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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 (*...

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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 ...

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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 try...

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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...

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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...

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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 con...

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Salamander migration 2015 (3)

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

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 ...

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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 prec...

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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 parki...

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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

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The Great Backyard Bird Count - February 13-16, 2015

Posted by Friends EB EC on February 5, 2015 at 9:00 AM Comments comments (0)

The Great Backyard Bird Count is a citizen science project (which means everyone can participate) that is easy and fun.You don't have to be a bird expert - use the Friends' online East Brunswick bird guide to help you identify the ...

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Verona Township Council passes anti-idling ordinance

Posted by Friends EB EC on February 2, 2015 at 5:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Verona officials are cracking down on idling vehicles. Recently, the Township Council passed a resolution banning drivers from leaving their cars running while parked for an extended period of time.

The resolution approved at a Jan. 20 meeting reinforces existing state law, which prohibits idling in a car or truck beyond three minutes w...

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Rutgers Geology Museum open house - Saturday, January 31

Posted by Friends EB EC on January 30, 2015 at 2:40 PM Comments comments (0)


Since 1968, the Rutgers Geology Museum has hosted an annual Open House and Mineral sale every January. The mineral sale is one of the largest in New Jersey, and has continued to draw hundreds of visitors every year.

Held every year on the last Saturday in January. Events take place between 9 am and 4 pm in the Geology Museum and Scott Hall on the College Avenue Campus. Check out the following links for the a...

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The Friends' Freecyling in Japanese

Posted by Friends EB EC on January 26, 2015 at 3:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Can you read Japanese? Do you know of The Big Issue? The Big Issue is a not-for-profit social enterprise that develops solutions to help homeless, marginalised and disadvantaged people positively change their lives. The Big Issue Japan is part of this global ...

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Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Middlesex County - Calendar of Events

Posted by Friends EB EC on January 18, 2015 at 11:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Rutgers Cooperative Extension

 

of Middlesex County

 

January 2015 Happy New Year!

 

Calendar of Events

 

 

The following programs are available this month.

 

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

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Winter Birtding Day - Bald Easgles and Much More

Posted by Friends EB EC on December 21, 2014 at 9:05 AM Comments comments (0)

The East Brunswick Environmental Commission and the Friends of the EB Environmental Commission led a group of hardy souls around town yesterday, taking stock of the town's winter bird life. It was dark and cold with occasional flurries - the very definition of raw. We visited Dallenback Park, Edgeboro Landfill, Duhernal and Farrington Lakes and tallied 32 species. Highlights were a brown creeper, eastern bluebirds (always nice on such an almost winter day), a possible cackling goose, hood...

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Garden Plots Available for 2015 - returning gardeners

Posted by Friends EB EC on December 16, 2014 at 11:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Garden Plots Available for 2015

The calendar may say winter, but it’s not too early to reserve your plot in the East Brunswick Community Garden for 2015. Garden plots go quickly every year, and just a limited number remain for next spring.

This year, for the first time, returning gardeners may renew for one or two years at $10 a year.

If you register for 2015, you may continue to garden throughout th...

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Support the Friends

Posted by Friends EB EC on December 16, 2014 at 1:50 PM Comments comments (0)
Support the Friends with an end of the year donation !
The Friends of the East Brunswick (NJ, USA) Environmental Commission is a nonprofit (501 3C) organization dedicated to local conservation and environmental education.

Membership and all of the Friends events and projects are free and open to a...

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East Brunswick Birding Day, December 20, 2014

Posted by Friends EB EC on December 15, 2014 at 10:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Come and join us on December 20 when the Environmental Commission will lead a day of birding around the town.

We’ll hit Dahlenbach, Edgeboro Landfill, Farrington Lake, and other locations. In previous years we’ve seen Common and Hooded Mergansers, Canada Geese, Mute Swans and other wintering ducks. Raptors have included Bald Eagles, Red-tailed hawks, Black and Turkey Vultures, and Kestrels. Perching birds might include Pipits, Kinglets, and White-throated, White-crowned...

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Shop and support the Friends

Posted by Friends EB EC on December 14, 2014 at 11:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Shopping for holiday gifts?  Please use AMAZON SMILE (click on the logo below).
Amazon will donate a precentage of your purchase to The Friends.  All donation support Friends' events and projects, that are always free and open to all.   Thank you!

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