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Salamander Migration Update #3

Posted by Friends EB EC on February 21, 2016 at 3:30 PM Comments comments (0)

The warmer temperatures have been steadily melting the ice on the vernal pools. The Friends are constantly monitoring field conditions and the weather forecast in our attempt to predict the annual Spotted Salamander and frog migration to our vernal pools. The forecast for early this week features temperatures in the 40's and an even warmer day on Wednesday with steady (and possibly heavy) rain all day and into the night. If that pans out, we will definitely close the road. Similar conditions around this date in previous years have had big salamander and frog movements. So stay tuned and be sure to join the Friends (it's free) so you'll have the most timely information about the migration and all of our other cool programs and events.

NEVER (AND WE MEAN NEVER) WALK BEEKMAN ROAD AT NIGHT IF THE ROAD IS NOT CLOSED!!!


Salamander Migration 2016, Update #2

Posted by Friends EB EC on February 17, 2016 at 7:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Last night we closed the road for the first time. We didn't advertise it because we suspected it was too early. We were erring on the side of extreme caution because of the incredibly mild temperatures and heavy rain. As it turned out, our suspicions were confirmed and we were the only living thing walking across Beekman Road. It is wonderfully humbling that after 13 years of road closings and protecting the migrating frogs and spotted salamanders that we still have so much to learn about the migration. As it turned out, it seems like the exceptionally frigid cold over the weekend really froze the ground and even the quick rise into the 50's and heavy rain wasn't enough to defrost it. So the salamanders and frogs that are hibernating underground or in other sheltered spots beneath logs and in rotting tree stumps just didn't have the environmental cues they needed to awaken and migrate to the vernal pools. But it won't be long now. We are carefully watching the weather and continuously assessing the field conditions and will see everyone soon. Hopefully on a wonderful, raw, wet night filled with spotted salamanders and choruses of Spring peepers, Chorus frogs and Wood frogs that let us know we've made it through winter!


Salamander Migration 2016, Update #1

Posted by Friends EB EC on February 4, 2016 at 9:00 AM Comments comments (0)

As everyone knows this winter has been one of extremes, ranging from exceptionally warm temperatures and butterflies still flying in December to one of the largest snow storms we've had last week to the incredible warmth of the last few days. These are the kind of conditions that drive us crazy trying to figure out the timing of the frog and salamander migration to the vernal pools along Beekman Road. We've already made arrangements with the Police and by next week we will be ready to close the road if needed. It looks to be a cold week and there may even be another snow storm but the migration will happen soon.

 

The Friends have already begun monitoring the vernal pools and Beekman Road. Last night with the incredibly warm temperature and steady rain we took our first look. The pools were still ice covered and there was spotty snow in the woods but remarkably, there about 1/2 dozen spring peepers popping around. This is by far the earliest we've ever seen amphibians on Beekman Road by about 2 weeks at least. Whether this means an early migration remains to be seen but given the winter so far, we are expecting that. Stay tuned and we will continue to update what we see and what we think may happen. It can't be too long until that magical, raw, rainy night when our beloved spotted salamanders make their annual journey to the vernal pools along with the frogs.


IMPORTANT REMINDERS ABOUT SAFETY

Be carful when you park - there is a big ditch next to the parking area at the back to Tamarack - car have been stuck there a few times recently.

Please be aware that Church Lane is very dark and cars move at fast speeds. Use extreme caution when parking or crossing the road and especially be watchful of your children. NEVER WALK BEEKMAN ROAD AT NIGHT IF THE ROAD IS NOT CLOSED - IT IS NOT SAFE!!!

If you come to the road, EVERYONE (Children included) MUST have their OWN flashlight. It will help see things in the dark, make the night much more fun and prevent accidentally stepping on a salamander or spring peeper.

NEVER (AND WE MEAN NEVER) WALK BEEKMAN ROAD AT NIGHT IF THE ROAD IS NOT CLOSED!!!



Garden plots available

Posted by Friends EB EC on January 18, 2016 at 4:25 PM Comments comments (0)

 

Garden plots availble for new gardenrs at our award winning Community Garden.

