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CONTENTS:
Hackettstown Hatchery Feature On app.com
Encouraging Nature Play
New Jersey's Forest Resource Education Center Offers Free Summer Programs for Families
Is the climate crisis creating a global consciousness shift?
What has the environment got to do with justice?
State We're In - Summer Music Playlist
New SITES rating system for landscapes
USDA-NRCS Press Release: NRCS honors New Jersey winners of national volunteer awards
US GRS 2015 winners
Oysters, Cape May, and the Rutgers connection.....
PANJ green hour and ANJEE...
EPA Issues Rule To Protect 4,000 miles of NJ Streams
Master Gardeners Invite You to Their House
"Birds in my Backyard" an exhibit at the Nature Center of Cape May.
Birth Announcement: Red-tail Royalty Hatch First Chick at Cornell
Hackettstown Hatchery Feature On app.com             (Posted: 7-27-15)

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Encouraging Nature Play             (Posted: 7-23-15)

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New Jersey's Forest Resource Education Center Offers Free Summer Programs for Families             (Posted: 7-23-15)

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Is the climate crisis creating a global consciousness shift?             (Posted: 7-20-15)

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What has the environment got to do with justice?             (Posted: 7-16-15)

The recent publication by Pope Francis of the encyclical "Laudato Si', on "Care for Our Common Home" prompted us to take a look at the subject of environmental justice. We want to better understand the history of the environmental justice movement in the US, what the impacts of current energy and environmental policies are on, in particular, disadvantaged communities, and what this statement by the Pope, and other moves by faith groups (including the recent announcement by the Episcopal Church to divest from fossil fuels), means.

And, are we now moving away from a debate about the science of climate change to one about the morality of acting (or not acting) upon climate change and other environmental challenges?

To help us understand these issues better, we will have as guests on our next show Ana Baptista, who grew up in the Ironbound area of Newark where she was part of the environmental justice struggle and is now Assistant Professor of Professional Practice in Environmental Policy and Sustainability Management at The New School, the Reverend Paul Jeanes of the Trinity Church in Princeton and Chad Pedlock, author and Associate Professor of Systematic Theology at the Catholic University.

Listen in to what should be a thoughtful and insightful show at 6pm on www.panjradio.com at 6pm next Monday or on following days next week at 3 and 6pm. More details on www.greenhourradio.com

State We're In - Summer Music Playlist             (Posted: 7-15-15)

by Michele S. Byers
Executive Director 
Michele S. Byers  

A summer playlist  

Summer is time to be outdoors ... hiking, swimming, bicycling, fishing, camping, kayaking, horseback riding, birding, surfing and more.


Whether you're at the shore, on a mountain, by a river or in the forest - or stuck inside WISHING you were outdoors - a soundtrack can come in handy.


Here's a playlist of songs about nature and the outdoors to inspire you, pump you up or put a smile on your face.


For inspiration to get out and enjoy sun and fresh air, it's hard to beat the energetic U2's "It's a Beautiful Day". "This Land is Your Land" by Woody Guthrie is sure to get you itching to hit the road and explore our country's lovely places.


The mother of all conservation songs has to be Joni Mitchell's "Big Yellow Taxi," with its oh-so-true lyrics about not knowing what you've got 'til it's gone. On the flip side is "Nothing but Flowers" by the Talking Heads, a humorous riff on the opposite of paving paradise and putting up a parking lot.


The Beatles sang more about love, love, love than nature, but "Mother Nature's Son" is a good addition to any outdoor playlist. Another classic about getting back to nature is "Apeman" by the Kinks, actually a protest against nuclear war.


If the heat and humidity are getting you down, try "Summer in the City" by the Lovin' Spoonful. Gotta get away? The antidote is Canned Heat's "Going Up the Country," a Woodstock era classic.


Sunny days are the very essence of summer, and a couple of good songs are "Blue Sky" by the Allman Brothers and "Mr. Blue Sky" by the Electric Light Orchestra. "Sunshine on my Shoulders" by John Denver also fits the bill, although just about anything by John Denver is outdoorsy.


If the shore is your thing, you'll need songs about the beach and water. No shore playlist would be complete without the Beach Boys - how about "Catch a Wave" or Otis Redding's soulful "Dock of the Bay" tells how nature can be a refuge from loneliness. And Weezer's popular "Island in the Sun" practically makes you feel warm rays on your skin.


