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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 and Tree Sparrows, and of course the feeder contingent: Nuthatches,

chickadees, titmice, downy and red-bellied woodpeckers. We’ll meet at Crystal Springs parking lot at 8 AM and finish up in the early afternoon. Rain date , Sunday December 21st.


Freecycling, Rutgers studens & the Friends on the SEBS Newsroom

Posted by Friends EB EC on November 12, 2014 at 5:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Students taking an Environmental Science class at Rutgers helped during our recent Freecycling event.  Read more on the SEBS (School of Environmental and Biloloical Sciences) Newsroom website:

http://sebsnjaesnews.rutgers.edu/2014/11/rutgers-environmental-science-students-volunteer-at-local-freecycle-event/

Rutgers student volunteers from Craig Phelps’ Intro to Environmental Science class. Phelps is in the back row, center.


Freecyling, October 26, 2014

Posted by Friends EB EC on October 26, 2014 at 7:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Hundreds of people stopped by our Freecycling event to drop off things they no longer need and to find treasures to take home.

Chairs and tables, sewing machines, bread makers, pots and pans, printers, video games, clothes and shoes and many other items found new homes today. 

We thank the East Brunswick Department of Recreation, Parks & Community Services for their support.

It wouldn't be a succsful event without the help of East Brunswick Youth Council members, Rutgers Environmental Science students and other volunteers who helped during the day with unloaidng cars, distributing items and directing traffic.

Special thanks to Raviv Mor, East Brunswick resident and owner of R. Mor Enterprises, for volunteering his time and equipment to make Freecyling possible.

https://www.flickr.com/search?user_id=haramaty&sort=relevance&text=eastbrunswick%20freecycling" target="_blank">Click here to see more Freecyling photos

Finding treasures at the tosy section

All volunteers were wearing orange shirts

Youth Council members - late shift

Rutgers students with Dr. Craig Phelps

Raviv Mor separting what's left at the end of the day for recycling or trash


Betterly Park work day - Ocbober 18, 9am

Posted by Friends EB EC on October 14, 2014 at 10:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Butterfly Park work day, Saturday, October 18, 2014, 9:00am-11:00am

 

Join the Friends and help with weeding of the flower beds and planting daffodil and tulip bulbs.

 

Butterfly Park is at the at the corner of Winton Road and Rues Lane.






Community Garden Harves Fest postponed - new date October 12, 2-4pm

Posted by Friends EB EC on October 11, 2014 at 8:00 PM Comments comments (0)

The East Brunswick Community Garden Harvest Fest is postpone until tomorrow.

 

The EB Community Garden Harves Fest will be held on October 12, 2-4pm.

 

Farmers Market - October 5, 2014

Posted by Friends EB EC on September 9, 2014 at 10:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Sunday, October 5, 2014

10am-2pm

East Brunswick Cultural Arts Center

721 Cranbury Rd, East Brunswick, New Jersey 08816

Click here for more information

 

 

Food vendors that offer locally produced foods who are interested in attending, please send an email to Therlam@yahoo.com.

 

Local non-for-profit organization are invited to have a table at the market for no cost. Contact the Friends for more information.


Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Middlesex County September 2014 Calendar of Events

Posted by Friends EB EC on September 6, 2014 at 8:20 PM Comments comments (0)

 

 

The following programs will take place at the EARTH Center, in

Davidson’s Mill Pond Park, 42 Riva Ave., South Brunswick, NJ

Unless otherwise noted.

For more info on any program contact 732-398-5260732-398-5260.

We are on Facebook. Search “Earth Center of Middlesex County”, then “Like Us”.

 

 

This month’s offerings are as follows.

 

 

4-H Scrapbooking Weekend Crop ‘til You Drop

 

Friday, September 5, 7 pm - 11 pm

 

Saturday, September 6, 9 am - 10 pm

 

at the 4-H Log Cabin/Youth Center

 

645 Cranbury Rd, East Brunswick.

 

Come work on your projects alongside scrapbook veterans.

 

Call 732-398-5261732-398-5261 for info.

 

Master Gardener Program Orientation

 

Thursday, Sept. 11, 6:30 pm or

 

Friday, Sept. 12, 9:30 am

 

Interested in the program? We are the only County that has an evening class…

 

Open to all throughout the state. Come to these sessions to learn what it takes.

 

Orientation isn’t mandatory but the class begins the following week.

 

Call this number for details 732-398-5278732-398-5278.

 

 

Tamarack Hollow Nature Walk with Lawrence Brook Watershed Partnership

 

Sunday, September 14th, 1PM

 

Hike through woodlands and wetlands to see the natural & human history of this

 

Middlesex County Open Space area.

Meeting Location: East end of Albrecht Avenue, East Brunswick, off Riva Avenue,

North of Church Lane. Park in Trail Head parking area East of Hillcrest Avenue.