 

East Brunswick residents only. Each plot is 10'x10'. $10 for the year.

 

East Brunswick residents only.

 

More information and online registration at http://ebcommunitygarden.webs.com



Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Middlesex County December 2015 Calendar of Events

Posted by Friends EB EC on December 1, 2015 at 11:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Middlesex County

December 2015 Calendar of Events

The following programs will take place at the EARTH Center, in Davidson’s Mill Pond Park, 42 Riva Ave., South Brunswick, NJ

unless otherwise noted.

GPS Coordinates to our facility are N 40° 24.760, W 74° 29.848.

For more info on any program contact 732-398-5260.

Happy Holidays!

This month’s offerings are as follows.

Alternative Heating for Your Home

Wednesday, Dec. 2, 6:30 to 8 p.m.

EARTH Center in Davidsons Mill Pond Park, 42 Riva Ave. South, Brunswick NJ.

Recently many homeowners have chosen to heat their home using wood or pellet stoves.

Rutgers agents will discuss these and other options as well, including solar energy and geothermal energy.

This program is free with registration. No “walk-ins” permitted. Call 732-398-5262

4-H Breakfast with Santa and His Furry, Feathered Friends

Saturday, Dec. 5, Seating’s at 8:30 & 11AM

Meet Santa & Enjoy Petting Zoo,

$8 for adults, $6 for children (ages 9 & under), and includes breakfast,

4-H Youth Center 645 Cranbury Rd., E. Brunswick

For tickets call 732-398-5261. All proceeds will benefit the 4-H program.

 

Lawrence Brook Watershed Partnership Membership Meeting

Tuesday, Dec.15, 7:30 PM.

Speaker to be announced. For location and details contact Alan Godber 732-249-5297

Donations Accepted for 4-H’s Project GIFT

Project GIFT provides a free shopping day for our neighbors in need.

Would you like to help out? Before Dec. 11, bring NEW toys, or

monetary donations to the EARTH Center.

Gifts will go to needy kids throughout Middlesex County.

 

For more info call 732-398-5261.

COMING SOON FOR 2016

Rutgers Environmental Steward Program

Rutgers Environmental Stewards Program aims to help residents expand their awareness of science based information on environmental issues and facilitate positive change in their community. Classes take place on Wednesday evenings starting in January.

Visit www.envirostewards.rutgers.edu or call 732-398-5274 or e-mail Bakacs@aesop.rutgers.edu for details and registration.

Butterfly Park Cleanup

Posted by Friends EB EC on October 29, 2015 at 8:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Come help weed and clean our park.

Sunday, October 18, 9am-11am.

Bring gardening gloves!


Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Middlesex County August 2015 Calendar of Events

Posted by Friends EB EC on August 5, 2015 at 11:45 AM Comments comments (0)


 

 

Unless otherwise noted, the following events take place at the

 

EARTH Center, located in Davidson Mill Pond Park, 42 Riva Ave., South Brunswick, NJ.

 

For info on any program contact 732-398-5260732-398-5260.

 

GPS Coordinates to our facility are N 40° 24.760, W 74° 29.848.

 

 

We are on Facebook. Search “Earth Center of Middlesex County” then “Like Us”.

 

 

August offerings are as follows.

 

 

August 3 - 9, at the Middlesex County Fair

 

655 Cranbury Road, East Brunswick, NJ 08816

 

 

Rutgers Master Gardeners Q & A in the Agriculture Pavilion

 

Monday – Friday 5:00 - 10:00 pm

Saturday- 2:00 - 10:00 pm

Sunday- 2:00 - 8:00 pm

 

Consult with experts face to face. Bring samples, solve problems.

 

 

4-H Community at the Fair’s 4-H Village

 

Monday - Friday 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Saturday- 11:00 am - 11:00 pm

Sunday - 11:00 am - 11:00 pm

 

More than 400 4-H Members will be showcasing their 4-H Projects, including small animals, dogs,

 

horses, livestock, remote control cars, crafts, clothing, dance and more during the fair.

 

Wednesday night is Kid’s Night with free arts & crafts face painting and tattoos.

 

Learn more on the program or sign your child up for 4-H in the 4-H Presentation Tent!

