The Garden State’s Newest Frog: The “Chuckling” Atlantic Coast Leopard Frog

Remember back in late October of 2014 when word quickly spread about a new frog species in New Jersey? The Atlantic Coast leopard frog is mint-gray to light olive green with medium to dark spots. The frog has been found along the Delaware River and Bayshore, along Atlantic Ocean coastline, in the Meadowlands and on Staten Island. Did [...]

Up Close and Personal with an American Redstart

Today, I helped New Jersey Audubon Society scientists record data on the resighting of this banded American Redstart. Such a beautiful warbler and a wonderful day birding on Sandy Hook (Gateway National Recreation Area, Highlands, New Jersey)! Arguably the best way to add a bird to your life list.

Nature Notes: Early Spring on Sandy Hook

Today, I enjoyed a beautiful, warm and sunny, early spring day on Sandy Hook in Highlands, New Jersey. After the winter we had, today seemed like a long awaited miracle. I chose to spend my morning and early afternoon birding with a friend. We joined Monmouth County Audubon Society's walk and saw a ton of [...]

Nature Notes: Birding on Sandy Hook

The bird nerd that I am, I decided to join a New Jersey Audubon field trip on Halloween today. It was a cold and overcast morning as we walked along the fields and trails of Sandy Hook. New Jersey Audubon does a great job of providing every birder (regardless of skill level) with an excellent, [...]

The New Jersey I Want for My Kids #VoteYeson2

Last year, on the first anniversary of Superstorm Sandy, I encouraged New Jersey residents to call their State Assembly representatives and ask them to post open space funding bill ACR 205 for a vote before the end of 2013. If passed, ACR 205 would have allowed residents a chance to vote for a renewed open [...]

Birding…For Science!

Do you love birding? Can't wait to add to your life list or ID a new species? Consider taking your love for all things with wings to the next level: volunteer with the National Audubon Society's Citizen Science program! Citizen Science projects recruit volunteers to collect ecological information. For example, the New Jersey Audubon Citizen [...]

Nature Notes: Birding in Northern Jersey

As any bird nerd will tell you, migration months are the best time for birders to see so many species! Warblers, thrushes, vireos, flycatchers, and other migratory birds, including shorebirds have flown thousands of miles from Central/South America and the Caribbean to nest in my home state of New Jersey, or to continue on to [...]

New Year’s Resolutions: Stay Curious and Live Passionately

cu·ri·os·i·ty Noun: a strong desire to know or learn something. Ever curious about the world around me, I picked up some of the rocks on the table in Susanna’s music room and turned one over and over in my hand.  Immediately, I began asking Susanna a series of questions: Where did you get these?  How [...]

The Restorative Power of Nature

Last semester, I went on a field trip with my Environmental Humanities class to Muddy Run Recreational Reservoir in Lancaster County, PA.  We went canoeing, tested the water quality, and did the "Macro Shuffle" to find macro-invertebrates in a nearby stream.  My friend Nikki and I found a fairly large crayfish during our shuffling. Finding [...]