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A Walk In Frost Woods

Posted by Friends EB EC on April 29, 2012 at 8:30 PM Comments comments (0)

By Todd J. Dreyer [Friends' member]

While out scouting for insects to photograph a few weeks ago, I had the luck to stumble across one of New Jerseys species of special concern, the Eastern Box Turtle.

Not giving it much thought I snapped a few pictures and went off to look for bugs. When double checking to make sure the ID was correct later that day I found this webpage from Conserve Wildlife NJ.

So next time you see one don't take it home, gather some data and submit a report. Helping a Box Turtle is helping your park system!




My Third Moth Night

Posted by Friends EB EC on August 3, 2011 at 4:31 PM Comments comments (0)

Eight-year-old Max Frederick talks about last week's Moth Night.

By: Max Frederick

My third moth night was thrilling!!! The first thing my friends & I did was a technique called beating. This is when we put an umbrella or such under a shrubs or trees. Then you take a tennis racket and hit the shrubs or trees with it so all of the bugs land on the umbrella. These were the things I found; spiny spider, inchworm, white spiders and lots of leaves. This is my favorite out of all three, the piny spider because it looks so cool!

Now, the next part of moth night. This was my favorite Moth that we have found so far.  It is called the Blind-eyed Sphinx Moth.  He is just under 3 inches long, that's a pretty big fellow.  He stayed on me for a really long time.  My friend Josh got to hold him for a while also.  It was a very hot and humid night, perfect for looking for moths.  Moth Night is my favorite part of this summer, I can’t wait till the next one!

Moth Night is sponsored by the Friends of the East brunswick Recreation Commission.

 See pictures on the Patch

Blinded sphinx, credit: Todd J.

Sharing the Outdoors With Friends

Posted by The Friends on July 15, 2011 at 8:57 AM Comments comments (0)

Eight-year-old Max Frederick and his friends visit Butterfly Park

Today my friends and I went to Great Oak and Butterfly Park. This is one of my favorite places so I wanted to share it with my friends.  My favorite parts are finding butterflies, climbing trees and looking for the different insects like the Longhorn Beetle.

Matias, Josh, Matthew and I went to climb the Weeping Beech tree. I wanted to show them how you can sit up high and read or just watch everyone. There are lots of other trees to climb at Great Oak park.

Now let’s go onto the Butterfly Park. You can find all sorts of butterflies in Butterfly Park. These are the butterflies we found, Spicebush Swallowtail, Cabbage White, Silver Spotted Skipper and the Coral Hairstreak. But keep this in mind; butterflies aren’t the only things you can find. We found a Red Milkweed Beetle, when you hold them to your ear, you can hear them clicking. You can see bees pollenating the flowers. Lastly, we saw the large Milkweed Bug. I like finding bugs and then looking them up in my field guide.

Well, until the next park, goodbye!!!

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Nature Through The Eyes of a Child - Moth Night, by Max Frederick

Posted by Friends EB EC on July 3, 2011 at 9:59 AM Comments comments (0)

Hi, my name is Max Frederick and I’ll be giving info and my opinions about moth night. There are lots of different types of moths we get to see.      

My favorite moths are the Geometer Moths. There were Pale Beauties at the last Moth Night.      

Moths aren’t the only bugs at Moth night; many other bugs like beetles are attracted to the light. Which reminds me, I held a pinching beetle (type of stag beetle) at the last moth night. You can look up the pictures online.

Well, what do you do if you’ve never been to moth night??? Well, here is what we do. We gather up at a wooded area where they put a cloth and a Mercury vapor light and all sorts of “critters” are attracted to it. If you have any questions about the bugs we find, don’t worry, there are lots of people there to answer your questions.      

Moth night is a great experience to look at nature. If you are going to the next one, prepare to get mothified!!!!!      

You will need to bring a flashlight and wear shoes that are good for walking in the woods.      

You will have a great time if you love to find bugs and learn about them like me.

By: Maxwell Frederick (future entomologist)

Age: 8 1/2

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A Chance Meeting

Posted by Friends EB EC on May 8, 2011 at 10:20 PM Comments comments (0)


East Brunswick resident Ayelet Ben-Zvi spotted this turkey vulture in her back yard and blogged about it. 

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Introducing East Brunswick Green

Posted by Friends EB EC on May 1, 2011 at 10:11 PM Comments comments (0)

Introducing East Brunswick Green As East Brunswick residents we are fortunate to have wonderful parks and open spaces to explore. East Brunswick is located along two rivers, in the eastern migratory flyway for birds, butterflies, moths and dragonflies and at the transition zone between northern and southern habitats and species. Geologically, East Brunswick is in the Inner Coastal Plain, an area marked by fertile soils and rolling topography. Our weather is moderate with cold winters, sometimes snowy, sometimes not, and warm, humid summers. All four seasons are pronounced. Precipitation is generally evenly distributed throughout the year and droughts and hurricanes are infrequent. Winter Nor’easter’s with heavy snow and wind occur regularly. All of these factors combine to create a wonderful diversity of habitats and excellent biodiversity.  Read more