Sunday, October 7, 1:00 pm at NJ Audubon Society’s Scherman Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary
In 2017, George Heinrich and his team from the Florida Turtle Conservation Trust, crossed the country to find as many of the 62 species of turtles in the United States as they could in a single year. On December 27, they logged species number 57!
Turtles play significant ecological roles, are visible in many habitats, and are the most endangered wildlife group in the world. The purpose of The Big Turtle Year was to highlight the conservation needs of North American wild turtles and to increase awareness regarding the status of this often overlooked species. A national lecture series has been developed to disseminate this information to a wide range of audiences.
As part of that lecture series, on Sunday, October 7, George Heinrich will share the exciting adventure of The Big Turtle Year. He will talk about the rich diversity of this species, natural history and conservation needs. You will hear about the threats facing turtles and the actions that are needed to support their well-being.
This program is being co-sponsored by New Jersey Audubon Society and will be held at the Scherman Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary, 11 Hardscrabble Road, Bernardsville, NJ. Join us for an amazing adventure story. For more information check out George’s blog here.
Fall in the swamp is an almost magical season. Spectacular autumn foliage, awesome bird migrations and perhaps the best weather of the year. So to get an early start, you’re invited to the 19th Annual Fall Festival at Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge. On September 15, from 10:00 to 3:00, we will once again offer an exciting variety of exhibits and activities for the whole family. And like the wildlife in our refuge, it’s all free.
This year our theme is “Trees”, and there will be guided “tree walks” on our trails where you can learn from the experts. If creatures are your thing, we will have close-up exhibits of birds, frogs, fish and reptiles. Kids can build a birdhouse or climb on the refuge’s massive heavy equipment. And then there’s the always popular river seining in the Passaic where you will see… well…who knows?
All this plus target archery, photo contest winners, free hot dogs on the grill, fall apples and more. It will all be at the Helen C. Fenske Visitor Center, rain or shine. You can see our informative, suitable-for-framing poster announcing the festival here. So mark your calendars, and follow us on Facebook for updates and announcements. We look forward to seeing you here at the swamp. And don’t worry. If you stay on the walkways you won’t fall in.
Great Swamp is TREE-MENDOUS
Saturday, September 15
10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge
Helen C. Fenske Visitor Center
32 Pleasant Plains Road
Harding Township, NJ
(Exit 30A from Route 287)
Sure, we all know where butterflies come from. You know, they start out as homely looking crawly caterpillars and then one day…poof!…they turn into these gorgeous flying creatures. Of course, that’s not entirely true. First, many of these caterpillars are incredibly beautiful just as they are. And they don’t instantly turn into butterflies, there’s a little more to it than that. But don’t take our word for it. Come on over to the Helen C. Fenske Visitor Center where you can see the entire drama unfolding right before your eyes.
Here we have set up several entirely self-contained habitats where two different species of caterpillars, Monarch and Black Swallowtail, are now going through this miraculous transformation. With any luck, you could actually witness the amazing metamorphoses of caterpillar to chrysalis and then from chrysalis to butterfly. But in any event, we have also assembled a collection of informative, and kid-friendly, materials to help make your visit educational as well as enjoyable.
If all this stimulates your interest in butterflies, here’s some more good news. On Sunday, September 9 from 1:30 – 3:00 PM, we will be presenting a “Monarch Mania” program at the Visitor Center. A highlight of this program will be some incredible close up videos of the Monarch life cycle, created by Friends volunteer Robert Lin. And if that isn’t enough, we will be serving ice cream to our visitors. So mark your calendars and stop by for a deliciously transformative experience.