 

4-H Alumni Reunion Sat., Aug. 8 2 to 5 p.m. at the 4-H Youth Center at

 

645 Cranbury Road adjacent to the Fairgrounds

 

 

August 15, Saturday 11 am - 3 pm (rain date Aug. 16)

 

EARTH Center Garden Field Day/Open House- Join us for our biggest event all year.

 

Garden Tours, Butterfly House, Demonstrations, Taste Tests, Live Music & Family Fun!

 

Bring outstanding selections from your garden for the “Greatest of the Garden” competition.

 

Categories include… Biggest Tomato, Cucumber, Pumpkin, Squash, Water Melon,

 

Longest Gourd, All Vegetables..Best Likeness to Celebrity or Historical Figure.

 

 

Eco-Ventures at the EARTH Center

 

August –24-28 Monday - Friday 9 am – 2 pm

 

Register your 5 - 8th grader now for our

 

Environmental Summer Day program.

 

Spaces still available…. Call 732-398-5261732-398-5261

 

 

Friendly Reminder!

 

 

Master Gardener Program Orientation

 

Thursday, Sept. 10, 6:30 pm or Friday, Sept. 11, 9:30 am

 

Interested in the program? We are the only County that has an evening class…

 

Come to these sessions to learn what it takes.

 

 

If you would like to be removed from our list, simply reply with

 

“remove from IPCT” in the subject. Thank you.

 

 

Rutgers Cooperative Extension, a unit of the Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station is an equal opportunity program provider and employer.

 

 

 

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Moth Nignht - July 18, Jamesburg park.

Posted by Friends EB EC on July 17, 2015 at 1:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Saturday July 18, 2015 8:00 PM - 11:00 PM

jamesburg park, east brunswick

 

Nature enthusiasts of all ages are invited to grab their cameras and head over to Port Street alongside Jamesburg Park at 8 p.m. Saturday, July 18, for the kickoff of National Moth Week, sponsored by the Friends of the East Brunswick Environmental Commission.

 

A Mercury vapor light and white sheet will be set up and a long sugar bait trail will be created to attract moths after dark. The Jamesburg Park Conservation Area is part of the Middlesex County Parks system. It lies within the Spotswood Outlier—the northernmost area of New Jersey Pine Barrens habitat separated from the main area of the Pine Barrens to the south by about 15 miles. This protected area is situated in East Brunswick, Helmetta, Spotswood and Monroe Township. It is rich in vegetation diversity and should be an interesting place to look for moths.

 

Attendees may park along Port Street off of Helmetta Blvd. Flashlights and closed shoes are recommended for walking along dark trails.

 

National Moth Week, celebrated this year from July 18 to 26, shines a spotlight on moths, calling attention to their beauty, biodiversity and ecological importance. It was started in 2012 by the Friends of the East Brunswick Environmental Commission and quickly became an international event attracting citizen scientists in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and over 40 countries.

 

Participants are encouraged to document their sightings and contribute their photos to organizations that partner with National Moth Week, such as Project Noah, iNaturalist and others. More information can be found here



Moth Night to Kick Off National Moth Week July 18

Posted by Friends EB EC on July 3, 2015 at 10:45 AM Comments comments (0)

 

July 18, 8pm, Jamesburg Park

 

Nature enthusiasts of all ages are invited to grab their cameras and head over to Port Street alongside Jamesburg Park at 8 p.m. Saturday, July 18, for the kickoff of National Moth Week, sponsored by the Friends of the East Brunswick Environmental Commission.

A Mercury vapor light and white sheet will be set up and a long sugar bait trail will be created to attract moths after dark. The Jamesburg Park Conservation Area is part of the Middlesex County Parks system. It lies within the Spotswood Outlier—the northernmost area of New Jersey Pine Barrens habitat separated from the main area of the Pine Barrens to the south by about 15 miles. This protected area is situated in East Brunswick, Helmetta, Spotswood and Monroe Township. It is rich in vegetation diversity and should be an interesting place to look for moths.

Attendees may park along Port Street off of Helmetta Blvd. Flashlights and closed shoes are recommended for walking along dark trails.

