According to forecasters, rain should clear up just in time for the state’s Free Fishing Days, happening this Saturday and Sunday.
According to a release from the NJ Department of Environmental Protection, the annual Free Fishing Days are meant to introduce new anglers to the state’s freshwater lakes and rivers without requiring them to purchase fishing licenses or trout stamps.
Rob Pompilio, Mike Long and another friend left from Little Egg Harbor Township on Sunday afternoon and were about 30 miles southeast of Atlantic City when they spotted the shark.
"Unspeakable. Like nothing I’ve ever seen before," said Pompilio. The great white was about half the size of Pompilio's 28-foot boat.
We all know that Princeton is prime residential real estate. It seems that black bears think so too.
Animal Control Officer Mark Johnson reports that, according to the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife, the Princeton area might well expect a resident bear in the next three to five years. If so, says Mr. Johnson, the public needs to learn how to live with it. Who knows, he says, the adult male shown here, taking an afternoon nap, might well be scoping out the area for a possible home.
Cicadas are not the only thing making noise in the woods these days. Northern gray tree frogs are calling their hearts out in Warren County looking for mates.
With the warm humid weather settled in to Warren County, the largest tree frog in the northern states, the Northern gray treefrog, can be heard frequently calling throughout the day and night. Its voice, a high-pitched trill, fluctuates in speed with the temperature and humidity — the higher the temperature and humidity, the faster the trill.
This silk moth has a wingspan of 6+ inches, lives just a few days (without eating), mates and dies. The moth was released on Tuesday, when it was ready to fly.
Photo courtesy of jd.echenard.
New Jersey menhaden fishermen already face a big cut in catches this year, but the state Senate on Monday adopted legislation that would at least prevent boats from other states from poaching the Garden State's quota.
The Senate, at a special meeting just to consider the legislation sponsored by Sen. Jeff Van Drew, D-Cape May, Cumberland, Atlantic, approved it by a vote of 28-0. The Assembly passed it May 20 in a 72-0-5 vote.
"The over-fishing of our coastal waters by out-of-state fishermen hurts our economy, our fishermen and cuts into our quota. We have to make sure that New Jersey's menhaden supply is available to our local fishermen and not wiped out by those from other states," Van Drew said.
By now, New York City was supposed to be overrun with cicadas. When we walked outside, they'd fly into our hair and crunch below our feet. They'd cover every surface and deafen us with their collective mating hum. Every night, while we slept, we would unknowingly swallow an average of 2.3 cicadas.
Staten Islanders aside, though, chances are you haven't spotted a single cicada in New York City. A similar pattern has emerged in D.C. and north New Jersey —
Cicada Apocalypse 5000 in one locality; normal, pleasant summer day in
the next. If you're living in an area that hasn't yet experienced a
cicada invasion, you can probably stop waiting.
Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. (center in
back) joined with fourth-grade students from Branch Brook School in Newark
on Wednesday, June 5 for an Urban Bird Celebration in Essex County Branch
Brook Park. With DiVincenzo and the students are state Sen. and Essex
County Deputy Chief of Staff Teresa Ruiz, Acting Newark City Council President
Anibal Ramos, Freeholder Leonard Luciano, Branch Brook School Principal
Joseph Cullen and Jennifer Dowd from NJ Audubon.
Photo by Glen Frieson.
Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. joined with students from Branch Brook School in Newark on Wednesday, June 5 for an Urban Bird Celebration in Essex County Branch Brook Park. The event was part of a two-day birding program, performed in cooperation and with the support of NJ Audubon, in which the students identified and catalogued the types of birds they saw and heard in the park. The school has used Branch Brook Park as its “outdoor classroom” since 2009.
“I am pleased to join the students and hear about their birding project. Since 2003, we have worked with the Branch Brook Park Alliance and other community groups to revitalize and enhance Essex County Branch Brook Park so it remains as the centerpiece of the community. While our parks are hubs for recreation, today’s program highlights their educational benefits as we prepare our students to be tomorrow’s stewards of the park and our environment,” DiVincenzo said.
“It was epic. He back flipped right in,” said Clint Simek, of Brielle, who still sounded stunned by the shark’s theatrics as he retold the story Wednesday, a day after the wild encounter.Simek along with Capt. Tom Rostron, Jr., of Wall, were on Rostron’s boat the TNT. It was just the two of them.
While the emergence of cicadas in Westfield might feel like an alien invasion and their sound more akin to a space ship than a mating call, rest assured that these little visitors are not here to stay.
“The cicada phenomenon usually lasts four to six weeks, maybe as long as eight weeks … I would say that all cicada activity in Westfield should be done by mid-July, conservative estimate,” said Joseph Filo, Senior Park Naturalist of the Trailside Nature & Science Center in Mountainside, NJ.
Photo courtesy of OnEarth Blog.
My morning commute from the Jersey suburbs is often fraught with confusion and delay. But this morning was the first time a black bear was to blame.
There it was, in the small park just across the street from my train station, perched nervously in the lower branches of a large tree. It looked like it was seriously considering a leap onto the police SUV parked below, which is why officers were banging loudly with fallen branches and a hammer, hoping to keep the bear off the ground until wildlife officials could arrive. The park was ringed with yellow caution tape, and I joined the gaggle of New York City commuters quickly snapping pictures with their smart phones, until the approaching train whistle lured us across the street to the boarding platform.
New Jersey is home to several varieties of ticks, with the most common being the blacklegged, or deer tick, the lone star tick, and the American dog tick, according to the CDC.
The New Jersey Conservation Foundation has purchased and preserved a 94-acre piece of property in Delaware Township situated along the Plum Brook.
Surrounded by other properties that have been preserved, the space adds to a near 1,000-acre circle of preserved land around the township's section of Sergeantsville. The foundation said a set of trails are planned to connect the various preserved areas.
It has been nearly 25 years since the Army Corps of Engineers walked away from plans to build a flood-control system for the Meadowlands, including a massive tidal barrier in the Hackensack River, after concluding that the $289 million price tag far outweighed the potential damage from floods.
The collapse of that effort looms large as officials consider the expensive lessons of Superstorm Sandy — $30 million and counting in Bergen County, according to recent data from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Since 1992, major storms and floods have cost Bergen County $192 million — and that’s only counting claims submitted to the federal government.