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Salamander update #13

Posted by Friends EB EC on April 17, 2014 at 10:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Sally the salamander visited Warnsdorfer and Lawrence Brook elementaty shcools, where the students gathered information on the annual amphibian migration as part of the “Why does the salamander cross the road?” unit of study. (http://www.ebnet.org/files/filesystem/Enews4-10.pdf)


On Satureday, April 12, Sally returned to his home at the Beekman Road vernal pool.

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While at the pool we searched for and found salamander egg masses attahced to submerged branches. Finding egg masses tells us that the salamander made it to the pool successfuly, laid eggs and are probably ready to return to the woods where they will stay until next spring.






Native Plant Sale

Posted by Friends EB EC on April 17, 2014 at 6:45 PM Comments comments (0)

The Musconetcong Watershed Association will hold its annual

Native Plant Sale

Saturday, April 26, 9AM - 2PM

Location: 10 Maple Ave. Asbury, NJ

• Promote use of Native Plants

• High quality Perennials / Trees & Shrubs

• North American Butterfly Association (NABA) representatives will be on hand to provide information

• Collaborate with Garden Club of New Jersey (GCNJ) "pollinator projects"

• Support MWA efforts to protect and improve the natural and cultural resources of the Musconetcong Watershed

 

For more information call: (908) 537-7060 or contact val@musconetcong.org

 

 

Rutgers Energy Institute - Ninth Annual Energy Symposium on May 6, 2014

Posted by Friends EB EC on April 16, 2014 at 12:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Rutgers Energy Institute - Ninth Annual Energy Symposium on May 6, 2014

 

The annual energy symposia by the Rutgers Energy Institute (REI) provide faculty, students, staff, government officials, and community members with the opportunity to learn about the new methods, processes, and initiatives being developed by energy thinkers at Rutgers, in New Jersey, and across the country. The symposium will also include awards to the winners of this year's student Energy Innovation Contest, sponsored by the REI, to develop the best plans to reduce student energy consumption and promote eco-friendly practices throughout the Rutgers, New Brunswick Campus.

 Date: Tuesday, May 6, 2014
Time: 8:30 am (registration and refreshments) - 2:00 pm
Location: Fiber Optics Auditorium, Busch Campus, Rutgers University.

 REGISTRATION: Admission is free, but registration is required due to space limitations.
Register by  May 1: http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=ql7mxoiab&oeidk=a07e9370989cc7d96eb

OR Go to web site at http://rei.rutgers.edu/

         SPEAKERS:

 

Heather Zichal (former Deputy Assistant to the President for Energy and Climate Change, Barack Obama administration and Rutgers Alumna ‘99)

 Frank Felder (Director of Center for Energy, Economic & Environmental Policy, Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University)

Title:

Will the Potential for a Death Spiral in Electricity Rates Hinder Transformation of the Electric Power System?

  

Frank Napolitano (Managing Director and Group Head, U.S. Power & Utilities, RBC Capital Markets)

Title:  Favorable Capital Markets Support for Renewable Power Assets?

 Robert H. Socolow (Co-Director, The Carbon Mitigation Initiative; Director, Climate and Energy Challenge, Princeton Environmental Institute, Princeton University)

Title:  Technology, Policy, and Values for Living in a Greenhouse.

 

 

 

 

REGISTRATION: Admission is free, but registration is required due to space limitations.
Register by  May 1: http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=ql7mxoiab&oeidk=a07e9370989cc7d96eb

OR Go to web site at http://rei.rutgers.edu/


Butterfly Park - Work Day Back to calendar

Posted by Friends EB EC on April 14, 2014 at 9:15 AM Comments comments (0)

Butterfly Park - Work Day


Saturday April 19, 2014 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
260 Rues Lane, East Brunswick, NJ 08816  (map)

If you love the Butterfly Park, come help mulch the Butterfly Park. We need lots of hands! Bring gloves and a shovel if you have them. Help us make the Butterfly Park beautiful!

Groups are welcome!

Facebook event -https://www.facebook.com/events/624701684281723/?context=create&source=49

Help Mulch and Groom Flower Beds in Butterfly Park

Posted by Friends EB EC on April 13, 2014 at 6:20 PM Comments comments (0)

EAST BRUNSWICK, N.J. – The Friends of the East Brunswick Environmental Commission invites volunteers to help mulch and groom the flower beds in Butterfly Park from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, April 19. The park is located adjacent to Great Oak Park at Winton Road and Ryders Lane. Parking lot entrance is on Rues Lane.

 

Volunteers should bring gloves and may also bring shovels. Groups are also welcome to help.  Mulch is supplied by the township. 