National Moth Week, celebrated this year from July 18 to 26, shines a spotlight on moths, calling attention to their beauty, biodiversity and ecological importance. It was started in 2012 by the Friends of the East Brunswick Environmental Commission and quickly became an international event attracting citizen scientists in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and over 40 countries.

Participants are encouraged to document their sightings and contribute their photos to organizations that partner with National Moth Week, such as Project Noah, iNaturalist and others. More information can be found at nationalmothweek.org.

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Parking is along Port Street just west of Helmetta Blvd. Anyone attending should park as far off the street on the grassy shoulder as possible and only on one side of the street so that traffic isn’t blocked.


Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Middlesex County June 2015 Calendar of Events

Posted by Friends EB EC on May 30, 2015 at 5:50 PM Comments comments (0)

The EARTH Center, is located in Davidson’s Mill Pond Park, 42 Riva Ave, South Brunswick, NJ.

 

For info on any program contact 732-398-5260732-398-5260.

 

 

GPS Coordinates to our facility are N 40° 24.760, W 74° 29.848.

 

We are on Facebook. Search “Earth Center of Middlesex County”, then “Like” us.

 

 

Saturday, June 6, 10 AM – Noon

 

Butterfly House Opens for the Season!

 

Every Saturday and Sunday, June – August

 

10 AM – Noon Free Family Fun!

 

 

Saturday, June 6, 10 AM – Noon

 

Made in the Shade: Gardening Without Full Sun

 

Shaded yards have their own special needs.

 

Planting native species will be a key strategy discussed.

 

Be prepared for outside time.

 

This is a free workshop with pre-registration. Call 732-398-5262732-398-5262

 

 

Wednesday, June 10 6:30 PM

 

Raising Chickens on Pasture – This workshop will be hosted by

 

Rutgers Professor Dr. Joseph Heckman, who has been raising chickens on

 

pasture since 2005. Topics discussed include: baby chicks, feeder systems,

 

protection from predators, and the collection and care of eggs.

 

A small flock of chickens in a movable coop will be on display.

 

This is a free workshop with pre-registration. Call 732-398-5262732-398-5262

 

 

Friday & Saturday, June 12 and June 13

 

4-H ‘Crop ‘Til You Drop’ Fundraiser

 

4-H Log Cabin, 645 Cranbury Road, East Brunswick, NJ

 

This fundraiser will benefit the Middlesex County 4-H Association.

 

Crop the day & night away, gather with friends,

 

while preserving important memories. Call for 732-398-5261732-398-5261 for more information.

 

 

Friday - 7 – 11 PM - $5

 

Saturday – All Day Session 9 AM – 10 PM $40 (includes Friday night for free)

 

Saturday – Session 1 9 AM – 3 PM $25 Meals included with Saturday sessions.

 

Saturday – Session 2 4 PM –10 PM $25

 

Register by Monday, June 8, 2015.

 

 

 

Saturday, June 27, 10 AM

 

Growing, Harvesting and Preserving Your Herbs

 

Learn the basics of herb gardening, including harvesting,

 

freezing and drying herbs.

 

This is a free workshop with pre-registration. Call 732-398-5262732-398-5262

 

 

There is still time to register for

 

4-H Explorations Week Day Program

 

July 20 to July 24, 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

 

Register your 3rd – 6th grade child while there is still space.

 

Call 4-H in Middlesex County at 732-398-5261732-398-5261 for detailed registration packet.

 

”E-Week” takes place at the 4-H Center, 645 Cranbury Rd. East Brunswick

 

 

If you would like to be removed from our list, simply reply with

 

“remove from IPCT” in the subject. Thank you.

 

 

Rutgers Cooperative Extension, a unit of the Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station is an equal opportunity program provider and employer.

 

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Salamander migration 2015 (12) - Beekman Road will be closed today, April 10, 2015

Posted by Friends EB EC on April 10, 2015 at 2:10 PM Comments comments (0)

 

 

Beekman Road will be closed tonight for amphibian protection.

The road will block to car traffic from 7pm until 6am tomorrow morning.

