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 [...]

Audubon’s Christmas Bird Count on Sandy Hook

Today marks the start of National Audubon Society's 115th Christmas Bird Count (CBC)! From December 14 through January 5, thousands of volunteers across North America are invited to go out, count birds and contribute data to an early-winter bird census. When looking at the CBC Map, you will see that every state offers a significant [...]

Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS) Part III: Ecology

According to the Hidden Risk Report, a publication from the Biodiversity Research Institute in partnership with The Nature Conservancy, “invertivores” are greatly affected by mercury emissions from coal-fired power plants.  Songbirds and bats are referred to as invertivores because they eat a variety of invertebrate species like spiders, snails and worms; not just insects.  Invertivores [...]