Don’s Jersey Birding: Every day in the Meadowlands is a Super Sunday

Don’s Jersey Birding: Every day in the Meadowlands is a Super Sunday

By Don Torino

As the attention of the world’s media descends upon East Rutherford on Super Bowl Sunday and the focus of it is on the touchdowns that are thrown and the football heroes that are made. I hope that at least for at least a brief moment that the incredible technology of the NFL cameras that from a few hundred yards away can spot a dropped ball or a fumble, a first down or a receiver pointing up into the heavens after a touch-down will for a brief second or two show the world the real New Jersey Meadowlands, the one that draws crowds not only on Sunday afternoons to a man-made facility but the Meadowlands that attracts people to the marshes and meadows to witness the wonders of the natural world every day of the year. The real Meadowlands are where real Eagles, Falcons, Ravens, Seahawks and Cardinals thrive in an almost magical environment despite the traffic, weather conditions or the TV schedule.

Don’s Jersey Birding: Don’t let fear stop you from enjoying the outdoors

Don’s Jersey Birding: Don’t let fear stop you from enjoying the outdoors

By Don Torino

Woody Allen once said, “I am not afraid of death; I just don’t want to be there when it happens”. Unfortunately I am meeting more and more people that feel that way about being outdoors. They say they love Nature but don’t really want to be there when it happens. It seems some folks that would otherwise be enjoying the outdoors have now become fearful of nature and are finding more and more reasons to avoid a walk in the woods and meadows and stay inside. Their fears run the gamut from being attacked by a wild pack of coyotes to being hissed at by an angry goose, from slipping in the mud to getting cold toes, their worries seem to have become extreme and have now limited their nature connection to a wilderness hike from their front door to the far off reaches of their driver’s side door.