NJ.com: 7 best places in New Jersey to go birdwatching this spring

NJ.com: 7 best places in New Jersey to go birdwatching this spring

After a brutal winter, spring has returned in all its glory to the Garden State, bringing with it warmer temperatures, more genial dispositions – and millions of birds.

Mile for mile, New Jersey is possibly the best state in the country for birdwatching. Spring heralds the arrival of some of the most colorful and charismatic birds on the continent – neotropical migrants and passerines like warblers, vireos and flycatchers. They’re traversing the Atlantic flyway, from South America to northern climes, and stopping here to rest or breed. Birds, now more concerned with mating than avoiding predators, start to become more conspicuous. They’re literally more colorful in their spring plumage. They perch on branches, looking for a partner, and start singing.

Nature’s Focus: Red-backed Salamander

Nature’s Focus: Red-backed Salamander

By: Thomas W. Gorman

Over the past few weeks, I’ve noticed many of my friends and fellow photographers have been Herping, which is simply defined as a process of searching for amphibians and/or reptiles. I honestly never considered finding frogs, salamanders, or the like during the cold weather months. I found this interesting. Even more so, I found their macro photographs quite beautiful. In many ways, by seeing their hard work and the results, I was inspired to do some searching on my own.

Don’s Jersey Birding: Housing Crisis In New Jersey!

Don’s Jersey Birding: Housing Crisis In New Jersey!

By Don Torino

New couples are finding it very hard to find suitable housing in the garden state this year. Commercialization and urban sprawl are making life tough for these families to locate places where they can settle down and raise their young. There is stiff competition for housing that already exists and unless they can find help these families may have to seriously think twice about raising a family bringing forth their next generation here in New Jersey.