer Jim Wright and BCAS President Don Torino joined forces to start twice-monthly nature walks to celebrate the region’s environmental comeback. That became the foundation upon which the partnership between Bergen Audubon and the Commission (now the NJSEA) is based. Wright led the agency’s partnership efforts until his pseudo-retirement in 2015, though you can be sure to see him participating in walks and special events. He is the author of several books including “The Nature of the Meadowlands.” Wright also pens “The Bird Watcher” column, which is published in The Record newspaper and on northjersey.com every other Thursday.
Tuesday, July 23
Meadowlands Moth Night
Our annual Moth Night is part of National Moth Week, which promotes a better understanding of the importance of these amazing, lesser-known cousins of butterflies. Hear a talk by a moth expert and then venture out into DeKorte Park where we’ll be attracting moths using industrial lights and sugar bait.
Sunday, July 28
10th Annual Butterfly Day
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Our most highly-anticipated event of the year! Butterfly Day has evolved from a walk that drew 70 people a decade ago into a family-friendly event that now attracts upward of 1,000 people to DeKorte Park each summer. The day includes walks, talks, onsite experts to help identify the various butterflies and kids activities including a Scavenger Hunt, Face Painting, Butterfly costume contest (12 and under) and crafts. Rain date Sunday, Aug. 4.
Saturday, September 14
Meadowlands Birding Festival
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
This spectacular day will include bird walks, talks, raptor visits, kid’s activities and more celebrating the Meadowlands amazing bird population. This year’s keynote speaker is Sharon Stiteler aka The Bird Chick – http://www.birdchick.com/
More information to come. (Rain or shine)
Mill Creek Marsh, Secaucus
Tuesday, Feb. 5, 10 a.m. to noon
Join the BCAS as they look for wintering birds at this fantastic site for avian observation. For more information, contact Don Torino or call 201-230-4983.
Mill Creek Point Park/Schmidts Woods, Secaucus
Tuesday, Feb. 19, 10 a.m. to noon
Take a stroll through these great natural areas in Secaucus with the BCAS. We’ll keep our eyes peeled for ducks, raptors and wintering birds. For more information, contact Don Torino or call 201-230-4983.
DeKorte Park, Lyndhurst
Sunday, Feb. 24, 9 a.m. to noon
Join us as we host our friends from the New York City Audubon Society and show them around DeKorte Park looking for waterfowl, raptors and wintering birds. For more information, contact Don Torino or call 201-230-4983.
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