First Day Hikes

Posted by Friends EB EC on December 29, 2012 at 9:25 AM

Happy New Year from the Friends!

New Jersey State Parks Celebrate the New Year with First Day Hikes across the state on January 1, 2013.

Click here for information on guided hikes in NJ state parks and forests.

Thanks TJD for the info.

Looking for uniqe gifts?

Posted by Friends EB EC on December 9, 2012 at 10:30 AM

If you are looking for uniqe gifts this holiday season - check out the 'Friends' Cafe Press shop.

You will find one of a kind items for the special people you shop for. Shirts, hats, accesorries and more.

Show your appriciation for the Friends of the East Brunswick Environmental Commission.

Click here to connect to the Friends store.

What's new at Rutgers Gardens

Posted by Friends EB EC on December 5, 2012 at 2:55 PM

EB Transision Group event - Time Banking with Bruno Oriti

Posted by Friends EB EC on December 3, 2012 at 8:05 AM

Tuesday, December 4th, 7:00pm until 9:30pm

TBD--in East Brunsiwick

Please RSVP to Therlam@yahoo.com or on the https://www.facebook.com/events/178318568975651/" target="_blank">Facebook Event page. Seating is limited.

Attendees: Though not required, you may bring your laptop to make this an interactive event.

What if we realized that in spite of the news about the economy that we are as wealthy as we have ever been. Our skills, our services, our stuff are truly abundant and if we utilize a time currency based on equality as a means of sharing this abundance, how strong would our communities be? What if we realize that unemployment in the cash economy means we are able to be of service in the time economy? Or the outsourcing of a job to a land far away is an opportunity for re-sourcing our attention to our local economy?

hOurworld holds this vision as our call to action. We seek and are finding like minded hearts and minds to create this reality all across the country.

Frost Woods at night - new podcast from Encyclopedia of Life

Posted by Friends EB EC on November 30, 2012 at 10:55 AM

Frost Woods, one of East Brunswick's parks, is featured on a new Podcast from the Encyclopedia of Life's One Species at a time. Listen to sounds of Moth Night at the park and other National Moth Week events around the ocuntry.

Click here to listen to the podcast, click on 'extra' to read more about moths and moth nights and see photos. Click on meet the scientists (whom many of you already know).

A chance to win big and support the Friends - ends tomorrow!

Posted by Friends EB EC on November 29, 2012 at 7:40 AM

Provident Bank Commited To Share -

Provident Bank is offering New Jersey residents a chance to win big and support their favorite charities, too.

The bank is hosting its “Committed to Share” sweepstakes through Nov. 28 to give a financial boost to consumers and charities alike. Participants can enter for a chance to win one of three top cash prizes with a matching donation to a charity.

In addition, one winner will be selected each day at random to receive a $100 Provident Visa® Gift Card for themselves and a $100 donation to a charity of their choice.

NO PURCHASE OR ACCOUNT OPENING NECESSARY.

Fill out the online form (http/www.committedtoshare.com), choose 'The Friends of the East Brunswick Environmental Commission' as your charity.

Thank you!

Freecycling is canceled

Posted by Friends EB EC on November 13, 2012 at 8:40 PM

The Fall Freecycling event has been canceled, and will not be re-scheduled.

The next East Brunswick Freecycling event will be held in Spring 2013.

The Butterfly Park - The Year in Review

Posted by Friends EB EC on November 9, 2012 at 5:10 PM

A 2012 summary of 'The Butterfly Park - What's Flying" on the East Brunswick Patch.

Click here to read

http://eastbrunswick.patch.com/blog_posts/the-butterfly-park-the-year-in-review

Freecycling - canceled

Posted by Friends EB EC on October 26, 2012 at 9:20 PM

Due to the upcoming storm - Sunday's Freecycling event is canceled.

New Freecycling date will be published soon.

The 'Friends' recieve an award for Freecycling

Posted by Friends EB EC on October 20, 2012 at 11:00 AM

The 'Friends' received an Association of New Jersey Environmental Commissions (ANJEC ) 2012 Environmental Achievement Award for the Freecyle program. The award was presented to the ‘Friends’during the ANJEC 39th Annual Environmental Congress, on October 20th, 2012.

“The Friends group,a nonprofit organization that supports the work of the East Brunswick EnvironmentalCommission, started a FreeCycle program that resembles the nationwide initiative, but with added unique elements. A typical FreeCycle event invites residents to drop off unwanted items and to take home other people’s discarded treasures. While most FreeCycling events require people to take back any items not claimed, the East Brunswick group make arrangements with various charities and recyclers to accept what was left behind so that landfill impact was minimal. Over 1.000 people attended the first two events and claimed 90 to 95 percent of the items dropped off. About 58 tons were diverted from the landfills.”

The next FreeCycling event will be held on Sunday, October 28th, at the Crystal SpringsAquatic Center Parking Lot. Bring anything you don't need - kitchenware, clothes, furniture, sports equipment, furniture, toys, linen and blankets, tools, etc. Do not bring mattresses, televisioins, monitors, paints and any hazardous material. Drop-off and pick-up start at 9am. Items can be dropped off until 2pm, and items can be picked up until 3pm.

For more information logon to the Freecyling page at www.friendsebec.com.

EB Recycling on Twitter

Posted by Friends EB EC on October 17, 2012 at 7:00 AM

You can now get information, news and updates from the East Brunswick Recycling Center via Twitter. - follow @Ebrecycling.

Learn about Recycling in East Brusnwick - Recycling General Information.

Information on the Reclamation Center.

Insects come out at night

Posted by Friends EB EC on October 7, 2012 at 2:40 PM

'Friends' member Sandy Lanman invited her friend Jim Pack to a Moth Night at Butterfly Park last month. Mr. Peck wrote about it for the 'Home News Tribune'.

Click here to read the article.

An unidentified insect attracted to a white sheet at the 'moth night' sponsored by the Friends of East Brunswick Environmental Commission. / Photo courtesy of Jim Peck

12th Annual Bicycle Tour of the Lawrence Brook Watershed

Posted by Friends EB EC on October 6, 2012 at 8:50 PM

12th Annual Bicycle Tour of the Lawrence Brook Watershed

October 13th, 9AM, from LBWP HQ, 85 WashingtonAvenue, Milltown. Registration from 8:30AM. Helmets required. see flier [click here] for more details.

For other events with the Lawrence Brook Watershed Partnership - click here.

Youth Council - environmental event

Posted by Friends EB EC on October 4, 2012 at 9:25 PM

The East Brunswick Youth Council (EBYC) will host its first Environmental Education Day 10 a.m.-noon Oct. 7 in the Community Room at the East Brunswick Community Arts Center, 721 Cranbury Road. Participants will learn what EBYC is doing to help the environment and how others can make a difference by participating in some of the group’s recycling and fundraising programs.

Guest speaker Renu Jagasia, a Rutgers Master Gardener, will conduct a composting workshop, discuss the benefits of composting and offer information on the basic materials needed. Participants will have the opportunity to check out the solar oven made by an EBYC member, while learning about where solar cooking is needed and its benefits for the environment.

For more information, call 732-390-6797.

Monroe gears up for its biggest Green Fair yet

Posted by Friends EB EC on October 4, 2012 at 9:20 PM

MONROE — Eco-friendly vendors, environmentally friendly organizations, “freecycling,” a bicycle exchange and more are slated for the township’s third annual Green Fair.

