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FPNL ANNUAL MEETING AND TALK ON BLUEBIRDS

Wednesday, May 31, 7:30 PM

Allen Jackson, president of the NJ Bluebird Society, will give a presentation on bluebirds following a brief business meeting.

Photo by Susan Liddle

Involved with bluebirds for many years, Allen began focusing on this species when lack of proper management was an obvious problem.  He initiated efforts to establish the N.J. Bluebird Society (NJBBS) and is a relentless advocate for proper management as the key to the bluebird’s future.  He has over 600 boxes in southern New Jersey, established 50 trails (with monitors) and erected countless boxes at individual residences.  He maintains a trail of ~70 boxes and bands over 1,000 bluebirds each year.  Besides NJBBS (President) and North American Bluebird Society (Board of Directors and on Nestbox Committee), he maintains membership in: Bluebird Society of Pennsylvania, Tennessee Bluebird Society and Bluebird Restoration Association of Wisconsin in his quest to continue educating himself about bluebirds.

The meeting will be held in the Education Building behind the D&R Canal State Park Headquarters at 145 Mapleton Road in Kingston. All are welcome. For further information, please call Karen at 609-683-0483.

RECENT EVENTS

ARBOR DAY CELEBRATION AND LICHEN WALK WITH DR. JAMES LENDEMER

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Dr. James Lendemer, a lichenologist from the New York Botanical Gardens in the Bronx, gave a slide presentation on lichens and then a lichen walk in the Mapleton Preserve. He identified and taught us about these unique and fascinating organisms. For those who could not join us, you can get a sense of the experience participants had by watching this short video: Science Friday Video–“Hunting the Wild Lichen”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SIGNS OF LIFE IN THE WINTER LANDSCAPE

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Mugwort, broom sedge, grease grass. Field cress, plantain, sphagnum moss. Autumn olive, witch hazel, and white pine. Scarlet oak, dogwood, dawn redwood, juniper, and weeping cherry. Scat of deer, fox, and perhaps coyote. Red-tailed hawk, cardinals, and turkey vultures. These were some of the signs of life in the Preserve explored by a dozen people and two dogs. All five senses came into play–taste, only for the cress!

MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY OF SERVICE

Monday, January 16th, 2017

Over forty volunteers attacked intrusive small trees, brush, and vines, and picked up trash in the Preserve on a fair January day. Trails were cleared between some of the old tree rows, and leaves piled up along the fence were amassed for later collection. We extend our hearty thanks to our cutters, rakers, litter collectors, bushwhackers, registrars, photographers, and two people who took on special tasks–the poison ivy ambassador and the hose king! Photos by Laura Hawkins.

FIRST DAY HIKE

Sunday, January 1, 2017

This was a great opportunity for five dozen people of all ages (and seven dogs) to start the new year off outdoors, with a brisk 1.5 mile loop hike through the Mapleton Preserve, into the fields on the other side of Mapleton Road, along the D&R Canal and back to the Preserve.

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Photos by Eileen Beirne

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