Are you a birder? If so, your soundtrack should include Jack Johnson's "Upside Down" since birds provide the best of Mother's Nature's songs. There's also the funny "I Like Birds" by The Eels. And for those who may be working on your life list, there is "Fly Like an Eagle" by the Steve Miller Band, "Blackbird" by the Beatles, "Hummingbird" by Seals & Croft, "Mockingbird" by James Taylor and Carly Simon and "Three Little Birds" by Bob Marley. (And, yes, not all of those are really about birds!)


A reverence for nature is beautifully expressed in "Morning Has Broken," an old hymn updated by Cat Stevens. "One Sweet World" by the Dave Matthews Band is an ode to Mother Earth. And "Leaves that are Green" by Simon & Garfunkel uses nature as a metaphor for the passage of time.


Raising your environmental consciousness? Try Julian Lennon's "Saltwater," the Pretenders' "My City is Gone," Neil Young's "Who's Gonna Stand Up?" and "Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)" by Marvin Gaye.


For more contemporary songs, try "Back to the Wild" by Langthorne Slim, "Mount Marcy" by Frontier Ruckus, "Country Calling" by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, "Time Forgot" by Conor Oberst, "Northern Lights" by The Cave Singers and "The Wild Hunt" by The Tallest Man on Earth.


You can probably think of lots more.


Enjoy music and nature together this summer! Look for our NJ Conservation Summer Playlist on Spotify.  


 

Write to me at info@njconservation.org and share what's on your playlist.


And for more information about preserving New Jersey's land and natural resources, visit the New Jersey Conservation Foundation website at www.njconservation.org.

 Step Into Nature Challenge

THE STATE WE'RE IN is a weekly column by Michele S. Byers, Executive Director.  CLICK HERE  for archives of previous articles.
 
 
Established in 1960, New Jersey Conservation Foundation is a private, not-for-profit organization. Our mission is to preserve New Jersey's land and natural resources for the benefit of all.  Through acquisition, stewardship, advocacy and partnerships, we save land, manage environmental resources, promote strong land use policies, and forge alliances in order to permanently protect open space, farms and urban parks all over New Jersey.

For more information, visit our website at www.njconservation.org or call 1-888-LAND-SAVE (1-888-526-3728). 

New SITES rating system for landscapes             (Posted: 7-7-15)

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USDA-NRCS Press Release: NRCS honors New Jersey winners of national volunteer awards             (Posted: 6-24-15)

NRCS honors New Jersey winners of national volunteer awards


Flemington, June 17, 2015 –  Four of the 16 Earth Team Volunteers recognized nationally for their work with USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in New Jersey received their awards from State Conservationist Carrie Mosley on Wednesday. The award presentation took place at the Hunterdon County Complex where Mosley and the State Technical Committee were meeting following a conservation tour in Hunterdon County.

Clint Lehman of Toms River, Jennifer Nale of Marlton, and Kristy Northrup of Marmora were among the 15 volunteers who assisted with the Subaqueous Soil Survey of Barnegat Bay and earned the National Group Volunteer Award – Northeast Region for the many hours they spent on the water and in the lab, retrieving and documenting soil samples of the bottom sediments of the bay. This survey will help to inform crucial decisions made regarding the restoration of Barnegat Bay. The entire project was labor-intensive and could not have been accomplished without the 15 Earth Team volunteers who gave over 500 hours to the work. In addition to working on the Barnegat Bay project, Jennifer Nale assisted NRCS soil scientist Fred Schoenagel with field work.

Amanda Curry of Hillsborough won the National Individual Earth Team Individual Award – Northeast Region and also joined Mosley and the Committee for the presentation ceremony. A recent graduate with a degree in Environmental Science from Florida State University, Curry won the National Individual Volunteer Award for her work assisting the Frenchtown Service Center and four additional offices with a wide range of conservation work in both the field and office. She gave over 350 hours of her time throughout the summer and was nominated for the award by NRCS biologist Evan Madlinger.

