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The “Jekyll and Hyde” River

By Margo D. Beller @MargoDBeller Every river, even the mighty Mississippi, starts small. Water bubbles to the surface from underground and gravity brings it downhill. As it rains, the waters rise, the flow increases and brooks and streams are created. T...

Geocache Me If You Can

By Margo D.Beller (@MargoDBeller) The treasure hunt has gone high-tech. The Northern New Jersey Cachers (NNJC) held a “meet and greet” at Scherman Hoffman on May 31, a unique partnership between a group dedicated to expanding interest in using satellite...

Snowy Owls

By Margo D. Beller This has been a particularly good year for seeing Snowy Owls in New Jersey. Island Beach State Park, Brigantine and Sandy Hook have had lots of Snowy Owls. A few days before my husband and I saw a Snowy Owl at Island Beach late last y...

The Tools of Ignorance

By Margo D. Beller If you go to the store at Scherman Hoffman, or at any New Jersey Audubon center, you will probably find a case filled with optics – binoculars, spotting scopes -- and assorted accessories. Optics are part of the business of birdwa...

The ‘Glittering Fragment of the Rainbow’

By Margo D. Beller It is dusk in New Hampshire. It is raining and unusually cold for late May and I am sitting on my brother-in-law’s wide, covered porch. As it darkens, a Ruby-throated Hummingbird comes to one of the two feeders hung from a support...

My Search for Spring

On Thursday, March 21, 2013, the first full day of spring, I took an early-morning walk not far from my home and found an Eastern phoebe, my first of the season. It caught me off guard but shouldn’t have. The Eastern phoebe, a member of the flycatc...

A Really BIG Bird

By Margo D. Beller Whether you are walking in a forest or park or sitting in your suburban backyard, there is nothing more distinctive than the sound of a pileated woodpecker whacking a hole in a tree, seeking the carpenter ants within. Scherman Hoffman p...

Hawking with Pete Dunne

Pete Dunne is a big deal. He helped create the annual World Series of Birding and had Roger Tory Peterson on his team. He writes books - a lot of books (Google “Pete Dunne” and see how many) - alone and with others including his photographer wife Linda....

To The Swift

Imagine you are a bird. You fly through the air almost continuously, picking off bugs for your meal, or for your offspring. If you care to look in a mirror you’d find a dark face, cigar-shaped body, curved wings and nearly no tail. More important,...

Birdseed Days

If you’re going to put a bird feeder outside now that winter is officially here, you have to keep it filled with seed. That would seem like a no-brainer, but you’d be surprised how many people put out a feeder and then don’t bother to ...