Peregrine falcon released after recovery from broken bones (PHOTOS) |

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Feb 272016

broken bones (PHOTOS)1 / 33A peregrine falcon was released into the wild Friday morning after recovering from serious injuries. Once banded, it took seconds for the bird to fly off over Spruce Run Reservoir in Union Township. (Sallie Graziano | for Graziano | For NJ.comPrint Email By Sallie Graziano | For Email the author | Follow on Twitter on February 26, 2016 at 12:55 PM, updated February 26, 2016 at 2:24 PMUNION TWP. — It took just seconds for a peregrine falcon to disappear over Spruce Run Reservoir following his release Friday morning.The bird, a second-year adult male, was rehabilitated by the Millington-based Raptor Trust after being found severely injured in the yard of a Roxbury resident. Watch a rehabilitated falcon take to the skiesA peregrine falcon that recovered from serious fractures at the Raptor Trust was released into the wild at the Clinton Wildlife Management Area near Spruce Run Reservoir in Union Township. (Video by Andre Malok | NJ Advance Media for Bourlier alerted the raptor trust on Nov. 1 about the injured falcon. The trust’s Chris Soucy said at first, they didn’t think the bird would have a good chance of surviving in the wild.”The biggest challenge was medical,” he said Friday. Bones that support the bird’s wings and chest were broken.”They’re moving parts,” he said, noting that the fractures couldn’t be pinned like a leg bone fracture. “But we were hoping the bird was young enough to heal quickly, and it did.”

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Mar 232015

The following is a very nice article in about the annual salamander protection efforts provided by East Brunswick. Makes me proud to live in such an Environmentally responsible town!

EAST BRUNSWICK — It’s the time of year when salamanders and other amphibians exit the forest and make their way to vernal pools to find their mates.

This year, the weather is not cooperating.

"They will get there eventually," said David Moskowitz, the president of the Friends of East Brunswick Environmental Commission.

Moskowitz writes a blog about the salamanders’ journey. "They wait until the conditions are right and then they move," he said.

Moskowitz said Beekman Road in East Brunswick was closed the night of March 14 when the temperature and rain made for perfect conditions — and the migration began.

"They came out and walked a long the snow," he said. "Most of the pool was frozen, but there was enough open on the edge for them to slide in."

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He said the spotted salamanders and spring peepers made it into the pools, along with about a dozen wood frogs.

But there are many more to come, including most of the females, and they are still in the forest until the conditions improve.

"For us, it’s pulling teeth until conditions are right," Moskowitz said. "They (the amphibians) are much better at monitoring the conditions than we are."

Migrations begin when there is a rainfall with the temperature about 40 degrees or higher

— conditions that have been lacking this year.

The annual migration has become a community event in East Brunswick with hundreds of families and residents from all over Central Jersey coming out to watch nature take its course. Streets are closed to keep the amphibians safe.

Salamanders are only about 3-inches long, so crossing a street can be life threatening. For 13 years now East Brunswick, in cooperation with South Brunswick, has closed Beekman Road, between Church Lane in East Brunswick and Davidson’s Mill Road in South Brunswick.

"Its usually rainy and raw," Moskowitz said. "But, what makes me as happy to see our success with the salamanders is seeing the families and kids experiencing the migration. That’s equally as important as preserving the amphibians."

Salamanders, along with spring peepers, wood frogs and other amphibians, spend most of the year in forests, but they must find standing water to mate and hatch eggs after the first warm spring rains begin.

After their time in the pool, the amphibians cross back into the forest. But Moskowitz said the journey back isn’t as perilous because they go back individually, not all at once.

It takes the eggs a month to two months to hatch and another month before the babies grow into adults and go into the forest.

via Salamanders are looking for love this time of year, not snow |

Dec 182014
Snow tubing trip

Snow Tubing Trip to Mountain Creek.

January 31st, Bus Departs East Brunswick at 9:00am–SHARP!!!

Enjoy an afternoon of Snow Tubing at NJ’s Best Snow Tubing Park – Mountain Creek

East Brunswick Residents Only, Grades 8-12.

Youth Council/Recreation Staff will chaperone the event.

Cost is $35 and covers a bus seat and tubing ticket.

via Snow Tubing – East Brunswick, NJ.

Parks and Recreation - Snow Tubing Trip

Dec 182014

Rugged, rocky trail that runs along a ridge with many expansive viewpoints – including Greenwood Lake and the NYC skyline – before arriving at lovely Terrace Pond.

