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Join the Bayonne Nature Club by coming to a bird walk, meeting or shoreline clean-up.  We charge no dues, just come when you can. We look forward to seeing you!  

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This page was last updated: May 27, 2017
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Our Schedule of Events:

1. Thursday, June 1 MEETING at 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm at the Bayonne Public Library on Ave. C and 31st Street in the downstairs small conference room. Talking about birds, migration and spring!

2. Saturday, June 3 – Bird Walk 8:00 am to 10:00 am at Liberty State Park. We’ll be walking the Cove. Meet at the boat launch. (Parking on Conrad Street near Daily News, not in boat launch lot.) Bring your binoculars, we’ll bring the scope. Summer shorebirds are in!

3. Wednesday, June 7, Bird Walk 9:00 am to 11:00 am at Rutkowski Park. Meet at the gate near the restrooms of Gregg Hudson County Park. We’ll bring the scope.

4. Saturday, June 10 Bird Walk 9:00 am to 11:00 am at Lefante Walk. Meet at the first green bridge behind Otaiko Restaurant in South Cove Commons Mall. Bring your binoculars, we’ll bring the scope. Let’s find those Clapper Rails. Please note: Bayonne’s Hometown Fair is June 10 and 11.

5. Wednesday, June 21 Bird Walk 9:00 am to 11:00 am at Rutkowski Park.  Meet at the gate in S. Gregg Hudson County Park near the restrooms. Bring your binoculars, we'll bring the scope.

6. Friday, June 23 Bayonne Nature Club Pot-luck Picnic at S. Gregg Hudson County Park picnic area from 4:00 pm until the night hawks fly! (Best parking along Kennedy Blvd). Bring your favorite dish to share or just pick something up at a deli.

7. WATCH FOR POP-UP Shoreline Clean-ups. Date and Location to be announced. We’ll send out emails.  Start time will be 9:00 am to 11:00 pm. We’re trying something different this summer. Pop-up clean-ups are for those who don’t work weekdays and want to get those nasty little corners done that don’t warrant a full official clean-up. If you are interested email us.

8. Our next official clean-up will be Sunday, August 27 from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm at Rutkowski Park.  We’ll be working with Hackensack Riverkeeper. They often bring canoes and serve pizza at the end of the clean-up. Dress for dirty work. Tools, garbage bags, gloves, snacks and water will be provided. Please help keep the boardwalk park looking good.

Be sure to tell your friends to join the Bayonne Nature Club!  Join by participating in a bird walk, meeting, shoreline clean-up, planting the butterfly garden and/or displaying your photos at the library with us. We charge no dues. We are nature enthusiasts and activists. 
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Above picture taken by Susan Hill. 7/2012.
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We have expenses too:  the cost of the web site, the cost of water and snacks for the shoreline clean-up volunteers and the bird feeder campaign.  We also purchase nature/science books and donate them to the Public Library.

If you have items appropriate for flea markets/rummage sales that you would be willing to give up, we will pick them up and sell them and keep the proceeds as a donation.  Please click on the contact button below, tell us what you have.
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This King Rail and chick was seen in Bayonne NJ, July 26, 2014 from Lefante Walk.
This Clapper Rail was seen in Bayonne NJ, August, 2012. A Marsh Wren is singing in the tall grass out of sight.
This Yellow-crowned Night Heron was seen in Bayonne NJ June, 2013. Video by Michael Ruscigno.
The first Bald Eagle seen in Hudson County, NJ in over 50 years. Eagle populations are increasing in NJ as the rivers become cleaner. This is why we fight for cleaner rivers.  Video taken on Feb. 25, 2015 by Mike Ruscigno.
These male Wood Ducks were seen competing with each other March 10, 2016 off Lefante Walk in Bayonne NJ.
Bobolink singing in field at Newark Bay Waterfront Walkway. May 2016.  Video by Mike Ruscigno. This is not a common bird for this area.  Its song is unusual.  Some say it sounds like R2D2 of Star Wars. Does it?
Clapper Rail builds a nest June 7, 2016.  Mike Ruscigno took this video from Lefante Walk, Bayonne NJ. 
This video confirms that Oyster Catchers were seen at the Cove of Liberty State Park. Better yet, the immature seen in this video confirms that there was a successful nesting. 

Video taken by Mike Ruscigno.
A Merlin (falcon) devours a Mockingbird from high up in a tree.  Video taken Oct. 7, 2016 at Lincoln Park in Jersey City, NJ. Video by Mike Ruscigno.