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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...

The Perils of Travel

By Margo D. Beller (@MargoDBeller) At this time of year, people go on vacation. If you have a family, you travel in summer before the kids have to go back to school and the daylight ends early. Whether it is by car, plane or train, travel can be exciting,...

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...

Birding vs. Bird Watching

By Margo D. Beller It’s funny how one can have all the media in the world at your fingertips and still miss important news. I was looking up information before a recent trip to Cape May and found an off-hand reference to “Pete Dunne’s st...

They Came From Brood II!!!

By Margo D. Beller They’ve been waiting for a long time to emerge. They’ve waited for the right conditions, when the soil is about 63 degrees in the northern U.S. Then they rise from the ground where they’ve hidden for 17 years. What hav...

The WSB and the Return of the Waterthrush

By Margo D. Beller Thirty years ago, in early May, Pete Dunne and his team – with a special guest appearance by Roger Tory Peterson – went out to find as many birds as possible in the state of New Jersey in one day.  Pete, then as now, was based in C...

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...

Feed the Birds

This morning, after watching the cardinals, chickadees, titmice, house sparrows, white-throated sparrows, juncos, house finches, downy woodpecker and mourning doves jostling over my various feeders, I went upstairs to my office, turned on my computer and ...

Heard But Not Seen (Usually)

By Margo D. Beller There’s luck, and there’s listening. The average person walking down the street may be mildly curious why crows are in a tree cawing wildly, or flying around and making dives. That’s presuming that person isn’t ...