Map: Consider getting the North Jersey Trails – it’s more detailed than the park map, especially if you continue around the pond. It’s a two-map set; this trail is on #116.

Mileage: 5.3 miles round trip.

Shorter: 3.0 – Rugged route with three major viewpoints along the way. Turn around where noted below.

Longer: 6.3 – Add a circuit around the pond.

via Terrace Pond North |

EastBrunswickinfo Note: Hiking is a great way to burn off holiday calories.

Terrace Pond North

Dec 122014

The East Brunswick Baseball and Softball League will hold an in person registration on Saturday December 13th, from 10am – 1pm, at the Community Arts Center off Cranbury Road. The first 30 players registered this day will not have to pay a snack bar bond fee… The registration process has been significantly streamlined, and if you’re a family with a returning player(s) – you do not need to fill out any forms – either beforehand or that day.  First time families joining us will need to complete a one time registration form at the Arts Center that day.

via East Brunswick Baseball League – (East Brunswick, NJ) – powered by

Nov 292014

Peregrine Falcons in NJ

The fastest animal on the planet, peregrine falcons, can reach speeds of over 200 miles per hour. They became endangered in New Jersey, and across the world, due to the use of harmful pesticides such as DDT.

Peregrine Falcons, Falco peregrinus, dive faster than any other bird of prey in the world, reaching speeds of over 200 miles per hour. Though they are the world’s most widespread raptor and one of the most widely found bird species, Peregrine Falcons became endangered in many locations due to the use of harmful pesticides, especially DDT.

When DDT use became widespread in the 1950’s, it slowly entered the food chain and affected the raptors when they ate other animals that had consumed the toxin. DDT caused the adult falcons to lay thin eggs that cracked underneath them during incubation, or caused the young chicks to die early. By 1964, these birds of prey were essentially gone east of theMississippi River. The Peregrine Falcon was federally listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Conservation Act of 1969.

The New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife began a restoration program in 1975 to bring back the Peregrine Falcon population. Hacking, or placing captive bred birds in boxes meant to mimic a natural nest site, began statewide. Young chicks were bred and raised in captivity, then gradually released along the coast from hacking towers built across the state. This process continued until 1980, with a total of 55 young birds released.

Zoom+ The male peregrine falcon that nests atop 101 Hudson St. in Jersey City. © Kathy Clark, ENSP

In 1980, the first wild nesting occurred at Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge in Brigantine, Atlantic County. In New Jersey, the Peregrine’s recovery continues to grow at a slow but steady pace. Today, there are 26 known nesting pairs in habitats throughout the state. Though their reproduction remains strong, biologists are concerned for the Peregrine’s long-term recovery. Pesticides, PCBs, and heavy metals continue to threaten their population.

Peregrine Falcons usually nest in mountain ranges, river valleys, or along coastlines, but they now nest increasingly in cities and urban areas. Though New Jersey is one of the most densely populated states, the falcons have found suitable habitat with plenty of ledges to nest on and abundant prey close by.

via Threatened & Endangered Wildlife – Species Spotlight – Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey.

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Bald Eagle Battle in New Jersey

Wildlife Blogger Jim from Readings From The Northside was lucky enough to witness two bald eagles fighting over a deceased duck. He captured their battle on film and describes what he saw on his blog Readings From The Northside.
As the numbers of eagles increase in New Jersey, these type of disputes are becoming more common place. Eagles not only fight over food but territory as well. Several eagles have been found deceased or injured this past year due to conflicts with other eagles.

Nov 262014

East Brunswick Youth Council: Important Announcements

Please go to our website:!!!!  The Winter Newsletter and Calendars have been posted!  It is time to sign up for Community Service as well as our BIG NYC Trip!Dates to Remember:Sunday, December 7th-EB Youth Council General Meeting-7:00pm-8:00pm at the Community/Cultural Arts Center, 721 Cranbury Road. We will be hosting a guest speaker from the D.E.A.  You will earn 1 hour of community service for attending this meeting.Sunday, December 14th-EB Youth Council heads to NYC for our annual trip to see the lights!  The cost for this trip is $35 and includes lunch and transportation.  SIGN UP AND PAYMENT is due by December 7th!  Sign up now and bring your payment to the General Meeting on December 7th!  Don’t risk missing this trip!  It is always the favorite!SAVE THE DATE:EB Youth Council is going tubing at Mountain Creek on January 31st!Reminder:Our next Open Gym is Wednesday, December 3rd at Churchill from 7:00pm-9:00pm.Contact Jenn Stetson at or 732-390-6797 for additional information.

via EB Youth Council