New Jersey Emerging Conservation Professionals

Interested in pursuing a career in New Jersey's environmental field? Want to learn more about what types of jobs are out there? Or do you want to go hiking with a group of recent grads who love the outdoors and craft beer?

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 [...]

Spring Weekend on the Farm

From May 17-19, I celebrated a special kind of anniversary. I had been WWOOFing (volunteering on an organic farm) for a year. After making 4 visits to the same organic farm, Raven Crest Botanicals, its safe to say that I am in love. My friend Susanna's beautiful, natural nook in Berne, New York will always [...]

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 [...]

Full Circle

With the windows down, sunny blue sky on the horizon and Third Eye Blind on the radio, I drove up the New York Thruway the first week of August for my second visit to Raven Crest Botanicals, an organic herb farm. Monday I arrived Monday afternoon to the open arms of Susanna and Thomas, eager [...]