Butterfly Park is a natural area that is part of the township’s 11-acre Great Oak Park complex. Its plantings include monarch-friendly milkweed and butterfly bushes as well as colorful irises, daffodils, daisies and tiger lilies. The Friends of EBEC helps to maintain the park and also holds moth nights there during the summer.

For more information, visit friendsebec.com, or send email to friends.ebec@gmail.com.

Facebook event - https://www.facebook.com/events/624701684281723/" target="_blank">https://www.facebook.com/events/624701684281723/


 

Salamander update #12 - Beekman Road will be closed tonight for amphibian protection

Posted by Friends EB EC on April 7, 2014 at 3:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Beekman Road will be closed today, Monday, April 7, for amphibian migration.

The road will be closed from 7pm until 6am tomorrow morning.

It is possible that the whole population of spotted salamanders have already migrated to the veranl pool during pevious rainy nighs. However,  we decided to clost the road tonight beacuse the ground is wet, the rain continues, and the tempratures are high enough for amphibian activity, and there may be some individuals still waiting to cross. 

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!!!

Farmers Market - Sunday, April 6, 10am-2pm at the EB CAC

Posted by Friends EB EC on April 3, 2014 at 8:50 PM Comments comments (0)

East Brunswick Spring Farmers Market

Sunday, April 6, 10am-2pm, at the EB Community Arts Center

 721 Cranbury Rd, East Brunswick, NJ 08816   map

Bring your own shopping bags

Who's going to be at the market?

(click here for links to vendor's websites)

 

 

·         Artisan Tree Natural plant-based handmade soaps

·         Baker Bounty - Breads & pastries made fresh daily

·         Balic winery

·         Beechtree Farms Grass fed beef, eggs

·         Fantastic Thai Cuisine 

·         Fontanarosa's - Gourmet Specialty Foods - fresh pastas and ravioli

·         Franks pickled peppers

·         Giamarese Farms

·         Griggstown Farm Market

·         Jams by Kim

·         Judith's Dessert Botique

·         Lawernce Brook Watershed Partnership 

·         Mary Fairy Angels - Truly Natural Skin, Bath and Body Products

·         Nosh-a-bar

·         Pickle Licious - old tyme New York style pickles

·         Pitspone Farm Alpine strawberry plants, chives, zaatar, sage, fig trees, currant and gooseberry plants, elderberry, and aronia

·         Q's cookies 

·         Sharon Trinker

·         Stefan's Pure Blends - Stuffed Cabbage, Pierogi, Kielbasy, Bacon, Snack Stix, Jerky Stix, Landjager

·         Tassot Apiaries

·         East Brunswick Environmental Commission & Friends of the EBEC

·         Unionville Vineyards Local wines

·         Valley Shepard Creamery

·         Von Thuns


 

 

 


Community Garden plots update

Posted by Friends EB EC on April 2, 2014 at 9:40 PM Comments comments (0)

All plots have been assigned for 2014. If you would like to be put on a waiting list for any plot that opens up, please submit the registration form (click link below) but do not yet send payment. You will be notified if a plot becomes available and can submit payment at that time.

http://www.friendsebec.com/gardenregistraion.htm


Spring cleaning - donate gardening tools

Posted by Friends EB EC on April 2, 2014 at 9:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Do you have garden tools you no longer use? Wheelbarrow that is taking space in your garage? An old lawnmower that was replaced by a new one?

Donate any garden tools, wheelbarrows and lawnmowers to The Friends of the East Brunswick Environmental Commission. The tools will be used at the East Brunswick Community Garden and at Butterfly Park.

Only items in working condition, please.

Please contact us for pickup – ebcgarden@gmail.com.

The Friends of the East Brunswick Environmental Commission (Friends of EBEC), a 501c-3 nonprofit organization. All donations to the Friends are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.


Spring Farmers Market - April 6, 10am-2pm

Posted by Friends EB EC on April 1, 2014 at 9:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Join us for the spring Farmers Market.

Join Farmers and vendors for all types of farm raised products and assorted other goodies.

10am-2pm at the East Brunswick Cultural Arts Center.

 For a vendor list, please visit www.friendsebec.com


Today is the last day to support Butterfly Park when you shop at Macy's

Posted by Friends EB EC on March 31, 2014 at 3:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Support Butterfly Park when you shop at Macy's

Butterfly Park has been selected for “Heart Your Park,” a program introduced as part of Macy’s “Secret Garden” campaign, that aims to raise awareness and dollars for local parks across the country.

From March 7 to March 31, customers at Macy’s East Brunswick can donate $1 or more at the register, with 100 percent of the donations benefiting Butterfly Park.

To further spread the love, Macy’s will match the total customer donation across all stores, dollar for dollar, up to $250,000 in total.