The fair, co-sponsored by the Environmental Commission and the Monroe Township Public Library, is free to the public and is scheduled to start at 10 a.m. Oct. 6 at the Oak Tree School on Applegarth Road.

Read more

Birds of East Brunswick

Posted by Friends EB EC on September 27, 2012 at 7:30 AM

Ever wonder what's flying in East Brunswick? Check out "Project Noah" - 'Birds of East Brunswick' mission.

Post your own bird photos for others to enjoy, and to create a more complete list of birds in our town.

Project Noah is an award-winning software platform designed to help people reconnect with the natural world. The technology platform and community of members provide a powerful way for research groups to collect important ecological data. After you join Project Noah (by signing in through an existing online account – Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo, Google or AOL) you will be able to upload ‘spottings’ through the website or on a mobile device.

National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

Posted by Friends EB EC on September 25, 2012 at 5:35 PM

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has scheduled another National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day which will take place on Saturday, Septmber 29, 2012, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. This is a great opportunity for those who missed the previous events, or who have subsequently accumulated unwanted, unused prescription drugs, to safely dispose of those medications. The National Take Back Initiative Collection sites are located at the following Police Departments: South River (61 Main St., SR); Milltown (39 Washington Ave.); Spotswood (77 Summerhill Rd.); North Brunswick (710 Hermann Rd.); Monroe (3 Municipal Plaza); Old Bridge (1 Old Bridge Plaza). East Brunswick is not participating this time because we were selected to be the lead agency in the County to have a 24/7 drop box under Project Medicine Drop.

Get ready for Freecycling Day!

Posted by Friends EB EC on September 18, 2012 at 9:35 AM

Get ready for Freecycling! Join us on October 28th - Crystal Springs parking lot. Bring your unwanted items to be reused by someone who needs them, instead of sending them to the landfill.

Get items you need. FREE!

Drop off - 9:00am - 2:00pm.

Pick up - 9:00am - 3:00pm.

Click for more information and a list of items.

FREECYCLING is simply an opportunity to donate and recycle virtually anything by bringing it to the Crystal Springs parking lot. But that's only the half of it. The best part is that you can take away anything else you want that someone else left there. It's a big trading event and it's all FREE! It's a way for all of us to find something we need and keep as much stuff out of our landfill as possible in a fun way. We will have a vendor there who will take away household items that is remaining at the end of the day and will recycle it.

The last Moth Night of 2012

Posted by Friends EB EC on September 8, 2012 at 2:05 PM

Last night the Friends of the East Brunswick Environmental Commission held a "Back to School" moth night, the last of the season for us. We set up lights and sheet at the enterance to the woods of Butterfly Park and painted trees with moth bait. Close to 50 people, families and kids, showed up. Lots of different species of moths and other insects came to rest on the sheet and drink the sugary bait painted on the trees. The kids went on a night hike through the meadow with Dave and found crickets, monarch caterpillars and praying mantids. Thanks to everyone who came - it was fun!

Please check the website for more fun events with the Friends, and join our mailing list to get updates and notifications.

During the hike the kids found this Indigo Stem Borer (Papaipema baptisiae) resting beneath winged sumac

Back to School 'Moth Night'

Posted by Friends EB EC on September 5, 2012 at 9:40 PM

Join the 'Friends' at Butterfly Park for a 'Moth Night'.

Friday, September 7th, 8-11PM.

click for more information.

County to Spray for Mosquitos Tonight in Milltown and East Brunswick

Posted by Friends EB EC on August 15, 2012 at 5:45 PM

Asian Tiger Mosquito

The Middlesex County Mosquito commission will be spraying in the Milltown/East Brunswick area between 6:30 and 11:30 p.m. today (Wednesday, Aug. 15).

As part of Integrated Mosquito Management practice, the commission will be conducting truck mounted ULV (Ultra-low volume) spray operations to reduce the number of nuisance and vector mosquitoes in the specified areas.

A pyrethroid-based adulticide called Duet (sumethrin/prallethrin) will be used. If residents need further information, please contact your local health department.

NOTE: Spraying for adult mosquitoes will be done on streets on a limited and localized basis. The rain date is Thursday, Aug. 16.

Residents may choose to take the following PRECAUTIONS:

1. Avoid being directly in the line of spray during the application. This product will dissipate within 30 minutes of being applied.

2. Air conditioning units may be set to circulate internal air.

3. Fruits and vegetables from a garden should be washed before eating, the same as if they were purchased from a food store.

People with severe respiratory problems should heed items 1 and 2.

If residents wish further information, they can contact their local health department.

Note: Treatment time for a specific street is not possible. If the weather conditions are not ideal, the spraying will not be conducted.

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Related Topics:Mosquito Spraying and mosquito commission.

Pulished on the East Brusnwick Patch, 15 August 2012.

The Importance of Citizen Science

Posted by Friends EB EC on August 10, 2012 at 5:30 PM

A new species of lacewing from Malaysia is discovered by a citizen scientist who posted a photograph on Flikcer and an entomologist who saw it. Read more

Moth Night - Tonight! Fell house, Allendale NJ

Posted by Friends EB EC on August 9, 2012 at 1:40 PM

National Moth Week event at John Fell House in Allendale, New Jersey, was canceled last week due to the weather. It was re-scheduled and will be held on Thursday, August 9th at 8:30pm.

Join Jim Wright for the first ever Moth Week at the Fell House.

Information

Moth Night at the Fell House, Allendale, New Jersey

Posted by Friends EB EC on August 6, 2012 at 9:10 PM

National Moth Week event at John Fell House in Allendale, New Jersey, was canceled last week due to the weather. It was re-scheduled and will be held on Thursday, August 9th at 8:30pm.

Join Jim Wright for the first ever Moth Week at the Fell House.

Information

Moth Night at Duke Farms - Thursday, Aug. 2

Posted by Friends EB EC on August 1, 2012 at 7:20 PM

Strangers in the Night 8/2/2012 7:30 - 9:30PM

Moths are just one of the many insects that can be found in the extraordinary diversity of nighttime insects. Join us in celebrating National Moth Week by learning more about nighttime insects including moths. After a brief presentation on the importance of these insects we will head outside to identify as many as we can. There are more than 10,000 species of moths in North America alone. Come see how many you can identify! The results of our findings will be handed over to researchers as part of a worldwide survey of moth biodiversity.

Cost: $3 per person. Space is limited and advance registration is required.

More information

Moth Night tonight - Rutgers Gardens

Posted by Friends EB EC on July 28, 2012 at 8:50 AM

The Friends invite you to 'moth night' at Rutgers Gardens, Saturday, July 28, at 8:30pm.

This is the first ever 'moth night' at Rutgers Gardens and is National Moth Week event.

Join us to explore the nocturnal and seldom seen life around us. We use two methods to see what is flying in our parks; an extremely bright watt Entomology Mercury Vapor Light and a sweet fermented mixture painted on tree trunks. Read more

We will walk around the in the woods, so please wear comfortable shoes and bring a flashlight.

Please check the website for updates! If the weather forecast is not favorable we will reschedule.

The new Peterson Field Guide to Moths of North Eastern North America will be availble for purchase for a discount price of $25 (Regular price $29).

Please share this invitation frineds with your who are not Friends members.

Moth Night tonight

Posted by Friends EB EC on July 23, 2012 at 6:10 PM

Moth Night - today, 9pm, Elk Pines Woods, East Brunswick.