For more infomation - www.friendsebec.com/salamandercrossing.htm

 

 

 

IMPORTANT REMINDERS ABOUT SAFETY AND FLASHLIGHTS

Be carful when you park - there is a big ditch next to the parking area at the back to Tamarack - car have been stuck there a few times recently.

Please be aware that Church Lane is very dark and cars move at fast speeds. Use extreme caution when parking or crossing the road and especially be watchful of your children. NEVER WALK BEEKMAN ROAD AT NIGHT IF THE ROAD IS NOT CLOSED - IT IS NOT SAFE!!!

If you come to the road, EVERYONE (Children included) MUST have their OWN flashlight. It will help see things in the dark, make the night much more fun and prevent accidentally stepping on a salamander or spring peeper.

NEVER (AND WE MEAN NEVER) WALK BEEKMAN ROAD AT NIGHT IF THE ROAD IS NOT CLOSED!!!

 

"Rescuing the River, the Raritan", movie screening

Posted by Friends EB EC on April 10, 2015 at 9:00 AM Comments comments (0)

 

Saturday, April 25 at 7:00 PM: Screening of the documentary "Rescuing the River, the Raritan" at The Unitarian Society (176 Tices Lane, East Brunswick, NJ). Please join us! Jeff Tittel, Executive Director of the Sierra Club, will be a part of our discussion/question and answer session. Refreshments and meet & greet.

 

 

This documentary tells the story of New Jersey's Raritan River, a water source profoundly contaminated for over 200 years, and the extraordinary efforts to clean it up. The film reveals how government agencies, corporations, environmentalists, developers, scientists, and lawyers have clashed for years in their attempts to deal with the aftermath of extensive pollution and environmental neglect.

 

 

The Raritan is still the 14th most polluted waterway in the nation, with 20 federal Superfund sites and 200 state-registered toxic sites along its banks and the banks of its tributaries.



Salamander migration 2015 (11) - Beekman Road will be closed today, April 7, 2015

Posted by Friends EB EC on April 7, 2015 at 2:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Beekman Road will be closed tonight for amphibian protection.

The road will block to car traffic from 7pm until 6am tomorrow morning.

For more infomation - http [:/] /www.friendsebec.com/salamandercrossing.htm

 

 

IMPORTANT REMINDERS ABOUT SAFETY AND FLASHLIGHTS

Be carful when you park - there is a big ditch next to the parking area at the back to Tamarack - car have been stuck there a few times recently.

Please be aware that Church Lane is very dark and cars move at fast speeds. Use extreme caution when parking or crossing the road and especially be watchful of your children. NEVER WALK BEEKMAN ROAD AT NIGHT IF THE ROAD IS NOT CLOSED - IT IS NOT SAFE!!!

If you come to the road, EVERYONE (Children included) MUST have their OWN flashlight. It will help see things in the dark, make the night much more fun and prevent accidentally stepping on a salamander or spring peeper.

NEVER (AND WE MEAN NEVER) WALK BEEKMAN ROAD AT NIGHT IF THE ROAD IS NOT CLOSED!!!

Salamander migration 2015(11) - beekman Rd. will be closed today, April 3, 2015

Posted by Friends EB EC on April 3, 2015 at 3:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Beekman Road will be closed tonight. The temperature tonight will be the warmest we've seen since last fall. Combined with the rain, this is perfect amphibian weather. We don't know if the migration to the pools is over yet (it often comes in waves and different species move toward the vernal pools at different times during the spring) but it is still early in the season and we want to be sure we protect anything that might be moving around in this warm, wet weather. Reports from the pools last night noted a huge amount of activity, lots of spotted salamanders and newts and deafening choruses of spring peepers. This is huge proof that our road closings are working to protect the amphibians that use the vernal pools.



 

IMPORTANT REMINDERS ABOUT SAFETY AND FLASHLIGHTS

NEVER WALK BEEKMAN ROAD AT NIGHT IF THE ROAD IS NOT CLOSED - IT IS NOT SAFE!!!

