Wildlife And Water Health Feature In Upcoming Environmental Speakers Series

Great Swamp Watershed Association announces four events in its Spring 2013 Breakfast Briefing Series.

The Great Swamp Watershed Association (GSWA) is pleased to announce the schedule of speakers for its Spring 2013 Breakfast Briefing Series. This season’s highlights will include an in-depth discussion of bats and bat conservation efforts, as well as a wide-ranging report on the cleanliness of water flowing through the Great Swamp and into the Passaic River.

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Did You Know? About Red-tailed Hawks

Red Tailed Hawk On Squirrel B Rothauser

Red Tailed Hawk On Squirrel, photo by B Rothauser

It was a black speck in the sky, gradually coming closer, and then I saw that it was a bird gliding gracefully, effortlessly, circling above me. It was a red-tailed hawk, the most common hawk in North America. Years of observation have shown that red-tailed hawks can easily mold themselves to any surrounding, but these birds prefer a habitat that is open. Hawks usually inhabit places like deserts and fields, perhaps to make it easier to find prey. They also like to have high-perching places nearby from which they can watch for prey.

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Environmental Curiosities: Getting Acquainted With Climate Change in NJ

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Climate change is on our minds. Is it on yours?

GSWA has hosted three informational events about the topic of climate change over the past year. And instead of focusing on melting of polar ice caps or the vagaries of flood or drought conditions in other far-flung parts of the world, we have tried to keep our discussions local.

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Primrose Farm Saved!

Primrose Farm. Photo by Ari Kaufman, July 2011

Primrose Farm. Photo by Ari Kaufman, July 2011

After five years of intense negotiation and advocacy, the 113-acre Primrose Farm in Harding Township has been preserved as open space. Ownership of the land was officially transferred to the Harding Land Trust on December 27, 2012. The Great Swamp Watershed Association (GSWA) and other Primrose project partners were on hand for the final closing.

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Did You Know? About Canada Geese

Piebald Canada Goose. Photo by Blaine Rothauser

Piebald Canada Goose. Photo by Blaine Rothauser

Sometimes, fall walks with my dog surprise me. Last October, we walked along the edge of a local golf course. It was a beautiful, sunny day, but there were few golfers about. At a turn in the path, my dog saw something interesting and tried to take me to it. After a few steps, I saw that she had found a Canada goose resting in the long grass — the golf course “rough.” I stopped the dog, but the goose looked at us and did not move. Then, I swear, the goose spoke to me!

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