The park is easily accessible by parking in the large gravel parking lot at the end of the access road to the Elks Lodge (off a long narrow road from Hardenburg Lane, look for the Elks Sign). A sign near the corner of the parking lot notes the access point to the trailhead.

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National Moth Week Opening Night - 9pm today in East Brunswick

Posted by Friends EB EC on July 23, 2012 at 2:35 PM

For more information and directions click here.

National Moth Week - a global project with East Brusnwick roots

Posted by Friends EB EC on July 20, 2012 at 9:45 AM

This coming Monday July 23rd, The Friends of the East Brunswick Environmental Commission will be kicking offthe start of “National Moth Week” in none other than thebirth place of global mothing, East Brunswick, NJ.

Friends EBEC in conjunction with National Moth Week, invite you to celebrate the first night in a week ofNocturnal Biodiversity at Elk Pine Woods, starting at 9 p.m. Pleasejoin us in undertaking what might be the biggest Global Citizen Science Projectever attempted in the history of moth study.

We will be attracting moths &other entomology subjects to a white sheet using a Mercury Vapor Light, UVlighting & possibly fermented baitthat is painted on the trees. It will be dark, so make sure to check thebatteries in the flashlight and don’t forget to bring it. There will be no raindate for this event.

This small park is a real gem with its outstanding views of FarringtonLake, its truly peaceful feel and deep shade from towering White Pines, and thelikelihood of finding a Great Horned Owl or at least evidence of one and don’tforget the moths! So come on out and visit what Town Attorney MichaelBaker characterized as "the single most beautiful piece of property inEast Brunswick."

Directions to Elk Pine Woods:

The park is easily accessible by parking in the large gravel parking lotat the end of the access road to the Elks Lodge (off a long narrow road fromHardenburg Lane, look for the Elks Sign). A sign near the corner of the parkinglot notes the access point to the trailhead.

Other Moth Week Events

The FriendsEBEC will host a second National Moth Week event on Friday,July 27th, in Frost Woods. (Visit www.friendsebec.comfor more information).

To find other Moth Week events in NJ and around the world check out‘events’ page of National Moth Week website - www.nationalmothweek.org.

Mission Statement from National Moth Week.

“Why moths? With more than 10,000 species in North America alone, mothsoffer endless options for study, education, photography, and fun. Moths can befound everywhere from inner cities and suburban backyards, to the most wild andremote places. The diversity of moths is simply astounding. Their colors andpatterns range from bright and dazzling, to so cryptic that they definecamouflage. Moth shapes and sizes span the gamut, with some as small as apinhead and others as large as a hand. Most moths are nocturnal and need to besought at night to be seen, but others fly like butterflies during the day.Finding moths can be as simple as leaving a porch light on and checking itafter dark. Serious moth aficionados use special lights and baits to attractthem. Popular interest in moths is rapidly growing, as noted by recentpublications and web-based resources. The new Peterson Field Guide to the Mothsby David Beadle and Seabrooke Leckie, moth caterpillar guides by David Wagner,and a vast number of moth-oriented Internet resources such as the “MothPhotographers Group” and “BugGuide” are just some examples of moth’s growingpopularity. Moths are also featured widely in literature and art providing adifferent angle for enjoyment and study. “Moth Nights” are often held by naturegroups, and provide an opportunity for either an introduction to the creatures,or a venue for more serious pursuits.

National Moth Week brings together everyone interested in moths tocelebrate these amazing insects. This summer, groups and individuals from allthe across the country will spend some time during National Moth Week lookingfor moths and sharing what they’ve found. Getting involved during National MothWeek is easy: attend a National Moth Night event, start an event, join friendsand neighbors to check porch lights from time to time, set up a light and seewhat is in your own backyard, or read literature about moths, etc.

But no matter what, participate; the richness of moths is sure tofascinate.”

For more information on National Moth Week visit the site.

Moth Night - 8:30pm today! Dallenbach Lake

Posted by Friends EB EC on June 2, 2012 at 1:50 PM

Moth Night at Dallenback

Posted by Friends EB EC on May 29, 2012 at 9:55 AM

Saturday June 2, 2012 8:30 PM - 11:00 PM

The Friends of the East Brunswick Environmental Commission and National Moth Week invite you to the first Moth Night of 2012. Join us to explore the nocturnal and seldom seen life around us. We use two methods to see what is flying in our parks; an extremely bright 175 watt Entomology Mercury Vapor Light and a sweet fermented mixture painted on tree trunks. Read more

Meet at Dallenbach lake after 8:30PM.

We will walk around the in the woods, so please wear comfortable shoes and bring a flashlight.

Please check the website for updates! If the weather forecast is not favorable we will reschedule.

The new Peterson Field Guide to Moths of North Eastern North America will be availble for purchase for a discount price of $20 (Regular price $29).


View Dallenbach Lake, East Brunswick in a larger map

White Spring in Frost Woods

Posted by Friends EB EC on May 23, 2012 at 9:25 PM

The mountain laurel at Frost Woods is now in full bloom! Don't miss it. I stopped there on my way to work this morning, and enjoyed a walk among the beautiful white and green woods. Everything Dave Moskowitz wrote on his Patch blog last year is true today:

"This is probably the most beautiful place in East Brunswick right now. The blossoms are at their peak now and won't last for more than a week or two, so visit now if you can. Any trail is fine, the Mountain laurel is just about everywhere. There is a downloadable trail map and a description of the natural hsitory of Frost Woods on the friends website here". Read more

Frost woods, May 24, 2012. (Liti)

White Slant Moth on Mountain Laurel flowers / photo: Todd J. Dreyer

Moth Nights - Explore Night-time nature

Posted by Friends EB EC on May 21, 2012 at 7:40 AM

Spring is a great time to go out at night and look for moths. Moths are a diverse group flying insects, they are an important part of the eco-system, and many are as beautiful as their relatives, the butterflies. Seldom seen since they fly mostly at night, you can ovserve moths at Friends' Moth Nights taking place in East Brunswick parks, and at other moth parties in the area.

Saturday May 26, 2012 8:30 PM - 9:30 PM- Planisboro Preserve is hosting a MOTH BALL. The Preserve has a diversity of habitats that are perfect for moths. Specialized lighting equipment will be used to attract them. Click for more information

Saturday, June 2, 8:30PM -11:00PM - The Friends invite you to the first Moth Night of 2012. Meet us at Dallenback Lake [map], behind the Youth Center. We will use several methods to see what is flying; an extremely bright 175 watt Entomology Mercury Vapor Light, UV or black light and a sweet fermented mixture painted on tree trunks.

We will walk around the in the woods, so please wear comfortable shoes and bring a flashlight. Please check the website for updates! If the weather forecast is not favorable we will reschedule.

See photos from past Moth Nights on the Friends' Gallery page.

Photo: Todd J. Dreyer

Soil and Soil Science for Community and Home Gardens

Posted by Friends EB EC on May 14, 2012 at 9:15 PM

Join us for a Green Option presentation on Tuesday May 15, 2012 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

East Brunswick Public Library

Dr. Stephanie Murphy, Director, Rutgers Soil Testing Laboratory Rutgers University, will talk about the impotace of good soil for growing a successful garden.

Free and open to all.