Members of the Barnergat Bay group not present for the ceremony in Hunterdon include Ryan Sullivan (Forked River), Matthew Crane (Florham Park), Donald Arrington (Brick), Britta Wenzel (Lavallette), Mihaela Enache (volunteer through DEP Trenton), Bianca Reo (Parsippany), Alexa Ornstein (Manahawkin), Brian Nester (Virginia Tech grad recently hired as NRCS soil scientist in Kansas), Ruth Anderson (Virginia Tech student), Frank Tunstead (Brielle), Kevin Flynn (West Keansburg), and Michelle Gluck (Waretown).

Rob Tunstead, NRCS soil scientist, was also recognized as the recipient of the New Jersey NRCS Employee Earth Team Award for his outstanding leadership of the Subaqueous Soil Survey of Barnegat Bay Group. Rob coordinated and supervised their activities, attending to quality control and water safety.

The national
awards were announced in April during National Volunteer Week. To learn more about NRCS’s Earth Team program, visit www.nj.nrcs.usda.gov and navigate through Topics to People-Volunteers or contact Laura Coover at laura.coover@nj.usda.gov or 732-462-0075 extension 108.

USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer. To file a complaint of discrimination, write to USDA, Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Stop 9410, Washington, DC 20250-9410, or call toll-free at (866) 632-9992 (English) or (800) 877-8339 (TDD)or (866) 377-8642 (English Federal-relay) or (800) 845-6136 (Spanish Federal-relay).

US GRS 2015 winners             (Posted: 6-24-15)

Administration Honors Schools, Districts and Postsecondary Institutions for Sustainable Facilities, Health, and Learning Practices

White House Council on Environmental Quality Managing Director Christy Goldfuss and NOAA Director of Education Louisa Koch joined U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan yesterday to congratulate the 2015 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools, District Sustainability Awardees, and Postsecondary Sustainability Awardees on their achievements at a ceremony in Washington, D.C.

At the event, 58 schools and 14 districts were honored for their leadership in reducing environmental impact and costs, promoting better health, and ensuring effective environmental education. In addition, 9 colleges and universities were honored with the first-ever Postsecondary Sustainability Award. Representatives from the schools, districts and postsecondary institutions received sustainably crafted plaques and banners in recognition of their achievements.

Duncan also announced a new and improved Green Strides website, which features resources and webinars for all schools to go green, as well as all past honorees. The new and improved website is sponsored by the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council.

“I congratulate these schools, districts and postsecondary institutions for their commitment to sustainable facilities, health, and classroom practices,” Duncan said.  “By exploring complex sustainability topics that affect our society, our environment, and our economy, students are learning to solve the challenges of the future and preparing for jobs that don’t yet exist.”

“President Obama believes we have a moral obligation to leave behind a cleaner, healthier, and safer planet for our children and grandchildren,” said Goldfuss. “That’s why inspiring and preparing the next generation of leaders to tackle the tough challenges facing our planet is so important. Today’s honorees have shown they are up to the task, setting an example that schools and districts across the country can follow.”

"We are building an environmentally literate world that will be cleaner and safer for future generations through programs such as U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools." said Koch. "The award touches upon elements of NOAA's mission of science, service and stewardship and we acknowledge the honorees as well as all nominees of this award."

The honorees include 52 public schools and six private schools serving elementary, middle and high school students. The public schools include two charter and three magnet schools. Of the 2015 honorees 34 (47 percent) serve a disadvantaged student body and 19 (23 percent) serve rural students. Of the nine postsecondary honorees, one-third are community colleges.

View the list and the annual highlights report summarizing the work of each of the 81 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools, District Sustainability Awardees, and Postsecondary Sustainability Awardees.

Resources for all schools to move toward the pillars of the award can be found at www.greenstrides.org. The three pillars are 1) reducing environmental impact and costs, including waste, water, energy use and alternative transportation; 2) improving the health and wellness of students and staff, including environmental health, nutrition and fitness; and 3) providing effective sustainability education, including robust environmental education that engages STEM, civic skills and green career pathways.

Oysters, Cape May, and the Rutgers connection.....             (Posted: 6-4-15)

The next time you sit down and enjoy a plate of plump, succulent, delicious oysters, most commonly known locally as Cape May Salts, take a moment to thank our very own State University of New Jersey, Rutgers, because it's more than likely that the oysters you are enjoying were bred, cultivated and began life at the Rutgers Aquaculture Innovation Center (AIC) situated off Bayshore Road on the north bank of the Cape May Canal.

