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Remembering the Great Bacinski – by Pete Dunne

Having just learned about the passing of my long time friend and birding companion, Pete Bacinski. I feel compelled to express my thoughts regarding the passing of this natural history legend.  I first met “The Great Bacinski,” in May, 1977.  Cape May Bird Observatory’s founding director, Bill Clark and I…...

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Mink by deduction

We were approaching the end of my Monday Morning Medadows walk, when a patron announced that there was a perched hawk up ahead.  The bird, seated eye-level and thirty yards away proved to be an immature Red-tailed and it was feeding on prey. A muskrat, some deduced, noting the dark…...

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Costa Rica Trip

The NJ Audubon 2019 Costa Rica trip was another successful and enjoyable visit to this diverse Central American nation. Led by renowned Costa Rican naturalist Charlie Gómez, CMBO Associate Naturalist Mark Garland, and our driver Marco “Niño” Morales (who doubles as an extra birding guide), our group explored a variety…...

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1st ANNUAL NJ YOUNG BIRDERS CONFERENCE

It was proving to be a beautiful day for NJ Audubon’s 1st annual “NJ Young Birders Conference” on March 24, 2019.  As with any first-ever event we were unsure what the turnout would be but were thrilled with having 46 people attend! The event was hosted by the Marine Academy…...

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Osprey Run On Fish

Outside my window is an empty Osprey nest.  Occupied for three years.  The nest’s tenants are at this very moment winging their way north, after five months in the Amazon Basin.  I’m speculating, here, neither bird is fitted with a transmitter, but many birds from this region spend the northern…...

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Raccoon Ridge

March 1,  marked the anniversary of the beginning of my Spring Hawk Count on Raccoon Ridge in 1976.  I still have the letter from then NJAS Research Director, Rich Kane,  welcoming me to the post. I recall it was an inauspicious start, we were in a cold weather pattern and migrating…...

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Eagles Are Back

We were on Rt 47 southbound to attend an 11:00 am meeting in Cape May.  The car consisted of wife Linda and myself. “Bald Eagle,” she announced. Following the line of her sight, I immediately saw the adult perched on the tree-line. Two hours later on our return trip we spotted two more, both…...

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Tracking Stations in Brazil

NJ Audubon and its partners from Tulane University, the University of Para, CEMAVE (Brazil’s bird management and conservation agency) and ICMBio (Brazil’s protected area management agency) installed the first two automated tracking stations in Brazil.  These stations will detect transmissions from Semipalmated Sandpipers (SESA) marked with digital VHF radio tags. …...

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Fall Delmarva Van Tour Recap

Fall Delmarva Van Tour by Scott Barnes Nov 9-12, 2018 Our annual late fall foray to the bird-rich Delmarva Peninsula began at Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge. Bombay Hook is one of the best places on the East Coast for large numbers and diversity of shorebirds. A flock of some…...

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Try Ducks

I know, I know, I know, Wait. You are suffering from post migration depression.  There’s  a cure. Ducks.  Yes ducks, waterfowl.  Winter means ducks, Hardy cold impervious birds that get you out, gratify you with their colors and tantalize you with possibility. Every flock of geese you scan holds the…...

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