Harlequin Ducks preening in NJ

Harlequin Ducks preening

Barnegat Lighthouse State Park, LBI NJ

December 2018

When engaged in behavioral interactions, the Harlequin Duck gives distinctly unducklike squeaks, the source of one of its local names: sea mouse. More info on Harlequins –https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Harlequin_Duck/overview

Tamron USA SP 150-600mm VC + Lumix GH4

83rd Annual Boonton Christmas Bird Count

Scenes from the 83rd Annual Boonton Christmas Bird Count

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It was great to meet up with all of the passionate local birders this morning at the Empire Diner in Parsippany NJ before getting outside.  We overhead stories of double digit Screech Owls and a Barn Owl being detected in the pre-dawn hours.

We had a sunny morning outdoors, tallied 29 species of birds for a total of 175 birds observed in our territory.

See our sighting checklist here – https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50892929

We will await the full Boonton CBC tally from mocosocoBirds

POWWW 2018 Annual General Meeting and Hike

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Thank you to everyone who attended yesterday’s POWWW Annual General Meeting & Hike.  We started out at the Cedar Lake Clubhouse in Denville and reviewed trail updates, noteworthy donations, and other organizational news over coffee and bagels.  We then hit the trails for a nice loop to the scenic Hog Pen and enjoyed some fall foliage along the way.

The next Protect Our Wetlands Water and Woods scheduled events are:

Jonathan’s Woods Trail Work Party

Sunday November 18th at 8:30AM

Meet at the Old Beach Glen Parking Lot as we re-route the birders loop in conjunction with the Morris County Park Commission.  Volunteers will help clear the trail of branches and trim invasive plants.



Tuesday November 27th 8AM

Every year on Giving Tuesday, people come together on Facebook to support causes they care about. This year, Facebook and PayPal will be matching up to $7 million in donations.  Fund matching begins precisely at 8AM EST and ends when matching funds are depleted.  Expect on funds matching depleted before 10AM


About Protect Our Wetlands Water and Woods

POWWW is a registered Denville 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization which focuses on open space conservation and environmental education. Since 1989 POWWW has partnered with local municipalities to preserve 650 acres of permanent open space for passive recreation.  All board members serve are unpaid volunteers with a passion for the environment.

For more information on Protect Our Wetlands Water Woods:



email – info@powww.org

Landscapes of New Jersey on display now

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Local photographer, Dave Blinder, invites you to view his comprehensive statewide nature photography exhibit “Landscapes of New Jersey”.  All 21 counties of The Garden State are represented by a single landscape image and accompanying descriptions of all locales are provided.  Also provided is a printed handout listing each work of art, the town and county in which it was captured, and a hyperlink to learn more about these invaluable natural areas.
An electronic PDF with live hyperlinks is available upon request. The goal of “Landscapes of New Jersey” is to celebrate the diverse natural areas within the state and to encourage residents to explore all of the far reach of The Garden State.  “Landscapes of New Jersey” is on display at the Haggerty Education Center within the Frelinghuysen Arboretum now until the end of November 2018.
An artist’s opening will be hosted by Dave on Saturday November 10th from 2PM-3PM at the Haggerty Education Center. Refreshments will be provided so please come to mix and mingle.
Visitors Information:
Haggerty Education Center – 9:00 am to 4:30 pm every day of the week (except holidays).
353 East Hanover Ave.
Morris Township, NJ 07962
Dave Blinder is a Morris County NJ native.  Dave is a licensed real estate agent, real estate photographer, volunteer boardmember of the Protect Our Wetlands, Water, and Woods 501(c)3 open-space organization and also a land steward to Troy Meadows in Parsippany.  Dave regularly teaches photography for libraries and youth organizations.
For more information about the artist:
email – dave@daveblinder.com


Bob Perkins Memorial at Troy Meadows

Saturday October 27th 2018
Troy Meadows, Parsippany, New Jersey
Hosted by Wildlife Preserves

A small crowd gathered to celebrate the life and achievements of Bob Perkins at the Troy Meadows Nature Preserve.  Celebratory speeches were given by Len Fariello, Reverend Kenneth Austenberg, Anita Austenberg-Shotwell, Luca Fariello and William Fiore Esquire.  A beautiful memorial plaque in Bob’s memory was unveiled, friends were reunited, and a good time was had by all.

Also in attendance:

Ranger Pauline, Ranger Raf, Ranger Hawk, Land Steward Dave Blinder, Ed & Sarah Sammans, Chuck Hantis, Dave Landry, Geoff Millington, Ellen Jones, Blaine Rothauser, Diane Louie (NJ Audubon)


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Bob Perkins’ Obituary:

Robert (Bob) Logan Perkins, Jr., 89, was born on June 23, 1927 and passed away on June 16, 2017, just a few days short of his ninetieth birthday.

Robert’s legacy is preserving vast freshwater marshland in the central Passaic River Basin from Great Swamp north to Black Meadows, Troy Meadows and Great Piece Meadows.

He is the founding father of Wildlife Preserves, Inc., a private, nonprofit land conservation organization dedicated to the preservation of natural areas, open space, wildlife, and wildlife habitats for conservation, education, and research. He was an avid bird watcher and could recognize thousands of birds and hundreds of bird calls.