If you come to the road, EVERYONE (Children included) MUST have their OWN flashlight.

more informaton at http://www.friendsebec.com/salamandercrossing.htm


Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Middlesex County April 2015 Calendar of Events

Posted by Friends EB EC on April 2, 2015 at 9:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Rutgers Cooperative Extension

 

of Middlesex County

 

April 2015

 

Calendar of Events

 

 

Unless otherwise noted, the following events take place at the EARTH Center, located in

 

Davidson’s Mill Pond Park, 42 Riva Ave., South Brunswick, NJ.

 

For info on any program contact 732-398-5260.

 

GPS Coordinates to our facility are N 40° 24.760, W 74° 29.848.

 

 

We are on Facebook. Search “Earth Center of Middlesex County”, then “Like” us.

 

 

Intro to Backyard Composting

 

April 11, Sat. 10 AM - 12 PM

 

Composting kitchen and backyard waste keeps organics out of our landfills.

 

Attendees may also pick up pre-purchased compost bins at the workshops.

 

Free, with registration at 732-745-4170 or e-mail solidwaste@co.middlesex.nj.us

 

 

Intro to Vermi-Composting

 

April 15, Wed. 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

 

Using worms to turn kitchen waste into garden gold.

 

Great for residents of condos or apartments.

 

Attendees may also pick up pre-purchased compost bins at the workshop.

 

Free, with pre-registration at 732-745-4170 or e-mail solidwaste@co.middlesex.nj.us

 

 

Intro to Backyard Composting

 

April 19, Sun. 10 AM - 12 PM

 

A special Sunday morning edition.

 

Free, with registration at 732-745-4170 or e-mail solidwaste@co.middlesex.nj.us

 

 

The Benefits of Companion Planting

 

April 19, Sun. 1 PM - 2:30 PM

 

Discover how to discourage garden pests without relying on synthetic pesticides

 

or harming helpful insects such as ladybugs and bees.

 

Will planting carrots really improve your tomato crop?

 

Join us to learn more. Register for free by April 15 at 732-398-5262.

 

 

Tuesday, April 21, 7:30PM

Lawrence Brook Watershed Partnership Meeting

 

For location and details contact Alan Godber 732-249-5297

 

 

Visit Middlesex County’s great new website at www.co.middlesex.nj.us

 

 

 

If you would like to be removed from our list, simply reply with “remove from IPCT” in the subject. Thank you.

 

 

 

Rutgers Cooperative Extension, a unit of the Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station is an equal opportunity program provider and employer.

Salamander migration 2015(10)

Posted by Friends EB EC on March 31, 2015 at 5:50 PM Comments comments (0)

It appears that a dry slot is developing and the rainfall period is contracting to lighter showers and a shorter period and temperatures are dropping faster than forecast earlier today. This forecast is not particularly good for triggering much movement.

Salamander migration 2015 (9) - Beekman Rd. will be closed tonight

Posted by Friends EB EC on March 31, 2015 at 3:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Beekman Rd. will be closed tonight for amphibian migration.

For more infomation - http://www.friendsebec.com/salamandercrossing.htm

IMPORTANT REMINDERS ABOUT SAFETY AND FLASHLIGHTS

NEVER WALK BEEKMAN ROAD AT NIGHT IF THE ROAD IS NOT CLOSED - IT IS NOT SAFE!!!

If you come to the road, EVERYONE (Children included) MUST have their OWN flashlight.

 

 

 



Bill Introduced to Name the Io as Official State Moth of New Jersey

Posted by Friends EB EC on March 27, 2015 at 6:20 PM Comments comments (0)


Working with New Jersey Assemblywoman Nancy Pinkin, (D-18th District), The

Friends of the East Brunswick (NJ) Environmental Commission, which started

and coordinates National Moth Week, has launched an effort to name the Io

moth as the official New Jersey State Moth.

 

On March 26, Pinkin introduced the bill calling for the Io (*Automeris io*)

to be named New Jersey’s state moth. If approved, it would make New Jersey

the first state in the U.S. to name a state moth.

 

The effort also has the support of third graders from Lawrence Brook School

in East Brunswick, who are learning about moths as part of their science

curriculum and writing about them in their writing program.