 

 

Waterwheels Watershed Bike Tour with Lawrence Brook Watershed Partnership

 

Sunday, September 21 Registration at 8:30 am and ride starts at 9:00 am

 

at the LBWP Headquarters at 85 Washington Avenue, Milltown, NJ 08850

 

Fun, informative 26-mile ride from Milltown to the Plainsboro Preserve through rural areas.

 

For more information or to pre-register contact Michael at 732-828-3275732-828-3275 or mshakar@aol.com.


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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Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Middlesex County Garden Field Day/Open House

Posted by Friends EB EC on August 2, 2014 at 8:00 AM Comments comments (0)


On Saturday, August 16, The EARTH Center, home to Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Middlesex County, will host their Garden Field Day/Open House from 11 AM to 3 PM. The event will take place in Davidson’s Mill Pond Park, 42 Riva Ave. South Brunswick, NJ and is great day of fun for the family in a beautiful park setting (raindate for the event will be August 17). Join us for 2014’s event as we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Smith-Lever Act of 1914, which officially created the national Cooperative Extension System.

 

 

The Extension Agriculture Department as well as Rutgers Master Gardeners will be on hand, offering sound advice on horticulture and environmental stewardship while guiding visitors through their various teaching gardens and learning projects. Examples of their work include the Children’s Garden with Green Roof playhouse, an enormous vegetable display garden, environmentally conscious rain garden and the popular Butterfly House. Many exhibitors who collaborate with Middlesex County Extension throughout out the year will also be present to display their programs and accomplishments. Davidson’s Mill Pond park is a 380 acre park with fields, trails, ponds and a lake. It is truly one of Middlesex County’s most beautiful and undiscovered parks.

 

 

Also part of the event will be, the “Greatest of the Garden” competition, so gardeners should bring their biggest or most outstanding home grown produce to win prizes and recognition. Attendees are encouraged to bring their homegrown entries for categories not limited to:

 

Biggest Tomato

 

Biggest Cucumber

 

Biggest Squash

 

Biggest Water Melon

 

Longest Gourd

 

All Vegetables..Best Likeness to Celebrity or Historical Figure.

 

 

Garden Field Day attendees can also enjoy samples of locally grown produce courtesy of Middlesex County farmers, while enjoying the sounds of local musicians. There will be “green” living displays including talks on Compost Tea and kids can meet MC Blue, the recycling robot.

 

For more information call 732-398-5268732-398-5268 or e-mail david.smela@co.middlesex.nj.us

 

 

In New Jersey, Cooperative Extension is part of the Rutgers University - New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station located at the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences and is supported by funds from county, state and federal governments as well as contracts and grants, private donations and service fees.

 

 

Rutgers Cooperative Extension focuses on extending knowledge and changing lives in New Jersey by bringing the research of Rutgers University and the land-grant university system to the people in New Jersey. Rutgers Cooperative Extension supports our state’s agriculture and provides vital services to our state’s farmers. In addition, Cooperative Extension provides educational programs, urban and community outreach, 4-H youth development, food, nutrition and health and economic and workforce development.

 

Rutgers Cooperative Extension celebrates its centennial in 2014 by commemorating the Smith-Lever Act, which established the Cooperative Extension Service and by celebrating the impact the Extension system has made on people nationwide through life-changing education.

 

Specifically, the Act stated its purpose as aiding, “in diffusing among the people of the United States useful and practical information on subjects relating to agriculture, uses of solar energy with respect to agriculture, home economics, and rural energy, and to encourage the application of the same. . .”

 

For more information on Rutgers Cooperative Extension visit https://njaes.rutgers.edu/extension" target="_blank">https://njaes.rutgers.edu/extension/ and for more information on the 100th Anniversary of Rutgers Cooperative Extension visit https://njaes.rutgers.edu/extension100years/" target="_blank">https://njaes.rutgers.edu/extension100years/

 

For information on Middlesex County’s Extension office visit https://njaes.rutgers.edu/extension100years/" target="_blank">www.co.middlesex.nj.us/extensionservices


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Moth Night in East Brunswick Kicks Off National Moth Week This Friday

Posted by Friends EB EC on July 16, 2014 at 11:05 AM Comments comments (0)

 


Join the Friends of the East Brunswick Environmental Commission this week for the official kickoff of National Moth Week 2014, Friday, July 18, at 8:30 p.m. We’ll be hunting moths at Community Park, also known as Dallenbach’s Lake, located on Dunham’s Corner Road. Park in the Crystal Springs lot. The event is free and open to people of all ages.

We’ll be setting up lights and painting trees with moth bait near and in the woods, so comfortable shoes and flashlights are advised. Cameras are encouraged so you can capture the nighttime visitors to our sheets.