He was known for walking through swamps with a pair of binoculars and a canoe paddle to blaze his way. He was one of 105 students attended The Putney Boarding School in Putney, Vermont and graduated Yale in 1955.

In his youth, he raised funds from rich, private philanthropists who loved birds; he charmed hundreds of land owners and bought thousands of acres of natural lands under the name of Wildlife Preserves, Inc.

The US Fish and Wildlife Service praised Bob Perkins regarding his accomplishment for consolidating hundreds of individual lots of land into one contiguous parcel at Troy Meadows; a letter written in 1960 from the Fish and Wildlife Service states, “(He) did what no one else was able to do before him.” Wildlife Preserves donated, sold, and in some cases its lands were taken to create many parks and forests in the Northeast. Parts of the Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuges, the Fire Island National Seashore and three Morris County Parks were saved and once owned and by Wildlife Preserves.

Mr. Perkins acquired marshlands from the Delaware Bay in Delaware and southern New Jersey, north through the Pine Barrens, along the central Passaic Basin to the Appalachian mountains of northern New Jersey, through New York State, and as far north as New Hampshire and Maine.

He acquired more land than he could keep track of and lost lots of parcels to foreclosure for lack of paying property taxes.

Landscapes of New Jersey, November 2018 at Frelinghuysen Arboretum

Join us for the opening of my “Landscapes of New Jersey” photography exhibit.

Saturday November 10th at 2PM

New Jersey art exhibit

Landscapes of New Jersey photography exhibit by Dave Blinder

The exhibit includes 1 framed piece for each county within New Jersey (21 in total). The purpose of the exhibit is to celebrate open space and the importance of our local natural resources. The centerpiece of the exhibit “Day’s End at Great Bay” is my personal favorite and is framed to over 3 feet.

If you don’t care for art you can just come for wine and cheese!

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The Frelinghuysen Arboretum – Haggerty Center
353 East Hanover Ave, Morris Township, NJ 07960


If you have any questions about the exhibit you can email me at dave@daveblinder.com

2019 Refrigerator Magnet

I am preparing a 4″x7″ 2019 real estate refrigerator magnet with important dates and four of my favorite NJ seasonal nature photographs.
Let me know if you’d like one!

Dave Blinder Weichert Realtors Mountain Lakes NJ

4 of my favorite local NJ seasonal images that will be featured on my 2019 magnetic calendar!

Protect Our Wetlands Water and Woods September 2018 Hawk Watch Hike

Thank you to everyone who joined us for this morning’s Protect Our Wetlands Water and Woods (POWWW) September Hawk Watch Hike and nice to see other friends and volunteers out this morning Wildcat Ridge WMA Hawk Watch!

All photos taken with the Tamron USA 18-400mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC HLD All-In-One Lens.


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We travelled approximately 6 miles round trip and began our trip on the Orange Trail on Old Beach Glen Road on Rockaway.  We followed the Orange Trail for a nice riparian walk parallel to the Beaver Brook before making a waterway crossing via the Eagle Scout Bridge.  We then walked across Meridan Road to pick up the Blue Trail within Wildcat Ridge Wildlife Management Area.

We ascended the Blue Trail and turned onto the Red/Blue Blaze before finally connecting to the White Trail (Four Birds Trail) and heading to our destination at the Wildcat Ridge WMA Hawk Watch.

Wildlife sightings included: Northern Cricket Frog, Pickerel Frog, Pileated Woodpecker (2), Sharp-shinned Hawk, Black Bear!, Five-lined Skinks

About POWWW:

Protect Our Wetlands Water and Woods’ Mission is to protect wetlands, woodlands and potable water supplies throughout the Beaver Brook watershed in Denville, Rockaway and Boonton Townships. POWWW identifies and supports land acquisition and provides site stewardship and public education programs. POWWW is a charitable 501(c)(3) Denville-based non-profit open space organization.  Founded in 1987, POWWW has partnered with local municipalities to preserve 650 acres of permanent open space for passive recreation.

Find POWWW on the web:



For more information, upcoming events, or donations please email us at:


Hatchling Snapping Turtle Video from Great Swamp NWR

September 3rd 2018

Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge in Morris County NJ

2 of these young ones out on the gravel trails near the Helen C Fenske visitor center on Pleasant Plains Road.  I already had my camera low to the ground for macrophotography so I threw caution to the wind and let the “videotapes” run.

Canon 5Dsr + Sigma 50mmm EX macro

Still images of the young Snapping Turtle here – https://www.facebook.com/daveblinderphotography/posts/1116588538513960

Couple of shots from Rockaway Twp NJ

2 quick shots from my hike up to Wildcat Ridge WMA Hawk Watch this morning in Rockaway Township NJ.

I was scouting out the trail conditions for our upcoming Protect our Wetlands, Water and Woods September 15th hike – https://www.facebook.com/events/322868031605161/

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Sasso Tract in Rockaway Township NJ, this is a great connector trail from Jonathan’s Woods to Wildcat Ridge.

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Frank Budney scans for migrating hawks at Wildcat Ridge WMA Hawk Watch. Rockaway Township NJ, August 2018.


More details for POWWW’s September 15th Hawk Watch Hike are here on TapInto.