Moth Night with Seabrooke Leckie and Friends

Posted by Friends EB EC on May 11, 2012 at 11:20 PM

On Thursday night, the Friendsof the East Brunswick Environmental Commission (www.friendsebec.com)welcomed Seabrooke Leckie to the East Brunswick Cultural Arts Center as part ofher east coast book tour. Seabrooke is the co-author of the amazing newPeterson Field Guide to the Moths of Eastern North America and this was heronly book tour stop in New Jersey. The Moth Field Guide has been long-awaitedand is certain to be a major force in generating a long-overdue interest inmoths. In the past century there have really only been four major field guidesto the moths of the eastern United States and the new Peterson Field Guide is avast improvement upon all of them. It belongs on the bookshelf of anyoneinterested in moths or nature.

The evening began with an interesting presentation on moths by Seabrooke,followed by a book signing and then Seabrooke co-hosted a moth night event withthe Friends in the wildflower meadow behind the Cultural Arts Center. Therewere a variety of moth light setups to attract moths including Mercury Vaporand Ultraviolet blacklights. Despite the unseasonably cold temperatures, quitea few interesting moths flew into the light setups for everyone to see.Seabrooke identified each moth that was attracted to the lights and their wereample opportunities to photograph the moths as well. People came from near andfar for the event, including from Sussex and Bergen Counties. It was a specialnight and highly enjoyable.

Seabrooke is a co-sponsor of National Moth Week (www.nationalmothweek.org).National Moth Week was started by the Friends as an off-shoot of our highlysuccessful and award-winning local moth night events that we've been runningfor the past 6 years. National Moth Week now has more than 150 locations andevents in 31 states and six countries. The National Moth Week website is filledwith information about moth week events and moths. Consider participating inNational Moth Week this summer (July 23-29) and discover the incredible worldof moths. Also, join the Friends for our regular moth nights in our local parksduring the summer. Details and dates are on the Friends website at www.friendsebec.com.

Moths photo credit: Todd J. Dreyer

Moth Night tonight

Posted by Friends EB EC on May 10, 2012 at 8:40 AM

Moth Night with Seabrooke Leckie - co-author of the New Peterson Field Guide to Moths of Northeastern North America, tonight at 8pm, at the EB Cultural Arts Center. This will be Seabrooke's only stop in NJ during her book tour.

click for more information

A presentation will be followed by outdoor moth watching. The weather looks good for mothing!

The field guide will be availble for purchase at a discounted price. Cash and checks only (make checks to: Friends EBEC).

May events at the Earth Center

Posted by Friends EB EC on May 3, 2012 at 7:50 AM

Rutgers CooperativeExtension of Middlesex County

May 2012- Calendar of Events

Unless otherwise noted, thefollowing events take place at the

EARTH Center, in Davidson’s Mill Pond Park 42 Riva Ave. North Brunswick, NJ.

For more info on any programcontact 732-398-5262.

Get Your Garden StartedDay & Plant Sale

This Sat., May5 10 - 4 PM CelebrateNational Herb Day

Consult with Master Gardeners, take home fact sheets.

Plants for sale include; heirloom tomatoes, perennials &annuals,

flowering vines, ornamental grasses; culinary herbs& vegetables for your garden.

Don’t forget you plant wagon. See you at the EARTH Center,in Davidson’s Mill Pond Park

42 Riva Ave. North Brunswick,NJ.

AttractingBird & Butterflies to Your Yard

Wed., May 9, 6:30 PM

Learn plants & features to make your yard a haven forwinged wildlife.

cost $20 register by May 7 at 732-398-5262

Master Gardeners Day atGiamarese Farm

Sat., May 12 10 am-2 pm 155Fresh Ponds Road, East Brunswick, New Jersey 08816

The Master Gardeners will answer questionsand provide fact sheets.

There will be lectures at 11am and Noon..

Freecycling event was a great success!

Posted by Friends EB EC on April 30, 2012 at 10:10 PM

Yesterday’s Freecycle event was an incredible success! From the moment we opened at 8am until we closed at 3pm there was a constant stream of cars and people and stuff coming in and being exchanged and kept out of our landfill. Although we don’t have an estimate yet for yesterday, we are certain we exceeded the 29 tons we rescued from the landfill last year.

Many thanks are due to everyone that helped make this second Freecycling event such a success! Thanks to the Youth Council volunteers who helped throughout the day, Thanks to Friends’ members who came to help during the day. Special thanks to Raviv Mor (R.Mor enterprises)for keeping things organized during the event and picking up all that was leftover at the end of day, most of it to be recycled.

With the success once again ofthe event, we are planning on making this a regular program twice a year, once in the spring and then again in the fall. Look forward to seeing everybodynext time.

If you are not a Friends member – register and you will getnotification via email.

Here aresome of your comments:

“We enjoyedSunday’s event. … it was a great day to be out doing something positivefor our environment. Thank you for the event and all the volunteers.”

“I just wanted to "applaud" the Freecycle event. It was my first Freecycle event ever and I didn'tknow what to expect. I managed to gather lots together and made two tripsover to donate. I was thrilled to see people walking away with stuff Ibrought. What a great concept: FREECYCLE. “

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If you have large items that can be recycled (appliances, yard equipment, cars, etc.) - contact R.MOR to arrange a pickup: 1-877-RUBISH2 or throught their website http://www.rmorjunk.com/contact.html.

Butterfly Park update

Posted by Friends EB EC on April 21, 2012 at 5:50 PM

Many thanks to all the volunteers who helped at the Butterfly Park this morning. Thanks toall of you, the park looks beautiful! There are still a few beds that need weeding and mulching, so expect anemail with a date and a time for another work day.

Pictures from the work day on the Friends Gallery workday album.

Freecycling

Posted by Friends EB EC on April 21, 2012 at 2:15 PM

Freecycling event next sunday. Bring stuff... find stuff... meet your friends.... enjoy morning snacks, drinks and hotdogs...

You can bring almost anything - clothes, shoes, kitchen items, tools, toys, furniture.... but please no televisions, computer monitors, paint or any hazardous materials.

Click here for a complete list of items you can bring or find.

Work Day at Butterfly Park

Posted by Friends EB EC on April 20, 2012 at 10:35 AM

Join us tomorrow, Saturday April 21, at Butterfly Park, for weeding and mulching. 8:20-11am.

Butterfly Park is celebrating its 10th year in 2012 and has been maintned beartiful by volounteers all those years.

Shred Your Documents at the Recycling Center Saturday

Posted by Friends EB EC on April 20, 2012 at 10:30 AM

East Brunswick is sponsoring a shred event at trhe Recycling Center Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Identification will be required.

Read more

Xi Xi Chapter Community Service at the Butterfly Park

Posted by Friends EB EC on April 18, 2012 at 10:55 AM

I just stumbled on this post. I'm disappointed I wasnt able to post it here sooner, but better late than never. This group was amazing and really helped to make the park look great!

Butterfly Park Service - Dara Monasch

This summer, the Sisters of the Xi Xi Chapter were determined to make a difference in the local community of one of their members, andeventually decided on the hometown of Soror Dara Monasch. Along withseveral friends, the Sisters got together and contacted the localbutterfly park in East Brunswick, NJ, to ask if the park had anyimmediate needs. It was discovered that the entire butterfly park ismaintained solely by the goodwill of Dave Moskowitz and his wife, andthe dedication of any volunteers they can wrangle.

After discovering this, the Sisters and their friends were determined to help and on August 20th, they were able to make this desire into a reality. The Sisters met with Dave and his wife andspent two hours weeding, planting, and gardening to help beautify thepark. The group had a great time completing this project and looksforward to coming back in the future and helping the park again, andhas hopes to increase their level of volunteerism by donating a benchand decorations to the park in the Spring of 2012. Did you miss out on this exciting event? Don’t miss any more! Contact our Membership Officer at membership@thetanujersey.org to find out how you can take part.

