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This page was last updated: July 31, 2018
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by Mike Ruscigno in Bayonne, NJ published on "You Tube"
Here is the August, 2018 newsletter!

1. Thursday, August 2 at 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm MEETING at the Bayonne Public Library on Ave. C and 31st Street in the downstairs small conference room. Should we picnic in September? Has the fall migration really started already?

2. THURSDAY Bird Walks: August 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30 from 9:00 am to 11:00 am. Meet at the gate of Rutkowski Park located near the restrooms in S.Gregg Hudson County Park. Bring your binoculars, we’ll bring the scope. Shorebirds and warblers are heading south. Let’s catch them on their way through Bayonne.

3. SATURDAY Bird Walks: August 4, 11 and 25 from 9:00 am to 11:00 am at Lefante Walk.  Meet behind Otaiko Restaurant, South Cove Commons Mall, off Rt 440. Bring your binoculars and water to drink. We’ll bring the scope! Fall migration has begun with shorebirds heading south!

4. Saturday, August 18, 12 noon, Paddle the Peninsula, 16th Street Park, boat ramp. Call 201-858-6109 to register your own kayak or obtain one to use at this event. Get out on the water and see Bayonne from a new point of view. This event is sponsored by the City of Bayonne and Mayor Davis.

5. Sunday, August 26, from 9:00 am to 1:00 am Shoreline Clean-up at Rutkowski Park.  Meet at the gate near the restroom of S. Gregg Hudson County Park, down from 48th Street. We’ll be working with Hackensack Riverkeeper to remove plastic bottles and trash to keep it out of the bay and ocean. Dress for dirty work, wear boots. Tools, garbage bags, gloves, snacks and water will be provided. Hackensack Riverkeeper has a pizza party at the end of the clean-up. 

Be sure to tell your friends! Join the Bayonne Nature Club by coming to a bird walk, meeting or shoreline clean-up or help with the butterfly garden and/or by displaying your photos at the library.  Find us on FACEBOOK. We charge no dues. We are nature enthusiasts and activists. Please consider making a donation. We hope to see you soon!
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Above picture taken by Susan Hill. 7/2012.
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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.
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.
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September 29, 2017 Mike Ruscigno discovers the first American Bittern anyone has recorded off Lefante Walkway, South Cove Commons mall. These birds are very secretive and Mike took this video early in the morning as the sun rose and the tide went down.
Below is a Buckeye butterfly and a Painted Lady. Both were seen at Liberty State Park, Jersey City, NJ on October 6, 2017
Dickcissel, a singing male, was seen in the Ocean Terminal fields on June 23, 2017
A Snowy Owl visits the roof top of a house in Bayonne NJ.  We named her Eve because she came to roost in our town on Christmas Eve.  See the video by Mike Ruscigno left.
See video at left of Harbor Seals in NY Harbor seen from Bayonne Golf Course Walkway/Lefante Walk.
Video at left:  It is called a Rail, but is it a Clapper Rail or a King Rail? Seen off the big green bridge of Lefante Way, South Cove Commons Mall, Bayonne NJ. Spring 2018.
Video at left: This Whimbrel was seen walking the mud flats at Rutkowski Park on July 23, 2018.  So rare, we had to report it to ebird.  Video by Mike Ruscigno
At left, Tricolor Heron and Great Egrets seen at Liberty State Park.  Video by Mike Ruscigno.