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Join the Bayonne Nature Club by coming to a bird walk or shoreline clean-up. No dues, just come when you can. We look forward to seeing you!   Find us on FaceBook at Bayonne Nature Club. That's where we share photos and talk about birds and nature. 

This page was last updated: July 1, 2024
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Here is the July, 2024 newsletter!


1. WEDNESDAY Bird Walks from 9:00 am to noon. Meet at the gate of Rutkowski Park down 48th St. near the restrooms of S. Gregg Hudson County Park. Bring your binoculars, we’ll bring the scope. RAIN CANCELS EVENT!

2. SUNDAY Bird Walks from 9:00 am to noon 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. RAIN CANCELS EVENT! 

3. SATURDAY: July 27, Shore Clean-upat  DiDomenico 16th Street Park 9:00 am to 11:00 am at. Meet at the boat launch. Look for the big green banner. Dress for dirty work, wear boots. Tools, garbage bags, snacks and water will be provided. We hope to see you there. 

Be sure to tell your friends! Join the Bayonne Nature Club by coming to a bird walk, shoreline clean-up or help with the butterfly garden, tree planting and/or by displaying your photos of Bayonne’s nature on our Facebook page.
We charge no dues. We are nature enthusiasts and activists.

--Pat and Mike
Co-founders of the Bayonne Nature Club
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Appreciating, protecting and improving urban nature sites
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 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.
A Snowy Owl visits the roof top of a house in Bayonne NJ in 2017.  We named her Eve because she came to roost in our town on Christmas Eve.  See the video by Mike Ruscigno left.  The Snowy Owl also visited Bayonne in 2021 in S. Gregg Hudson County Park. (Photo of owl on light fixture.)
August 17, 2018, Mike saw an adult Clapper Rail and chick playing in the pond below the big green bridge on Lefante Walk, South Cove Commons Mall, Bayonne Golf Course Walkway. Proof once again that clapper rails are nesting in the wildlife area along the walkway.

September 25, 2019: We were surprised to see American Avocets in Bayonne Inlet, off Lefante Way, South Cove Commons Mall, Rt 440. In all we saw 6 Avocets. They are not in breeding plumage since this is September.
Click below for more birding resources:

Bird Songs and Help with Identification: 
All About Birds

What Birders need to know:
Birding Ethics

Report the birds you've seen to help  document bird populations:
Bird-watching hotspots in Bayonne, New Jersey:

South Cove Commons - Lefante Walkway:  This walkway takes you out toward Robbins Reef.  In summer during low tide you will see sandpipers and plovers. Golden Plovers were seen here in 2008.  Osprey frequently fly overhead in September. It also has Clapper Rails.

Rutkowski Park - Great for viewing Egrets and Herons, Belted Kingfishers, Red-winged Blackbirds and Marsh Wrens.

Stephen Gregg Hudson County Park - Wood Warblers can be found in the trees on the bank between the ball fields and the upper forest area, especially near the pond.  The upper forest has Red-bellied Woodpeckers all year round and Baltimore Orioles in summer.

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