White Pelicans in New Jersey!

“American White Pelican” by Manjith Kainickara – originally posted to Flickr as American White Pelican. My alarm was set for 4:00 AM on December 20, a Sunday morning. I woke up excited and eager to start the day. My phone started going off with text messages from friends about our meeting location. As any birder [...]

World Shorebirds Day: When the Shorebird Met the Biologist

As a bird nerd, I’d often look on enviously at photos of biologists posted online holding shorebirds in their “bander’s grip” – the bird’s head in between their index and middle finger, using their thumb and pinky to steady the bird, while allowing its feet to dangle freely. I always wondered: I wish I could [...]

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 [...]