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Mount Olive Trails Interactive Map

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Using the Backcountry Navigator app I was able to record tracks of local hiking trails on my smartphone and then export and add the data into a google places map.

This effort as part of the Mount Olive Open Space Committee will hopefully foster confidence and encourage access and use of the trail system.

While I consider the map complete, I’ll still continue to add trail descriptions, details and photographs as time allows.

 

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Foraging New Jersey – Late Summer Mushrooms!

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Despite sporadic rains the late summer mushroom harvest has been tremendously strong. I’ve been finding Hen of the Woods (Grifola frondosa) and Chicken of the Woods (Laetiporus sulphureus) in great quantity. Others species have also been abundant including Oysters (Pleurotus ostreatus), Ringless Honey Mushrooms (Armillaria tabescens), Aborted Entoloma (Entoloma abortivum), Bears Tooth (Hericium) and Cauliflower (Sparassis) mushrooms.  Each of these when properly identified and if found fresh can be a primary ingredient in many a delicious meal.

 

 

The Critter Camera – All Scavengers Invited

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The Critter Cam was setup by a group of middle-school age students during a Swamp Exploration-Wild About Wildlife program. The trail camera was positioned over the remains of a recently harvested and butchered white-tailed deer to catch the mix of scavengers that might take advantage of an easy winter treat and forest feast.

Within the first few days and nights the camera captured coyote, fox, red tail hawk, vulture, crow, red bellied woodpecker, blue jay and deer.

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Orienteering to Vernal Pools in Allamuchy State Park – NJ

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As part of Iz Turley’s Hardwoodsman challenge, I went out to practice my map & compass navigation skills. My destination was a few wetland habitats within Allamuchy State Park. The wetlands on the map appeared to be perfect locations  for vernal pools and the diversity of species that call them home.

Along the way I found Spring Peepers, Wood Frogs, Spotted Salamanders, Eastern Newts, Fairy Shrimp, Pileated Woodpecker, Wood ducks and much much more including a BEAR SKULL!!!

 

David Alexander is author of the Buzz Into Action & Hop Into Action Science Curricula.  He specializes in making nature accessible to people and wildlife.  You can follow him at www.natureintoaction.com

Best Wishes from Nature Into Action

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Happy Holidays!

Wigwam in Winter (11)

Warmest thoughts and best wishes

for a wonderful holiday and new year filled with outdoor fun!

Fall Family Festival at the Environmental Center

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Special events are wonderful opportunities to bring crowds of new visitors to the environmental center. With help from over 40 partners and vendors as well as many volunteers and event sponsors we hosted our 11th annual Fall Family Festival.  Below are just a few photographs that I managed to capture during a wonderfully busy event.

 

Dead Deer Decomposition – Bone Collection

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I often find deer skeletons while walking in the forest, most likely a result of car collisions. I collect the bones occasionally for simulated archaeological digs with students when studying Native Americans and dinosaur dig birthday parties with 4 year old kids who swear they found dinosaur bones. Some of you may collect skulls/bones for display, educational purposes or for primitive tool projects so out of curiosity for the decomposition process, this past spring I dragged a recently dead deer into a spot where some of my environmental science students/campers and I could make observations. Below are a few pictures of that process.

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