Check out the link and photos too: http://thetanujersey.org/blog/?p=65

Freecycling!

Posted by Friends EB EC on April 6, 2012 at 3:10 PM

FREECYCLING

April 29, 8am-3pm

Crystal Springs Parking Lot

Bring your unwanted items to be reused by someone who needs them, instead of sending them to the landfill.

Get items you need. FREE!

FREECYCLING is simply an opportunity to donate and recycle virtually anything by bringing it to the Crystal Springs parking lot. But that's only the half of it. The best part is that you can take away anything else you want that someone else left there. It's a big trading event and it's all FREE! It's a way for all of us to find something we need and keep as much stuff out of our landfill as possible in a fun way. We will have a vendor there who will take away anything that is remaining at the end of the day and will recycle it. A portion of the profits from his recycling effort will be donated to the Friends of the East Brunswick Environmental Commission.

Click here for information and a list of items

Butterfly Park Work Day - Thanks to all the volunteers

Posted by Friends EB EC on April 1, 2012 at 6:10 PM

Many thanks to the volunteers that helped weed and mulch the beds at Butterfly Park on Saturday, March 31st.

We continued the work we started last week... more beds are looking beautiful!

We got a lot done, but Its a huge amount of work and there is still lots to do. Join us next time!

Discover Life - Spring Natural History Survey

Posted by Friends EB EC on March 31, 2012 at 11:40 PM

On 20-21 April, 2012, we invite you to join Discover Life and help collect data on species and their interactions.

This spring survey is a stepping-stone towards building a permanent network of study sites to monitor target groups of organisms around the world.

We invite teachers, students and the general public to help scientists survey study sites around the world. Participants will use digital cameras and standard research protocols to collect high-quality data on ants, bees, moths, wildflowers and other groups. By also conducting a Fall Natural History Survey, our collective results will enable us to compare the diversity and seasonality of species across sites and better understand the impacts of climate, pollution, urbanization and invasive species on ecological communities.

This event is open to everyone. If you would liketo help organize study sites, refine research protocols, train participants, or collectdata at a site, please contact us. We will post details here as they become available.Organizers include Discover Life, Encyclopedia of Life, Nature Research Center and otherpartners.

For more information click here.

Butterrfly Park, Saturday 2-4 - New time!

Posted by Friends EB EC on March 30, 2012 at 5:30 PM

Note change of time for the workday due to the rain in the forecast for Saturday morning.

Join on Saturday (3/31/12) at Butterfly Park to finish what we started...

mulching, weeding and general spring cleaning!

Butterfly Park work day

Saturday, March 31, 2-4pm

News and events from the earth Center

Posted by Friends EB EC on March 28, 2012 at 10:30 PM

Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Middlesex County

April 2012

Calendar of Events

We are now on Facebook. Search “Earth Center of Middlesex County” then “LikeUs”.

Unless otherwise noted the following events take place at the EARTHCenter, in Davidson’s Mill Pond Park, 42 Riva Ave. North Brunswick, NJ.For more info on any program contact 732-398-5262.

This month’s offerings are as follows.

Vermi-CompostingWorkshop Wed. April 4, 6:30 - 8:30 pm

Don’thave a backyard, but would like to compost?

Let the wormsdo the work.

Free! Register at 732-745-4170

Builda Rain Barrel Workshop, Wed. April 18, 6:30 pm

$45/personpayment required one week in advance of workshop.

Nopayment accepted at the door. Call 732-398-5273 to register.

3 Sisters & Square Foot Garden Workshop Sat. April21, 1-3 pm

Discover these time-tested garden techniques.

$20 program fee. Taught by Rutgers MasterGardener Juanell Boyd.

Master Gardeners Plant Sale as part of RUTGERS Day, April 28 9am– 3pm

Rutgers CookCollege, Find us near the Marine Science Building

Builda Rain Barrel Workshop, Wed. May 2 - 6:30 pm

$45/personpayment required one week in advance of workshop.

Nopayment accepted at the door. Call 732-398-5273 to register.

GardenSeason Kick-Off & Plant Sale Sat., May 5, 10am- 5pm

Come meet ourMaster Gardeners and Ag Agent.

Get greatadvice from these experts and celebrate National Herb Day

With a hugeselection of quality starter plants.

Bring yourplant wagon.!

4-HClothing Drive at the 4-H Center

645Cranbury Rd., East Brunswick

Dropoff donations on April 4, 5, 12, 18, & 19 7-9 PM

Participantsshould bring used clothing, shoes, handbags,

stuffedanimals and linens packed in sturdy plastic trash bags.

Allproceeds to benefit Middlesex Count 4-H Program

For moreinformation call the 4-H office at 732 398 5261.

Rutgers CooperativeExtension, a unit of the Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station

is an equalopportunity program provider and employer.

Butterfly Park work day Saturday, March 31

Posted by Friends EB EC on March 27, 2012 at 9:50 PM

Join us next saturday at Butterfly Park to finish what we started...

mulching, weeding and general spring cleaning!

Butterfly Park work day

Saturday, March 31, 9-11AM

Butterfly Park - first spring work day

Posted by Friends EB EC on March 25, 2012 at 10:35 PM

Many thanks to the volunteers that helped weed and mulch the beds at Butterfly Park on Saturday, March 24th. We got a lot done, but Its a huge amount of work and there is still lots to do. Join us next time!

photo credit: Todd J.

Friends President awarded a Boggie

Posted by Friends EB EC on March 25, 2012 at 9:40 AM

Congratulation to Dave Moskowitz, President of the Friends of the EB Environmental Commission, EB Environmental Commission longtime member and co-founder of National Moth Week for winning a Boogie, a.k.a. ‘NJ Green Award’.

The awards are named after the once abundant Bog turtle,which is now among 16 indigenous animals on the NJ endangered species list.

Honorees may have brought attention to a problem,pursued solutions, or inspired action. Honorees should have demonstrated thatwe can indeed “Save the Planet, One Person at a Time”.

Green State Award to the Friends

Posted by Friends EB EC on March 24, 2012 at 1:05 PM
Honorable Mention
Environmental Non-Profit
2012
Friends of East Brunswick Environmental Commission

Butterrly Park - Work Day, March 24, 2-4PM

Posted by Friends EB EC on March 19, 2012 at 3:00 PM

Join us next saturday to help with mulching, weeding and spring cleaning!

Butterfly Park work day - Saturday, March 24, 2 - 4PM

information

Conserve Wildlife: Keep Your Distance - Respect Signage to Protect Bald Eagle Nests

Posted by Friends EB EC on March 18, 2012 at 11:55 AM

The recovery of New Jersey’s bald eagle population is a great success story for the state and for the many biologists, conservationists and volunteers involved in the effort. This recovery has been over 20 years in the making with over 100 pairs now breeding in New Jersey, a huge increase from the late eighties when one pair remained in our state. While we celebrate the success of our eagle population, we must now begin to deal with the fact that eagle nests are increasingly located in places where more people can view them and get close to these magnificent birds and who wouldn’t want to observe these iconic species? Read more

See you at the marekt!

Posted by Friends EB EC on March 10, 2012 at 7:45 AM

Something local for everyone at today's Farmers market in East Brunswick.

10-2 at the Cultural Arts Center.