After spawning, viable oyster "seeds" or "spats" are sold to independent entrepreneurs who go about the arduous and time consuming work of actually raising or "farming" the oysters. Locally, farming oysters is now an important growth industry since it creates good year-round jobs and is reviving a valuable niche food source that many thought was gone for good.

The AIC also seeks to identify evolving markets for farmed oysters and new suitable locations to grow and farm even more oysters. Improving the quality of Jersey oysters is of paramount importance, but the overriding objective is sustainability. New Jersey's oyster industry was all but wiped out half a century ago by disease and over harvesting. The AIC's fundamental objective is to do everything possible to avoid a repeat of that collapse.

The resurgence of the oyster here in Cape May is a true success story. Now, New Jersey Audubon's Nature Center of Cape May in partnership with Rutgers has made possible an exclusive behind the scenes tour of this cutting edge scientific research facility. Scheduled tour dates are Saturday June, 13th, July 11th and August 8th from 9:30 to 10:30. Tour size is limited and preregistration is required. Contact the Nature Center of Cape May, 609-898-8848 for registration and directions, or to schedule private tours. Cost is $10 for members and $15 for non-members.

PANJ green hour and ANJEE...             (Posted: 6-4-15)

Last night we saw the future and, perhaps for once, it looked good.

We were joined by four young people who gave us hope that they might be able to do a better job of protecting our future that we have.

Our four guests on the show were Keniah Newton from the Barack Obama Green Charter High School from Plainfeld, NJ, Anna Marsh and Danny Goldman from the Lawrenceville HS in NJ and Rekha Dhillon-Richardson from Springside-Chestnut Hill Academy in Pa.

Different backgrounds and experiences but all were smart, innovative, dynamic, competent, eloquent and passionate. Their joint achievements to date would take up too much space to list here but you can find out more on www.greenhourradio.com

As Anna noted, climate change should be the Civil Rights issue of today, energizing a new generation with the need to act. And those who currently have the power - their parents and their generation - need to listen to what these students have to say.

These students left me inspired and with real hope that today's youth just might be smart and passionate enough to avoid what Danny called, quite rightly, the possibility of catastrophic climate change. But we cannot wait until they have the levers of power. Let's do whatever we can to help them now.

Listen to what these young people had to say every day this week at 3 and 6pm on www.panjradio.com or later in the week via podcast on www.greenhourradio.com And share widely, particularly with educators and students - these young people deserve to be heard and others need to be inspired to raise the bar.

As Bob Dylan wrote;
Come senators, congressmen
Please heed the call
Don't stand in the doorway
Don't block up the hall
For he that gets hurt
Will be he who has stalled
There's a battle outside and it is ragin'
It'll soon shake your windows and rattle your walls
For the times they are a-changin'

Gery Juleff
Host of the 'Green Hour'
www.greenhourradio.com
www.panjradio.com
panjgreenhour@gmail.com
609 529 0149

EPA Issues Rule To Protect 4,000 miles of NJ Streams             (Posted: 6-1-15)

Obama Admin’s EPA Issues Rule To Protect 4,000 miles of NJ Streams

Rule Will Provide Federal Backstop for Headwater Streams & Wetlands

Trenton – More than 4,000 miles of New Jersey’s streams, including those feeding the Delaware and the Jersey Shore, will gain federal protections under a final rule signed today by top Obama administration officials. The measure restores Clean Water Act safeguards to small streams and headwaters and wetlands that have been vulnerable to development and pollution for nearly ten years.

“From the Delaware to the D & R Canal, the waters that provide our drinking water can only be clean if the streams that flow into it are protected,” said Doug O’Malley, director of Environment New Jersey. “That’s why today’s action is a huge victory for clean water.”

By closing a loophole created by Supreme Court decisions in 2001 and 2006, today’s rule returns Clean Water Act protections to streams that feed the drinking water sources for more than 4 million New Jerseyans and one in three Americans. Millions of acres of wetlands, vital for flood control and filtering pollutants, will also again be shielded under federal law.

