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Birding

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 […]

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Birding

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 […]

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Citizen Journalism

Why Having Pets Makes Us More Human

When I was in grade school, I wanted nothing more than to have a cat.  I begged and begged my parents.  I watched all kinds of cat shows on Animal Planet to learn as much as I could about being a pet owner.  Finally, after my younger sister turned one, my dad took me to […]

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Climate Change

Keeping the ‘Garden’ in ‘Garden State’

Today is a weird day.  I feel thankful, blessed, guilty and angry all at the same time.  It is the year anniversary of Superstorm Sandy.  I rent an apartment on one of the Barrier Islands in New Jersey – a small shore town 3 miles long – called Sea Bright. One year ago today I […]

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Citizen Journalism

Filling an Empty Page

“A writer is a person with the courage to fill an empty page,” Chris Satullo told a group of concerned citizens, including myself, in one of the conference rooms at Ocean County College a few Saturdays ago.  I had found myself in a breakout session at the first of three events in a series organized […]

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Organic Farming

Good Things Are On The Way

Coming from the Suburbs of New Jersey, born and raised in the small, not terribly diverse town of Long Valley, my household is like most in the United States.  We have electricity, running water, cable, wireless internet. My mother cooks meat most every meal and we often eat American-Italian dishes.  We drive our own separate […]

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Organic Farming

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 […]

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Pollution

Guest Blog: Saving the Environment, One Local Pond at a Time

Guest Blog By: Linda Grand Linda Grand is an incoming senior at the University of Delaware majoring in Environmental and Resource Economics.  She is vice president of Students For the Environment on campus and is participating in undergraduate research at UD.  On 20-something Environmentalist, Linda writes about her experience educating folks on the water quality […]

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Energy

Liquefied Natural Gas Port in the Atlantic Ocean? No Fracking Way!

Growing up in New Jersey, it didn’t quite feel like summertime until I was eating Kohr’s ice cream on Jenkinson’s Boardwalk in Point Pleasant Beach or riding a bike on the promenade in Cape May.  My family and I have gone down the shore every summer since I was born. I have spent a lot […]

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Organic Farming

Jersey Girl Gone WWOOFing

“Gardening is the most therapeutic and defiant act you can do.” I have to agree, digging in the dirt is awesome.  Ever since I was a kid, I loved playing in my backyard, getting dirty looking for insects, building forts and splashing around in creeks looking for frogs and crayfish.  Being outside made me happy, […]