Rutgers Cooperative Extension April 2014 Events

Posted by Friends EB EC on March 31, 2014 at 2:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Rutgers Cooperative Extension

of Middlesex County

April 2014

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.

 

 

Saturday April 5, 8:30 AM - 10 AM or 10:30 AM - 12 Noon

“Breakfast with the Bunnies”

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

Parents and children (ages 2-8) can enjoy a pancake breakfast,

meet the “4-H Bunnies” and participate in fun children’s activities!

$8 Tickets for all ages includes breakfast, egg hunt, pictures with the bunnies, petting zoo, face painting, and more!  Please bring your own basket.

Tickets available by calling 732-398-5261.  Proceeds will support 4-H Junior Council community service activities.

 

Saturday, April 5, 10AM - Noon

Backyard Compost Workshop

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

 

Saturday, April 5, 1 PM - 3 PM

Mastering Organic Gardening and Landscaping

Looking to avoid harsh fertilizers and pesticides? Consider this workshop.

Discover the concept of Integrated Pest Management, learn to interpret soil sample results.
Free, with pre-registration at 732-398-5262 by April 2.

 

Monday, April 7 6:30 – 8:30 PM

Vermi –Composting Workshop

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

 

Saturday, April 12, 10 AM to Noon

Herb Gardens for Your Yard or Patio

The basics of designing and planting an herb garden and basic care and pruning of herbs.

Container gardening will also be discussed for those who may not have the option of an in-ground garden. 

Free, with pre-registration at 732-398-5262 by April 7.

 

Saturday, April 12, 12:30 to 2 PM

Eating Wise While on the Go: Quick, Healthy Meals and Snacks

Join us to discuss strategies for families looking to improve their weekly menus.  Techniques for smart shopping, easy recipes and preparing in advance will be presented. Content will be based on the Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2010 and 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans.

Free, with pre-registration at 732-398-5262 by April 7.

 

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 Update #11

Posted by Friends EB EC on March 30, 2014 at 1:55 PM Comments comments (2)

Beekman Road will be closed today, Sunday, March 30, for amphibian migration.

The road will be closed from 7pm until 6am tomorrow morning.

Although there were many spring peepers, no salamanders were found crossing the road yesterday. It is possible that the whole population if spotted salamanders made it to the veranl pool. However,  we decided to clost the road tonight beacuse the ground is wet, the rain continues, and the tempratures are high enough for amphibian activity, and there may be some individuals still waiting to cross. 

IMPORTANT REMINDERS ABOUT SAFETY AND FLASHLIGHTS

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

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. 

If the road is closed and you come out at night, 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.

Salamander Migration Update #10

Posted by Friends EB EC on March 29, 2014 at 1:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Beekman Road will be closed today, Saturday March 29, for amphibian migration.  The road will be closed from 7pm until 6am tomorrow morning.

IMPORTANT REMINDERS ABOUT SAFETY AND FLASHLIGHTS

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

If the road is closed and you come out at night, 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.


Salamander Migration Update #9

Posted by Friends EB EC on March 28, 2014 at 4:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Beekman Road will remain open to car traffic today, Friday, March 28th.  With very little rain in the afternoon, and no rain in the evening, we think the ground will not be wet enough for salamander to move. 

We are watching the weather for tomorrow - and as of now we are thinking of closing the road on Saturday, March 29th.  Please check the website / Facebook / Twitter for updates.

IMPORTANT REMINDERS ABOUT SAFETY AND FLASHLIGHTS

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

If the road is closed and you come out at night, 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.


Salamander Migration Update #8

Posted by Friends EB EC on March 20, 2014 at 7:05 PM Comments comments (1)

What happened last night? From an ecological perspective, the temperatures were around 40 near dark and the steady rain held off until about 8:30. The afternoon rain that began about 4:00 didn't last long although it certainly increased the humidity and wetted everything down. For anyone arriving just after dark, at first it was simply an empty, cold, wet road. Still fun and exciting but lacking any amphibians. From about 7:30 to 8:30 the rain began again but was generally light and intermittent. But about 8:30 it began to rain steadily and with it there was an evident increase in amphibian movements. Up until that time, other than a wayward spring peeper not much was seen on the road. But with the steady and heavier rain a few spotted salamanders began appearing and so did spring peepers. With the appearance of a few spotted salamanders there were actually screams of joy from some of the kids that dragged their parents out on a school\work night. However, from our observations there wasn't an unhappy adult face in the crowd.  About 75 people were walking the road with flashlights and braving the wet chill (that's salamander weather) and reveling in the last night of a long, cold, challenging winter and the advent of spring! It was quite evident from the reactions of so many people that when you see a spotted salamander making its way across Beekman Road even when it is wet and raw, it is worth every second of being out there.