“For decades, the Clean Water Act has been a cornerstone of U.S. environmental protections—ensuring that millions of Americans have access to safe drinking water, pollution-free places for swimming, fishing, and hunting and reliable water sources for business operations and agriculture.  Unfortunately, these safeguards have been jeopardized by several conflicting court rulings that created confusion for businesses and made it difficult to go after polluters,” said Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ).

“I’ve heard from thousands of my constituents about the need to restore these protections—and I’m pleased to see the Administration has done just that.  This rule will make clear which waters are protected under the Clean Water Act while maintaining appropriate exemptions for agriculture and creating greater certainty for business.  I strongly support the Administration’s proposal and will continue fighting to preserve clean water for New Jerseyans and all Americans for generations to come.”

The court rulings had put small streams, headwaters and certain wetlands in a perilous legal limbo, allowing polluters and developers to dump into them or destroy them in many cases without a permit. In a four-year period following the decisions, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency had to drop more than 1,500 cases against polluters, according to one analysis by The New York Times.

First proposed in March 2014, the joint rule by EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is backed by robust scientific review and has gained broad support across a wide range of constituencies. Mayors, brewers, kayakers, anglers, small businesses, and farmers have signaled their support.  New Jerseyans joined Americans across the country to submit 800,000 comments in favor of the rule last fall.

Environment New Jersey, Clean Water Action, Stony Brook Millstone Watershed Association, the New Jersey Sierra Club and the Delaware Riverkeeper Network in conjunction with local farmers and businesses are holding a town hall meeting on the EPA Clean Water Rule tonight in Pennington and released a video – produced by the Delaware Riverkeeper Network – outlining public support for the rule.

“The Raritan, the Passaic, the Hackensack, the Delaware, the Hudson and Barnegat Bay – these water bodies define New Jersey. But they rely on a network of streams and wetlands that have been at risk for nearly 10 years. We are so thrilled that the Obama administration has finalized the Clean Water Rule and ensured that New Jersey’s vital streams and wetlands are once again protected,” said Dave Pringle, campaign director for Clean Water Action. 

New Jersey’s environmental advocates are among those pushing for restored stream protections for the better part of the last decade, gathered more than 70,000 comments from New Jerseyans and held more than 150,000 face-to-face conversations about the need to close the loophole in the Clean Water Act in the last year alone.

“We applaud the Obama Administration for proposing a new rule that will help protect important waterways, wetlands, and drinking water for the American people. This rule closes loopholes and ends different interpretations on how to protect clean water under the Clean Water Act. These are called ‘Waters Of The United States’ because they belong to all of US. They do not belong to developers, agribusiness, or polluters. They belong to the people of this country. The same politicians in Washington that want to drill in the Arctic, drill off of coast, prevent action on reducing greenhouse gases and deny climate change, are now trying to deny us clean water. This rule will help protect habitat, species, and fisheries, as well as prevent flooding and provide clean drinking water. We are supporting the rule and will fight with those in Congress with a dirty water agenda that will take the side of polluters and try to stop this rule from going forward. When Woody Guthrie said this land is your land, he also included the waters. Waters belong to all of us,” said Jeff Tittel, Director of the New Jersey Sierra Club. 

Despite broad public support for restored clean water protections, oil and gas companies, developers, and other polluters have waged a bitter campaign against them. The U.S. House has passed multiple bills to block or severely weaken the rule, including one measure as recently as two weeks ago.

“We welcome EPA’s adoption of rules that provide clarity and consistency to the implementation of the Clean Water Act.  The rule will help improve protections for water resources that are vital to a healthy environment and to the health of our state and the nation,” said Mike Pisauro, policy director for the Stony Brook Millstone Watershed Association, which is hosting tonight’s town hall meeting.

While today’s action signaled the final chapter in the decade-long fight for small streams and headwaters, advocates warned today that U.S. Senate leaders were more determined than ever to use their authority derail the Clean Water Rule. Last Tuesday, a key subcommittee adopted a measure by Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) to thwart the rule. This summer, the Senate is likely to use the Congressional Review Act block the clean water protections, setting up a veto fight with the president.

“Every one of the 216 waterways that feed the Delaware River Basin in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware, first begins as a series of many tiny creeks and streams or wetlands that bubble-up out of the ground or flow down a mountain side.  But it is precisely those small waterways, vernal pools and wetlands that are not adequately protected and, in fact, are often filled, paved-over and piped underground for one form of development or another.  EPA’s proposed Clean Water Act Rules will help better protect these critically important waterways for the humans and wildlife that depend on them,” said Maya van Rossum, the Delaware Riverkeeper.