 

The Io is a member of the Saturniidae family of silk moths. Its wingspan

can be up to 3.5 inches. Males are yellow with distinctive eyespots on the

wings; females are rusty brown. They are found throughout North America

and are very plentiful in New Jersey.

 

Dave Moskowitz and Liti Haramaty, who co-founded National Moth Week in

2012, said that having a state moth will call attention to the importance

and beauty of moths.

 

“The Io moth is one of the most beautiful moths in New Jersey and an

excellent spotlight on our incredibly rich, but very much under-appreciated

moth biodiversity. It also is the symbol of National Moth Week, a global

citizen science project that originated in New Jersey and is focused on the

appreciation and study of moths,” said Moskowitz, who is president of the

nonprofit Friends of the East Brunswick Environmental Commission.

 

“By naming a state moth, New Jersey would show the rest of the country that

it values the role moths play in the ecosystem and recognizes their beauty,

biodiversity and importance to the environment,” said Haramaty, secretary

of the Friends of EBEC.

 

National Moth Week is a project of the Friends of the East Brunswick

Environmental Commission, an all-volunteer organization. It grew out of

local “moth nights” in the township, and quickly went global. Events now

take place in all 50 states and more than 40 countries.

 

This year, National Moth Week will be observed July 18-26. Registration on

the National Moth Week website is free for individuals and organizations

who want to register their moth-watching or educational events.

Salamander migration 2015 (8)

Posted by Friends EB EC on March 27, 2015 at 3:40 PM Comments comments (0)

LAST NIGHT WAS AMAZING!!! The number of people that came out to Beekman to see the migration was huge, easily over a hundred!!!. So many families and children. I suspect everyone got to see at least one spotted salamander and many spring peepers. All night there were so many spring peepers the road looked like popcorn popping. But it was the spotteds that stole the show. Things started out slow because it wound up drier than expected with just a few until about 9 or so. Then with rain coming in more and more started to appear. I have no idea how many crossed last night but it must have been a lot. The vernal pools were a cacophony of wonderful sounds too, spring peepers, chorus frogs, wood frogs, all singing their hearts out looking for love. The wood frogs are particularly exciting, because this was the first time in 12 years that we've had a breeding chorus and at both pools! In the first five years or so that we closed the road we never saw any. But the road closings have allowed the population to slowly rebound and there must have been dozens at the large pool. What an awesome night. It just took a little patience. Here are a few photos from last night.


Salamander migration 2015 (7) - Beekman Rd. to be closed today

Posted by Friends EB EC on March 26, 2015 at 10:40 AM Comments comments (0)

 

Last Night: Last night Beekman Road was closed out of an abundance of caution due to the varying forecasts that seemed to suggest temperatures in the mid-40’s and intermittent rain. Despite some decent showers mid-day and perfectly timed heavier rain right around dark, the temperatures fell to 40. In the past, we have seen salamanders on these kind of nights. But last night, reports from the road were that there was no migration or amphibian movement. Such is the joy of trying to think like a hibernating salamander or frog. We do our best, err on the side of caution for them and occasionally find ourselves wandering alone on an empty road on a wet, cold, raw night. Of course, that has its own sense of joy too, just absent what we hoped to see. Hey, it’s nature and we try our best to unravel its secrets, sometimes perfectly other times not quite so much.

 

Tonight: So tonight we will try again. The weather forecasts are not quite as wet as they were predicting it would be yesterday, but still it will be much warmer with temperatures around 60 (when were we able to last say that number in central NJ?) and probably some showers during the day and evening. Some weather outlets suggest the rain may even become steady after dark. I have no way of definitively knowing if there will be salamanders and frogs tonight but with temperatures around 60 and a chance of rain, Beekman will definitely be closed and I will definitely be wandering it with my flashlight. Hopefully the warmth will even trigger the first chorus of Spring peepers at our vernal pools.    


 

IMPORTANT REMINDERS ABOUT SAFETY AND FLASHLIGHTS

NEVER WALK BEEKMAN ROAD AT NIGHT IF THE ROAD IS NOT CLOSED - IT IS NOT SAFE!!!

If you come to the road, EVERYONE (Children included) MUST have their OWN flashlight.



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