National Moth Week will be celebrated this year in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and 40 countries around the world. This citizen science project was started in East Brunswick by the Friends of the East Brunswick Environmental Commission in 2012 to engage and educate people about moths, their beauty and their importance to the environment. It immediately became a global initiative with hundreds of events attended by thousands of people.

If you are not in New Jersey, check our locations page to find an event in your area, or register your own.


 

Moths & Butterflies - book display at The Library

Posted by Friends EB EC on July 16, 2014 at 8:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Visit the East Brunswick Public Library for a display of children books about moths and butterflies.

Photo credit: Donna McEvoy


Why moths?

 

  • Moths are among the most diverse and successful organisms on earth.
  • Scientists estimate there are 150,000 to more than 500,000 moth species.
  • Their colors and patterns are either dazzling or so cryptic that they define camouflage. Shapes and sizes span the gamut from as small as a pinhead to as large as an adult’s hand.
  • Most moths are nocturnal, and need to be sought at night to be seen – others fly like butterflies during the day.
  • Finding moths can be as simple as leaving a porch light on and checking it after dark. Serious moth aficionados use special lights and baits to attract them.

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Come to a Moth Night!  Join the Friends of the EB Environmental Commission on Friday, July 18, 8:30pm to explore night time nature. We will meet at Dallenbach lake. Click here for more information.

This Moth Night is a National Moth Week event. National Moth Week  is a global citizen science project that started here in East Brunswick.


Photo credit: Donna McEvoy

 


New Jersey is Where it all Started

Posted by Friends EB EC on July 3, 2014 at 7:45 AM Comments comments (0)

We’re proud that National Moth Week started in New Jersey in 2012 by the Friends of the East Brunswick Environmental Commission. With its varied geography from seashore to mountains, New Jersey is a great state in which to observe and document moths in their habitats.

Public events for National Moth Week in New Jersey are scheduled from the northern reaches of the state to one of its southern-most counties. They include a “moth ball,” nighttime moth surveys and daytime moth hunts. They are organized by many different groups, including the N.J. Audubon Society, historic preservation sites, a state college and state agencies. Individuals also are holding private events in their own communities.

We encourage everyone who attends a National Moth Week event to bring their cameras and upload their moth photos to the websites of our partner organizations.

If you live in New Jersey, try to attend one of these events or organize your own.

Or, if you’re not in New Jersey, check out these events and those on our maps for ideas on how you can celebrate National Moth Week in your state or country.


East Brunswick Moth Night -  July 18, 8:30 p.m., Moth Night, Community Park (next to Crystal Springs) East Brunswick, sponsored by the Friends of the East Brunswick Environmental Commission.  More information

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Media Contact: Sandra Lanman

908-217-2312908-217-2312908-217-2312

sandra@lanmanpr.com

 

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EB Environmental Commission's Big Day of Birding East Brunswick on May 3rd, 2014

Posted by Friends EB EC on May 4, 2014 at 8:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Osprey,   Photo credit: Steven Albert

Steven Albert, East Brusnwick Environmetnal Commission member, led the the EB Environmental Commission's Big Day of Birding East Brunswick on May 3rd, 201. He sent us this report:

A small group birded around town.  East Brunswick has a variety of environments ranging from woodland to ponds to lawns to marsh to scrubby fields to Edgeboro Landfill.  We ended up with 59 species: 7 warblers, 6 raptors, with some great looks at Baltimore Orioles, Osprey, wood thrush and magnolia, prairie and yellow warbler.


You can see some pictures here:

 https://www.flickr.com/photos/98494447@N06/14100299561/

 

Here’s the list of birds identified:

 


Northern parula warbler

White-throated sparrow

American robin

Red-bellied woodpecker

Blue jay

Yellow-rumped warbler

Carolina wren

Carolina chickadee

House wren

Northern cardinal

Laughing gull

American crow

Gray catbird

Common grackle

Red-winged blackbird

Canada goose

Tufted titmouse

Mourning dove

Baltimore oriole

Chipping sparrow

Eastern phoebe

Wood thrush

Turkey vulture

Starling

Northern flicker

Magnolia warbler

Prairie warbler

Great egret

Song sparrow

Pigeon

Belted kingfisher

Kildeer

Northern rough-winged swallow

Yellow warbler

Mockingbird

Black vulture

Fish crow

Barn swallow

Tree swallow

Red-tailed hawk

Common yellowthroat

Ring-billed gull

Kestrel

Least sandpiper

Osprey

Savannah sparrow

Brown-headed cowbird

Mallard

Mute swan

Purple martin

Great blue heron

Great black-backed gull

Herring gull

Double-crested cormorant

Ovenbird

White-breasted nuthatch

Northern harrier

Veery

House sparrow

 

 


Spring work day at Butterfly Park

Posted by Friends EB EC on April 19, 2014 at 10:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Thank you to all Friends and Youth council volunteers who helped weed and mulch at the park.


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/


 

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