732 cranbury road, East Brunswick

Enjoy fresh coffee and snacks.... Live music all day... Stop by the Friends table to say Hi....

Information on vendors

The Friends is Seeking a New Board Member

Posted by Friends EB EC on March 9, 2012 at 5:00 PM

The Friends of the East Brunswick Environmental Commission is looking for a new Board member! The Friends is a 501C3 Not-For-Profit organization dedicated to local conservation and environmental education. If you are interested in helping us bring innovative free environmental programs to our town please let us know. Email us at friends.ebec@gmail.com.

A background in environmental science is not required, but a passion for the outdoors and environmental issues is. Board members must also be East Brunswick residents. Our programs have won many awards and received a great deal of media attention that have helped raise local environmental awareness in a fun and interactive way. The current Board is a cross-section of interests and backgrounds. We are looking for someone to help us with our ongoing projects and to assist in developing new and exciting environmental programs.

Our ongoing programs include:

East Brunswick Community Garden

Moth Nights

Annual Salamander Migration Protection Plan

Freecycling

Butterfly Park

Option Green Lecture Series

Green Living Group

Friends Website

Online Park, Backyard Bird and Butterfly Field Guides

Great Backyard Bird Count and Big Day Birding

Boy Scout Eagle and Girl Scout Gold Award Mentoring

Winter Farmers Market

And much more...

More information on all our projects can be found at www.friendsebec.com.

We have been spammed!

Posted by Friends EB EC on March 3, 2012 at 1:30 PM

Yes, we have been spammed! And that's good news... in a way.

It means that it has been noticed that many many people read the Friends' News Blog, and it is a worthwhile site to hack and post annoying silly advertising on. The female from China who posted the shoes and clothing ads will not do it again. I changed the settings on the blog, and hopefully no one will be able to spam us this way again.

Thank you to those who wrote to us to let us know we've been hacked, even before I noticed it.

Liti

Pink Ladybugs. Nothing to do with the blog post, but they are very cute.

Beekman the salamander

Posted by Friends EB EC on March 1, 2012 at 9:40 PM

A young male salamander was a guest at the Vernal Pool presentation, an Option Green event that took place on March 1st at the Cultural Arts Center. What's a good name for a spotted salamander who lives on Beekman road? It was not easy to chose the best name from the list of name suggested by the salamander's friends in East Brunswick.

Some of the names suggested were: Neon, Sally Joe, Spot, Swimmer, Dottie, Flying Alpacka, Mr. Sanders, Squiggles, Stanley, Beakman & Scaly Sally.

After consuling with Crinkleroot, our salamander spokesman, we chose the name Beekman, suggested by Mrs. Peterson's 5th grade students at Lawrence Brook School. After the presentation and naming ceremony, Beekman had a fun time playing with his new friends. Tomorrow evening Beekman will be taken back to his home at the Beekman Road vernal pool where he can be together with his relatives and friends in his natural environment.


Save Our Salamanders

Posted by Friends EB EC on February 27, 2012 at 10:00 PM

Option Green - Save Our Salamanders! The Story of East Brunswick's Vernal Pools

Thursday March 1, 2012 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

721 Cranbury Rd, East Brunswick, NJ 08816 [information]

Everyone will have a chance to see a young salamander from Beekman Road vernal pool. Suggest a name for the salamander!

Dave Moskowitz will give a presentation about East Brunswick's vernal pools and spotted salamander migration. These pools are thelast place in town where spotted salamanders are known to still occur.Unfortunately their habitat is split by Beekman Road and they need to cross iteach spring to reach the vernal pools in order to breed. The East Brunswick Environmental Commission has been protecting these salamanders and otheramphibians for the past 8 years by closing the road during the migration. This work has led to numerous awards and media attention. More importantly it hasprotected the salamanders reducing the high automobile mortality that wasoccurring to nearly zero. Join Dave Moskowitz and The Friends for an interactive presentation on the vernal pools, spotted salamanders, frogs andmore. Come see why these protection efforts are so important and hear calls ofthe frogs found in the pools. This talk will be a great introduction to theannual salamander migration that is right around the corner.

Who is Your Farmer and Why?

Posted by Friends EB EC on February 26, 2012 at 9:05 AM

Join the East Brunswick Green Libing group, and Dr. Joseph Heckman for a discusson on "Who is your farmer?"

Dr. Joseph Heckman, Ph.D. is a Professor of Soil Science at Rutgers University. Working with Rutgers Cooperative Extension, Dr. Heckman’s programs support healthy plant and animal ecosystems with the goal of establishing nutritious food systems for human health and sustainable communities.

The meeting is FREE and open to all.

Refreshments will be served. Please bring a mug.

Location:

East Brunswick Public Library

Meeting Room 1

2 Jean Walling Civic Center East Brunswick, NJ 08816-3529


Beekman Road will be closed today

Posted by Friends EB EC on February 24, 2012 at 4:05 PM

Beekman Road will be closed today for amphibian migration.

More information on the Salamander page.

If you come out at night, please be aware that Church Lane is very dark and cars move at fast speeds. Use extreme caution when parking or crossing the road and especially be watchful of your children. If you come to the road, EVERYONE should have a flashlight. It will help see things in the dark, make the night much more fun and prevent accidentally stepping on a salamander or spring peeper.

Great Backyard Bird Count - East Brunswick Was First Among All NJ Towns!

Posted by Friends EB EC on February 21, 2012 at 6:35 PM

For the second year in a row, East Brunswick residents submitted more checklists than any other town in New Jersey. This year, 381 towns participated in the Great Backyard Bird Count Citizen Science project and East Brunswick was Number 1 among all of them. We also were third in the overall number of species found (59) and observed a whopping 28,098 individual birds!

This year also featured participation by all of the students in the East Brunswick High School AP Environmental Science class!

A list of all the birds found this year in East Brunswick can be found at http://gbbc.birdsource.org/gbbcApps/report?cmd=showReport&reportName=CitySummary&city=East%20Brunswick&state=US-NJ&year=2012.

Some highlights from this year included loads of waterfowl on Farrington Lake and Duhernal Lake (Northern Pintail, Ruddy Duck, Ring-necked Duck, Green-Winged Teal, Mallard, American Black Duck, Greater Scaup, Hooded and Red-Breasted Mergansers, Mute Swan, Brant, Bufflehead and Pied-Billed Grebe).

The open water also seems to have allowed other species to be around that aren't often seen in a typical February when our lakes and ponds are usually frozen like Belted Kingfisher, Killdeer and Great Blue Heron.

The raptors were also well-represented with Red Tailed Hawks, Coopers Hawks, Sharp-Shinned Hawks, Northern Harrier and Great Horned Owl all found by counters around town.

Two of our birds that have made an amazing comeback and would have been unlikely to show up on a count only a few years ago were also found in town. These are the Bald Eagle and the Wild Turkey, both stunning examples of excellent wildlife management programs. 2 Bald Eagles and 11 Wild Turkey were found by counters this year.

There were also three species of woodpeckers found (Downy, Flicker and Red-Bellied) and seven species of sparrows (White-Throated, White-Crowned, House, Song, Field and American Tree).

On behalf of the Friends of the East Brunswick Environmental Commission, a huge Kudos to everyone that participated this year and helped catalogue our bird fauna. The Great Backyard Bird Count is Citizen Science at its best. The vast amount of data generated across the country will help ornithologists and resource managers understand a great deal about the status of our birds in the United States. The contributions of our own East Brunswick Citizen Scientists are no less meaningful. It is only through the creation of a huge database over many years and in a vast number of places that the individual pieces of the puzzle will make sense and a picture of what is occurring will emerge.

