RHA is excited to welcome Blaine Rothauser on Thursday, July 16 from 7:00 to 9:00 pm at Fairview Farm Wildlife Preserve, for his renowned presentation called “The Silent Majority: Moths of New Jersey.” Register now! Read More »
On January 2, 2015 a brave visitor to our Fairview Farm Preserve, Kathy Caldas, rescued an injured Red-tailed Hawk. He had a broken shoulder and didn’t look like he was going to make it. The amazing folks over at The Raptor Trust nursed him back to health and a The Raptor Trust volunteer, Bob Cruickshank, released him back into the wild at Fairview Farm on March 30, 2015. This video captures the wonderful moment for our winged resident! (Video by Robert Reid)
I like to run — it’s something I do five or six days a week, year-round. I enjoy running for many reasons, not the least of which is that it affords me the opportunity to see, hear and smell many things that I miss when I’m covering the ground in an automobile. I often get my first hint that the seasons are changing during my early morning jaunts along the roads and trails near my home.
Although the calendar declared that Spring had arrived last week and I finished boiling off all the sap I’d collected to turn it into maple syrup, I wasn’t really feeling it. Then, one morning this week, I heard them — the creatures that, to me, represent the true onset of Spring. Read More »
The American Woodcock, commonly known as the timberdoodle, is a forest-dwelling shorebird that lives in much of the eastern United States. It migrates to warmer climates for the winter and typically begins arriving back in our region as the temperatures start to rise in late February or early March. The mixed habitats of forest and meadow at RHA’s Fairview Farm Wildlife Preserve attract a significant number of these birds each year, and we’ve just started to see and hear them as we leave our office at the end of each work day! Read More »
Throughout history the owl (Family: Strigidae) has been featured in mythology, folklore and euphemisms. Who has not heard at one time or another someone being referred to as a “wise old owl” or called “a night owl”? In ancient Greece owls were often depicted as symbols of good fortune. Perhaps the wise old owl came from its association with the Little Owl, who was the messenger of Athena, the goddess of wisdom. Owls are one of the few birds that have been found in prehistoric cave paintings with fossils dating back 60 million years. Amazingly, these fossils show that the bird has changed little in that time.