If you weren't able to make it, here is a list of some of the highlights:


  • Well, for one thing, everyone that came out probably saw a spotted salamander and a spring peeper! 
  • The Friends led tours to the vernal pools and everyone that came along got to hear spring peepers calling and to see how amazing they are.
  • Denise Contrino, our incredibly amazing town-centric Town Council member came out and saw her first ever spotted salamander. We appropriately named it "Denise". 
  • The 4th graders in town are studying vernal pools and salamanders as part of an amazing grant awarded by the EB Education Foundation and they showed up en masse. We typically reserve the wods en masse for spotted salamander migrations but it was equally appropriate for them last night. They all came with an incredible knowledge of the importance and ecology of vernal pools and asked amazing questions too!   

So what is next? Salamander migrations tend to occur in waves and these first two nights both featured movements. We suspect that on subsequent rainy nights, especially if it ever gets warmer, that we will have increased amphibian activity on the road. The spotted salamander migration may be largely done but there will almost certainly be stragglers. Since every female can carry 100-300 eggs we don't want to risk losing even one and will close the road accordingly as weather conditions warrant. We also are striving to protect the suite of other vernal pool species in our vernal pools including Eastern newts, snapping turtles, pickerel frogs, green frogs, bull frogs, gray tree frogs, cricket frogs and wood frogs.
      

Vernal pools are the "oasis in the forest". Over the years we've lost the vast majority in East Brunswick. We are so fortunate to have the ones along Beekman Road protected on County lands. But with Beekman Road crossing through the habitat we need to be vigilant in protecting the species that utilize these last remaining special habitats. Please let the Mayor and Town Council, Police and Public Works know how much you appreciate their efforts. A HUGE kudos is due their unwavering concern and protection of our spotted salamanders, turtles, newts and frogs!      

Butterfly Park

Posted by Friends EB EC on March 20, 2014 at 4:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Do you know that Butterfly Park was given an environmental quality award by the federal Environmental Protection Agency in 2004?  Read about the award here

In 2014 Butterfly Parks has been selected for “Heart Your Park,” a program introduced as part of Macy’s “Secret Garden” campaign, that aims to raise awareness and dollars for local parks across the country.

From March 7 to March 31, 2014, customers at Macy’s East Brunswick can donate $1 or more at the register, with 100 percent of the donations benefiting Butterfly Park. To further spread the love, Macy’s will match the total customer donation across all stores, dollar for dollar, up to $250,000 in total.


Salamander Migration Update #7

Posted by Friends EB EC on March 19, 2014 at 7:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Beekman Road will be closed tonight. According to the NOAA forecast today looks to be damp with some light precipitation in the afternoon transitioning to rain after dark. Temperatures will be just above 40. With the big night exactly one week ago it is hard to know what might move on these subsequent rain events. But spotted salamander and frog migrations to vernal pools tend to occur in waves so we close the road to insure we don't miss any. 


Here is the latest NOAA forecast for today/tonight:


Today Scattered sprinkles and flurries before 2pm, then a chance of rain showers. Cloudy, with a high near 43. Southeast wind 8 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.


Tonight Showers, mainly before 3am. Low around 38. Southeast wind 8 to 10 mph becoming southwest after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.


IMPORTANT REMINDERS ABOUT SAFETY AND FLASHLIGHTS

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

If the road is closed and you come out at night, 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.



 

Birding day

Posted by Friends EB EC on March 18, 2014 at 11:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Join the East Brunwick Environmental Commission for a day of birding around town.  We will bisit a few location and count the number of birds and species we can see.

Meet at the Crystal Springs parking lot at 8am.

Bring Binocular and wear walking shoes.

 

 

Salamander Migration Update #6

Posted by Friends EB EC on March 18, 2014 at 7:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Since the big night last Wednesday, there hasn't really been any combination of temperature and precipitation to suggest another migratory movement or much amphibian activity. But all that may change tomorrow if the NOAA forecast pans out:


A chance of showers after 2pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 45. Southeast wind 7 to 13 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.


Wednesday Night Showers likely, mainly before 2am. Cloudy, with a low around 36. Southeast wind 7 to 10 mph becoming southwest after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.


So we are closely monitoring the conditions and will decide whether to close Beekman Road sometime tomorrow. With the big migration last week we don't know what to expect on the next few warmish rainy nights. Typically in mid-March and April these kind of nights are excellent for stimulating amphibian activity. Spotted salamander migrations often occur in waves and the migration we saw last Wednesday night may have been just the first of a few.  


A VERY IMPORTANT SAFETY REMINDER -

READ THIS! READ THIS! READ THIS! READ THIS! READ THIS! READ THIS! READ THIS! READ THIS!

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

If the road is closed and you come out at night, 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 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.


 

  


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