Remember Last Year's CF Fish Kill? An Explanation

A wall of ice filled with dead fish photographed in 2015 in South Dakota’s Lake Andes National Wildlife Refuge. Credit Kelly Preheim

Last week, The New York Times ran a story about an amazing photo of frozen fish (no, not Mrs. Paul's) and explained what caused the fish to die -- a lack of oxygen in the water.

Just like last spring at the Celery Farm.

Excellent reading. The link is here.  (Thanks, Thom!)

All-weather Birding in the Meadowlands

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Don Torino's latest column for Meadowblog is how great it is to bird in the Meadowlands, regardless of the weather. (I agree.)

Here's a sample:

"I just know that somewhere in the Meadowlands there is a bird just waiting for me to see, maybe it’s a rare life bird or maybe one I have seen a thousand times before, it really does not matter.

"Every day in nature is new; there are no two days the same, no experience like the other, constantly something new to learn and take in.

"The only sure thing is that you can’t experience it sitting on your couch or in front of your computer."

The link is here.

I also enjoyed the photos that accompanied the column -- I took the one of the three birders on a Christmas bird count several years ago and the other one a little earlier. I was working for the Meadowlands Commission  at the time so did not put my name on the credit line? Can you I.D.  the three birders, and where they are? 

Who is the guy with the spotting scope in the second photo, and where is he? 

Some nice memories.

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Monday Morning Mystery Answered

IMG_2315On Monday, I asked: What is this, and where is this?

The answer is a stacked pile of rocks just off  the start of Parnell's Path in the Celery Farm.

It is a cairn, as folks suggested  -- defined as "a heap of rocks piled up as  a memorial or landmark" by Merriam-Webster.

Congrats to all who I.D.'d this correctly.

High Mountain, by the way, is a cairn capital.  Will post some pix of several soon.


Shout-out to Wayne's Troop 104

The land at the base of Buttermilk Falls in High Mountain off Scioto Drive was looking a little scruffy -- overgrown with weeds, and branches and logs strewn everywhere. Not to mention the slight drainage problem.

Thanks to a phalanx of scouts from Troop 104 in Wayne, the area below the falls got an extreme makeover on Sunday -- including strengthening the rocks on the south side of the falls so that the water flows where it should, into a culvert, instead of onto the trail.

Thanks, Troop 104!  What terrific group of young men.  (And thanks to Troop 104's Richie Neurouter and the NYNJ Trail Conference's  Chris Connolly for setting this up.)