****Please note our new office address in New Brunswick*****

Doug O'Malley

Director, Environment New Jersey

104 Bayard Street, Sixth Floor

New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Cell: 917-449-6812; Twitter: @DougOMalleyENJ

Master Gardeners Invite You to Their House             (Posted: 5-14-15)

Master Gardeners Open Butterfly House to the Public

The Butterfly House located at the EARTH Center inside Davidson's Mill Pond Park will have its grand opening from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, June 6. It will be open for the public's enjoyment from 10 a.m. to noon every Saturday and Sunday in June, July and August thereafter.

This "hoop house" is filled with plants that feed and shelter butterflies and larvae native to New Jersey. The enclosed conditions allow visitors to take a close look at these beautiful insects. Visitors also will learn about butterfly host plants and attracting butterflies to the home garden. Interested children will be given nets and invited to capture butterflies for the house. Visiting the butterfly house, maintained through the Master Gardener Program, is a FREE activity.

Master Gardeners are trained by Rutgers Cooperative Extension experts to provide sound advice on horticulture and environmental stewardship to residents of their home county. Also found at the Middlesex County EARTH Center are various demonstration gardens including a huge vegetable display garden, and a 13-bed, hard-scaped herb garden.

"The Master Gardeners have contributed their time and efforts to so many great programs for the County," said Middlesex County Freeholder Director Ronald G. Rios. "The butterfly house is a favorite for obvious reasons -- it's a fun and educational outing for families of all kinds."

"The whole County looks forward to the Master Gardener programs, especially at this time of year," said Freeholder Kenneth Armwood, Chair of the Business Development and Education Committee. "Projects like the butterfly house allow all of Middlesex County, especially its children, to explore our connection to nature and appreciate its beauty."

The butterfly house and other gardens are located inside the County's Davidson's Mill Pond Park, 42 Riva Ave., South Brunswick.

If you have questions about planting spring bulbs or if an unfamiliar bug has invaded your house, no matter what season, Middlesex County's Extension office will assist you with the FREE Master Gardener Helpline.

Residents of Middlesex County are encouraged to call 732-398-5220 with questions on plants, bugs and home conservation practices. The Master Gardeners' training and access to reference material prepares them to identify insects and disease in gardens, and advise others on alternatives to herbicides and pesticides.

Rutgers University trained Master Gardeners are available from 9 a.m. until 12 noon Mondays through Fridays during the growing season. You can also e-mail your questions and concerns to mastergardeners@co.middlesex.nj.us.

Callers can also leave a message anytime, and staff will return the call as soon as possible.

"Birds in my Backyard" an exhibit at the Nature Center of Cape May.             (Posted: 5-14-15)

Backyard Birds!

Could there be a better place to observe and photograph birds than at the feeder in your very own backyard? If you are a photographer, you know the venue and the lighting; you are safe, warm and comfortable, and out of the wind in your own space, and you probably even know your subjects. Bill Bader has applied this simple concept to his recent, "Bird Series" which will be on exhibit at the Nature Center of Cape May starting Friday, May 15, 2015, and running through the end of June.

According to Bader, "While watching birds sitting on the fence waiting their turn at the bird feeder one thing stood out, they had personality. Comical at times, serene at other times, they even exhibited an intimidating Clint Eastwood I-can-stare-you-down look. Although the artist in me realizes that it might be the light and angles creating these impressions, its still fun to imagine just what these creatures are thinking."

Bill Bader is a lifetime resident of South Jersey, a lover of photography since the 60's and owner of Cape Graphics since 1994. His personal interest in photography and computers has enabled him to exercise creativity in the creation of digital art pieces above and beyond the simple, but engaging wildlife images on display at the Nature Center's Art Gallery.

Questions about visiting the gallery should be directed to the Nature Center of Cape May, 609-898-8848. For more information about the exhibit or to purchase prints please visit the website: www.bcimageworks.com. Purchases benefit the Nature Center of Cape May.

Birth Announcement: Red-tail Royalty Hatch First Chick at Cornell             (Posted: 5-4-15)

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