Keep up with all the latest news about the Celery Farm and other local nature topics on Jim Wright's fine blog, celeryfarm.net
Field Trip Date Change
The date of the Woodcock field trip has been changed due to heavy snow cover at the Great Swamp. The new date is Saturday March 21, 2015.
The following program dates have changed from those published in the newsletter:
Edith Wallace will present her program, Conifers: Natural and Unnatural History, on Friday, January 23, 2015 at 8 PM
Kathy Michell will present her program, Timber Rattlesnakes: Their Secret Lives and Conservation Needs, on April 24, 2015 at 8 PM
Red-shouldered Hawk Cam Project
We are pleased to announce an exciting new nature project about the Red-shouldered Hawks of Allendale -- a live, streaming-video nestcam brought to you by the volunteer group that maintains the Celery Farm Natural Area and by Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey.
This spring, if recent nesting seasons are any indication, you’ll be able to watch the secretive nesting habits of these endangered raptors 24/7 this spring on your computer, tablet, or smartphone anywhere in the world.
We could sure use your help. A nestcam is a great educational tool -- and a great way to raise awareness that wild nature occurs all around us, even in suburban backyards.
But the videocam will cost $6,000 to buy, install, and operate, so we’re asking folks to contribute through the Fyke Nature Association, which maintains the 107-acre Celery Farm. We’ll let everyone know when the videocam is up and running.
People who contribute $25 or more will have their names included in a special eBook about these amazing Red-shouldered Hawks.
The nest camera will be installed and operated by Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey, the non-profit group involved with the Duke Farms Eagle Cam, the Jersey City Falcon Cam, Stone Harbor Heron Cam, and the Osprey Cam at Edwin B. Forsythe NWR.
Please mail a check to Stiles Thomas, Box 75, Allendale, NJ 07401. Make checks payable to “Fyke Nature Association” and label the check “Hawk Cam.” Questions? Call Stiles, 201-327-3470,or e-mail Jim Wright, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Protect the Palisades
The board of the Fyke Nature Association is proud to announce that it has voted to join protectthepalisades.org, the non-profit coalition
that is protesting the design of a new office complex that LG wants to build in Englewood Cliffs.
The coalition does not oppose the size of the proposed building, only its height, since a high-rise would set a horrible precedence and destroy the viewshed of this amazing place.
Here's the coalition's view:
The natural beauty of the Palisades cliffs rising above the west bank of the Hudson River has long been appreciated by generations of residents and visitors to the metropolitan area. Protected for over 100 years through the efforts of citizens of New Jersey and New York, the Palisades are included in the National Natural Landmarks Program administered by National Parks Service, are listed in the National Register of Historic Places, and have been included on World Monument Fund's 2014 World Monuments Watch list. But now, LG Electronics, a multinational corporation, is planning to build an office tower that will rise high above the trees, and for the first time, violate the unspoiled ridgeline — a view enjoyed by Americans since before the founding of our nation. LG’s proposed office tower will rise 143 feet above grade—far higher than the 35-foot limit that has, until now, been respected by other companies in this area.
Visit protectthepalisades.org to get more information, to sign up, to send an e-mail to LG, and to otherwise get involved.
A letter from the U.S. National Park Service opposing LG's plan is here.
An article in The New York Times this week written by four former New Jersey governors opposing the high-rise aspect of the plan is here.
A Record article about the Palisades Interstate Park Commission's opposition to the LG's high-rise plan is here.
North Harpersfield Property
George Rand and Pamela Ryder invite Fyke members to visit 135 acres of forest, field, stream, and pond in upstate NY. Please download and print this document,which contains essential information you must read before your visit, including directions, contact numbers, waiver, lodging, and area attractions. You will also want to download and print this map of the property and this release and waiver document.
The Fyke Nature Association offers educational programs and workshops of interest to people of all ages throughout the year. We also lead field trips to various locations in New Jersey and southeastern New York for birding, botanizing, and general nature study. We are an active and dynamic organization dedicated to conservation and environmental protection.
Support Fyke at Amazon.com. Each purchase you make at Amazon.com will now help support Fyke, if you click through using our shopping page. There you'll find some suggested reading, but any item you purchase at Amazon.com will make a (small) contribution to Fyke. It's good place to pick up a copy of In the Presence of Nature, by Jerry Barrack and Jim Wright, which is required reading for anyone interested in the Celery Farm.
Fyke Nature Association
P.O. Box 141
Ramsey, NJ 07446