Don't let the end of the Great Backyard Bird Count weekend spell the end of looking for birds. Just the opposite, use it as a catalyst to keep looking around town for birds. Let us know what you find and please share any interesting observations and photographs with us. Friends members can also directly upload photos to the website at www.friendsebec.com.

The Online Guide to Backyard Birds will continue to be available on the Friends website to help with identification and we will work to expand the Guide from time to time. Each entry features a photo and a link to more information about the species. The Guide can be found at http://www.friendsebec.com/ebbackyardbirds.htm.

Published on the EB Patch, 21 February, 2012

Great Bakcyard Bird Count - East Brunswick is #1 in NJ!

Posted by Friends EB EC on February 19, 2012 at 12:45 PM

As of this morning, EastBrunswick is #1 in the number of checklists submitted for all towns in theentire state in the Great Backyard Bird Count. So far, East Brunswick residentshave counted more than 13,000 individual birds of 40 species. The GreatBackyard Bird Count is FREE, FUN and takes only 15 minutes. Help the Friends ofthe East Brunswick Environmental Commission find out what birds are around ourtown and be a Citizen Scientist for the weekend. There are still two days leftto participate. Information is on the Front Page of the Friends website at www.friendsebec.com The Friends have also created an easy to use photo-based guide to all of thebirds likely to be found in your backyard, so no birding experience isnecessary at all. The Guide is at: http://www.friendsebec.com/ebbackyardbirds.htmLet's all continue to show the rest of the State why East Brunswick is always aleader in environmental issues and local conservation!

The Great Backyard Bird Count is for kids!

Posted by Friends EB EC on February 17, 2012 at 10:00 PM

The Great Backyard Bird Count (or GBBC) takes place over four daysin February each year.

The 2012 Backyard Bird count is this weekend!

It's very easy!Watch and count birds in your yard, a nearby park, or maybe atyour school. Report what you saw by entering your bird list online.

By doing this, we learn what kind of birds are being seen in thewinter and whether there are more or fewer of them than before. Learn more about how to participate.

You'll have more fun if you learn more about birds. Trysome of the games below and acitvities on this page!

Read more on the GBBC page

Community Garden plots availble for new gardeners

Posted by Friends EB EC on February 11, 2012 at 11:15 PM

A limited number of plots availble for new gardenrs.

Open to all East Brusnwick residents, only $10 for the growing season. One plot per houshold.

More information ont he Garden's webstie. Click here.

The Great Backyard Bird Count - Be a Citizen Scientist

Posted by Friends EB EC on February 11, 2012 at 10:30 AM

Next weekend (February 17-20) is the Great Backyard Bird Count (http://www.birdsource.org/gbbc/). It is an awesome opportunity for anyone interested in birds, even with only a causal interest, to participate in a real science project and to be a Citizen Scientist for the weekend. This will be the 15th year the count is being run. For many years the East Brunswick Environmental Commission and the Friends of the Commission have been promoting this event. The goal of the event is to spotlight birds around the country and to gather large-scale data for broad trends analysis. By looking at the data submitted by Citizen Scientists across the country over a period of years and through complex statistical analyses that are way beyond my understanding, this information can help ornithologists determine all kinds of things about birds including changes in population dynamics and distribution.

Counting the birds is also fun. Grab a cup of coffee and sit by the window watching a feeder, do it with the kids, take a walk in a park and note what you see, use the Friends Online Guide to local parks to find some cool and out of the way place to explore (http://www.friendsebec.com/ebparks.htm). The count options are really unlimited.

This year to help with bird identification, the Friends have developed an easy to use Online Field Guide to common Backyard Birds (http://www.friendsebec.com/ebbackyardbirds.htm). The Guide features photos of each bird. Simply click a picture for a link to more information. We hope to have the majority of birds likely to be seen at a bird feeder and around (or over) a yard in East Brunswick available by next weekend.

Here is some information about the event from the GBBC website:

What is the Great Backyard Bird Count?

The Great Backyard Bird Count is an annual four-day event that engages bird watchers of all ages in counting birds to create a real-time snapshot of where the birds are across the continent. Anyone can participate, from beginning bird watchers to experts. It takes as little as 15 minutes on one day, or you can count for as long as you like each day of the event. It’s free, fun, and easy—and it helps the birds. Participants count birds anywhere for as little or as long as they wish during the four-day period. They tally the highest number of birds of each species seen together at any one time. To report their counts, they fill out an online checklist at the Great Backyard Bird Count website.

How to Participate?

It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3!

1. Plan to count birds for at least 15 minutes on one or more days of the count. You can count for longer than that if you wish! Count birds in as many places and on as many days as you like—one day, two days, or all four days. Submit a separate checklist for each new day. You can also submit more than one checklist per day if you count in other locations on that day.

2. Count the greatest number of individuals of each species that you see together at any one time. You may find it helpful to print out your regional bird checklist to get an idea of the kinds of birds you're likely to see in your area in February. You could take note of the highest number of each species you see on this checklist.

3. When you're finished, enter your results through our web page. You'll see a button marked "Enter Your Checklists!" on the website home page beginning on the first day of the count. It will remain active until the deadline for data submission. (We'll let you know when that is for 2012.)

Published on the EB Patch, 11 feb, 2012

If you missed a Friends' event...

Posted by Friends EB EC on February 8, 2012 at 9:55 PM

If you missed any of our events (don't you wish you could be in two places at the same time?) you can find out what you missed on our website.

Information on two recetn event is now availble -

Energy Efficincy, the Whole House Approach, was presented by Dave Mayer from General Heating and Cooling, an East Bruswncik company. The presentation was an event of the Green Living group and took place at the Library on January 23rd. To see some of the slides and information that was discussed at the meeting please click ebgreenbookclub.blogspot.com/.

Option Green event on February 2nd was a 'wild' event. David Wheeler, author of the new book "Wild New Jersey" presented his book and talked about New Jersey's wild places and wild. See short videos from the presetnion by clicking here.

Photography Contest Winners Announced

Posted by Friends EB EC on February 7, 2012 at 7:50 AM

The winners of the 2011 Beautiful East Brunswick Photography Contest have been unveiled.

In the Youth Category, Kaity Emerson took first for her piece titled “Even the Weeds of East Brunswick Look Beautiful!” and Sajal Duppatla took second with for a photo of a hawk that had landed on his family’s deck.

In the Adult Category, Thomas Maugham took first for “Reflection at Dallenbach,” and David Fried for a photo of a red-bellied woodpecker.

Thomas Maugham “Reflection at Dallenbach,”

Sponsored by the Friends of the East Brunswick Environmental Commission, the four winners were selected from almost 50 entries. On Monday, the winners received a proclamation from the East Brunswick Township Council. The first and second place winning photographs in the youth and adult categories will be on display at the East Brunswick Public Library throughout February.

Commission member David Moskowitz said the 2012 contest begins this week, with the deadline being in November.

For more information, visit www.friendsebec.com/beautifuleb.

Click HERE to see all of this year's submissions.

Published on the EB Patch 7 Feb, 2012.

Ever Seen A Spotted Salamander?

