11/26/13 Volume XLVI, No. 48
With the onset of the first winter storm, you’re probably envious of robins’ and other birds’ southern migration to warmer climates.
And you may wonder how American robins arrive back in our gardens so quickly in March.
But you may be surprised to learn that the first robins of spring, especially the males, don’t leave this state we’re in during winter in the first place! They just go into hiding – congregating in New Jersey’s . . .
11/22/13 Volume XLVI, No. 47
Lawns don’t usually green up this time of year. But there’s hope yet.
New state regulations on lawn fertilizers just kicked in. This means a winter blackout for applying nutrients – nitrogen and phosphorus – to lawns. The new rules aim to reduce the level of nutrients that end up in our rivers, streams, lakes and bays.
The fertilizer law, said to be the toughest in the nation, was signed by Governor Christie in January 2011 as part of a comprehensive . . .
11/15/13 Volume XLVI, No. 46
Great news – we’re not couch potatoes after all!
A recent study by the Outdoor Foundation found that nearly half of all Americans ages six and over are physically active outside in the fresh air and sunshine.
In 2012, outdoor participants made an estimated 12.4 billion outings — up slightly from 2011. More than 141 million Americans headed to the great outdoors to exercise and commune with nature.
Running, jogging, fishing, bicycling, camping and . . .
11/8/13 Volume XLVI, No. 45
By now, you know that Governor Chris Christie was re-elected in a landslide that may launch his presidential bid. Christie captured 60 percent of the vote, nearly double that of his Democratic challenger.
But there was another Election Day landslide that you probably didn’t hear about – one in favor of open space preservation. Seven of 10 municipal ballot questions for funding land preservation were passed.
The biggest victory was in Newark, where voters . . .
11/1/13 Volume XLVI, No. 44
One year ago, the Superstorm Sandy moved tons of sand inland and upward – as storms have done for millennia – causing much suffering to New Jersey’s coastal communities. But not so for the piping plover, a native beachfront bird!
It turns out that Sandy was both useful and essential to the future survival of piping plovers, Charadrius melodius. These endangered, sparrow-size birds have declined tremendously due to human encroachment over the last century. . . .