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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.


Salamander migration 2015 (6) - Beekman Rd. to be closed today and tomorrow

Posted by Friends EB EC on March 25, 2015 at 1:55 PM Comments comments (0)

The Friends of the East Brunswick Environmental Commission is closely watching the weather and checking various weather outlets for the most up to date forecasts. Given the potential for precipitation (fortunately, finally liquid!!!) for tonight and tomorrow we are currently planning on closing the road both nights. There is some variability in the forecasts for tonight with some predicting showers or light rain as early as the late afternoon and others not until much later at night. All show expected temperatures in the 40's. Since we always try to err on the side of the safety of the salamanders and frogs and this year has featured unusual weather, closing the road tonight seems prudent. For tomorrow, there is a general agreement that it will be unseasonably warm (when was the last time we could say that?) with temperatures approaching or even slightly above 60 and least intermittent showers and rain. If this pans out tomorrow could be a great night for amphibians. Here is one of the weather graphs we regularly check from the WeatherUnderground.



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.




Salamander migration 2015 (5)

Posted by Friends EB EC on March 25, 2015 at 8:45 AM Comments comments (1)

Despite relatively cold temperatures there have been big changes at the vernal pools this week. A few days ago most of the ice was gone. We are carefully watching the weather and may close the road tonight and tomorrow night. The forecast for today looks like showers developing by late afternoon and temps in the mid-40’s. The showers\rain are forecast to continue throughout the night and then tomorrow looks to be very warm and rainy. Here is a photo of the larger vernal pool from Sunday.

 

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 (4)

Posted by Friends EB EC on March 15, 2015 at 12:25 AM Comments comments (0)

March 15 - Beekman Road will be closed for the first time tonight.

The Friends of the EBEC has been continually monitoring the weather and the vernal pools and has decided to close the road tonight for a variety of factors noted below. Please read the critically important safety notes below and follow them completely.

As for the salamander migration, a steady rain began overnight in the early morning hours and is forecast to continue through the afternoon tapering to showers by evening. Temperatures are forecast to rise throughout the day to 51 or 52. In a perfect salamander world, these conditions would be ideal to stimulate migration to the vernal pools. But anyone that has spent time in New Jersey the past two months knows that our weather has been very cold and snowy with temperatures way below normal and snow on the ground for an unusually long extended period of time. How these factors might impact the timing of the migration this year is a good and very interesting question. In a “normal” year before the migration, there would be choruses of spring peepers at the pools and elsewhere around the state and Red-backed salamanders would be easy to find under logs in the upland woods. I’ve yet to hear a peeper, haven’t heard from anyone that they have either and I haven’t seen a single Red-backed salamander yet this year. This unpredictability of the migration and when we might see the spotted salamanders and frogs is one of the most exciting aspects of trying to figure out when to close the road and when they might move. But we always err on the side of caution for the salamanders. I know I will be out on Beekman tonight. If there aren’t any salamanders, I’ll know it’s coming soon and will have learned a little bit more about their spring migration patterns. But if they do migrate, I’ll be doing my “Spring has Sprung” dance and celebrating that winter is really over.   Dave.


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 (3)

Posted by Friends EB EC on March 13, 2015 at 2:35 PM Comments comments (3)

Dave has been monitoring the weather and talking to field ecologists in the last 24 hours.  The rainfall has been pushed back even later and the temperatures don't seem like they will get as warm as forecast earlier. When it does finally start raining they look to be in the upper 30's too which is cold. Dave also checked Beekman and there has been a lot of melting in the last 48 hours but the woods still have a decent amount of snow. He also lifted a bunch of logs and it is still pretty cold under them and there weren't any red backed salamanders or other fauna normally found before the spotteds move. The vernal pools have also melted a bit and now have a very narrow fringe of open water which is a good sign that things are progressing along.

Based on Friends' obesrvation in the last 12 years we may see a large migration this weekend.  Or not...

Beekman Road will remain open tonight, but will most likely be closed tomorrow.  An update will be published here.



Salamander Migration 2015 (2)

Posted by Friends EB EC on March 12, 2015 at 2:35 PM Comments comments (0)

The Friends EBEC are continually monitoring the weather forecast and the ground near Beekman Road vernal pools for optimal migration conditions.  This weekend is shaping up nicely. Between now and then temps are forecast to be mild or at least near normal. Rainfall is expected to begin late Friday night or very early Saturday morning and continue all day through Saturday, possibly even as late as 9pm. Rainfall totals look high with 3/4 to an inch possible. Humidity Friday night preceding the rain looks relatively high as well. Given all of this and looking ahead 36 hours, the Friends may decide to close the road on Friday night and Saturday night. Friday night probably wouldn't feature much movement except possibly late but we have had a number of evenings when the humidity was high preceding a strong rainy low and saw movement despite not having rain. We will keep checking the weather, Dave Moskowitz will be back at the pools to check ground conditions, to help make a better and more educated decision tomorrow.



 

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 (1)

Posted by Friends EB EC on March 12, 2015 at 6:45 AM Comments comments (0)

With the warm temprature and rain in the forecast, salamander migration may start soon.  Updates and information on road closing will by published here, and on our Facebook and Twitter.  PLEASE read the safety reminders below.

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!!!


NJ Agricultural Experiment Station Mobile App

Posted by Friends EB EC on February 6, 2015 at 1:40 PM Comments comments (0)

 

Stay connected with the mobile application for the Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station, home of Rutgers Cooperative Extension. Access our publications, news, events, county office locations, and more.

How to Get the App

 

Follow the links below to access our app on the https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/rutgers-new-jersey-agricultural/id945484300?mt=8" target="_blank">Apple iTunes store and https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=us.rumad.NJAESandroid&hl=en" target="_blank">Google Play (for Android devices). You can also search for the app on both the App Store and Google Play by using the keyword: NJAES. Just follow the prompts to download, activate and enjoy the app.

Click for more information

http://nja.rutgers.edu/app/


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