Posted by Friends EB EC on February 2, 2012 at 9:55 AM

Tonight at the Community Arts Center at 7 p.m., the Friends of the East Brunswick Environmental Commission and the East Brunswick Library are hosting a free talk with the acclaimed nature writer, Dave Wheeler. Dave is the author of Wild New Jersey - Nature Adventures in the Garden State and the founder of the amazing nature-oriented website, Wild New Jersey. Dave will also have his book available and will be signing copies. We also have a big adult salamander for everyone to see tonight.

2012 Salamander Migration Update #1

For the past 8 years, the Friends and the Environmental Commission have been protecting what we believe is one of the last remaining and the largest populations of spotted salamanders in East Brunswick. (We have since discovered two other small populations that actually may have been fed by an expansion of the ones we are protecting). Our work has received numerous awards and recognition and a vast amount of media coverage including in the New York Times and even on a radio station in Australia! Since the annual migration is highly dependent on weather and the timing can vary significantly from year to year, we post regular updates on the Friends website with our thoughts and predictions. Normally we start these sometime in late February or early March, but this is the first of 2012 owing to the very unusual and mild winter we are having this year. We encourage everyone interested in the salamander migration to follow the updates. It is a great way to understand the vagaries of nature and also to see the thought process that goes into field biology. We often close the road at a moments notice and it is the best way to know what we expect to happen and if the road will be closed or not. Joining the Friends is the best way to get up to the minute information on road closing. It is FREE and only takes a minute on the website to join www.freewebs.com/friendsebec/jointhefriends.htm.

On rainy nights in March and April we close Beekman Road so that the spotted salamanders (and frogs) can safely cross to the vernal pools they breed in. Unfortunately, Beekman Road divides their habitat and for many of the individuals in the population they must cross the road to get to the vernal pools. Prior to the road closings, there was literally a huge slaughter of salamanders and frogs by cars unknowingly crushing them. If you have never come out on a rainy raw late winter or early spring night to see the salamanders cross, you simply must try to get there. Seeing your first spotted salamander cross the road is just unforgettable.

As everyone knows, this winter has been incredibly mild. Yesterday I was poking around the vernal pools and to my incredible surprise found a number of spotted salamanders. This is at least a month earlier that I can ever recall and seems very consistent with the unusual winter we have been having. We have a big adult salamander for everyone to see tonight. If you have never had an opportunity to see one of these beautiful black salamanders with yellow spots, tonight is your chance! The one we have is about 5 inches long. Spotted salamanders can live up to 30 years. The salamander will be returned to the wild tonight after the talk.

I'm not exactly sure what finding the salamanders yesterday means in terms of the annual migration to the vernal pools this year. But I suspect if the mild weather continues we are looking at an early migration event or at least a punctuated one with an early movement of some individuals. We will post these updates regularly on the Friends website at www.friendsebec.com/salamandercrossing.htm. The website also has all kinds of cool information about the vernal pools and the salamander migrations.

Published on the EB Patch, 2/2/12

Winners of Beautiful East Brunswick Photo contest (2011)

Posted by Friends EB EC on February 1, 2012 at 9:10 PM

The winners of the 2011 Bearutiful EB photo contesst are Kaity Emerson (1st - youth), Thomas Maugham (1st), Sajal Duppatla (2nd youth) and David Fried (2nd).

See the winning phots on the Friedns webstie

and the East Brusnwick Public Library during the month of February.

East Brunswick is Going WILD This Thursday!

Posted by Friends EB EC on February 1, 2012 at 8:05 AM

Thursday night the Friends of the East Brunswick Environmental Commission and the East Brunswick Library are cosponsoring a talk by Dave Wheeler, the author of the highly acclaimed book Wild NJ - Nature Adventures in the Garden State and the founder of the awesome New Jersey-centric nature website, Wild NJ (http://wildnewjersey.tv/).The talk is titled the "Wild New Jersey Road Trip".

The talk is free and is this Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012. The interactive lecture will be held at 7 p.m. at the East Brunswick Cultural Arts Center at 721 Cranbury Road in East Brunswick, N.J.

Read more on the East Brunswick Patch (January 31, 2012)

Giamarese Named Vegetable Grower of the Year

Posted by Friends EB EC on January 25, 2012 at 9:00 AM

For years, Giamarese Farms on Fresh Ponds Road has been one of the area’s “go to” places for pumpkins, Christmas trees, and fresh fruits and vegetables.

On Wednesday, the farm’s owners, Jim and Sue, were honored at the 2012 Vegetable Growers of New Jersey and State Agricultural Convention dinner with the Vegetable Grower of the Year award.

Read more

Don's Jersey Birding: Get Ready for the Great Backyard Bird Count

Posted by Friends EB EC on January 24, 2012 at 12:05 PM

by Don Torino

Forget about those Super Bowl parties. They are only held one day a year and the game lasts only a few hours. There is a another big event in February that lasts four days, goes on from sunup to sundown, and it gets all members of the family involved. It’s the 15th Annual Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC), which will be held February 17-20.

Each year, tens of thousands of people of all ages participate in the GBBC by counting birds in their backyards, schoolyards, nature centers, and wherever else birds can be found. You can count as little as 15 minutes on any one of the four days or count all day on all four; it’s up to you. Read more

Save Our Salamanders Resolution

Posted by Friends EB EC on January 20, 2012 at 8:20 PM

On December 19th, 2011, the East Brunswick Town's Council signed AResolution in Support of the Efforts of the East Brunswick EnvironmentalCommission's Beekman Road Vernal Pool Protection Plan (Amphibian Road KillReduction Plan).

The resolution recognizes the Environmental Commission has acceptedthe significant responsibility to provide leadership in the community which seekscommunity-based economically sound sustainable solution to strengthen our community.It also acknowledges the recognitions the Amphibian Protection Plan got fromthe NJDEP (Environmental Excellence Award: Healthy Ecosystems), ANJEC(Environmental Achievement Award), NJ Audubon Society (Outstanding LocalEnvironmental Protection Award) and the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation (H@O Highlandto Ocean Award).

Read more about Beekman Road salamanders on the Friedns' Salamander web page.

Starting in February updated on the 2012 salamander migration and road closing will published on Friends News Blog, the Friends Facebook page, and Twitter. During the salamander migration updates will be posted at least daily, so check often.

New Jersey has a real wild side

Posted by Friends EB EC on January 14, 2012 at 10:25 AM

David Wheeler spent a year traveling in wild places, without ever leaving New Jersey. He stopped twice in wild East Brunswick! He tells his adventures in the book "Wild New Jersey", published last year by Rutgers University Press.

Hunterdon County Democrat's Linda Brown-Kuhn wrote a review of the book, published online recently. You can read it here.

For an interview with the author - watch "This Week in East Brusnwick" (January 12th) either on Channel 3 or VOD on the website, David Wheeler will be in East Brunswick for an Option Green event - Wild New Jersey presentation on February 2, at 7pm, at the East Brunswick Cultural Arts Center. The event is open to all, and Free.

Owls of NJ - a Raptor Trust presentation was a great success!

Posted by Friends EB EC on January 6, 2012 at 7:25 PM

Sylvie, an Eastern Screech-Owl, was the star of the show last night. Six years ago when she was a just a littlechick, Sylvie fell out the nest and was attacked by a cat. Luckily she wasfound by someone who knew where to take and injured bird – The Raptor Trust [www.theraptortrust.org]. Sylvie was taken care of by staff members ofthe Trust and is now a healthy and happy resident there. Many birds are releasedback into the wild after being rehabilitated at the Raptor trust, but Sylvie’swing was so badly broken that even now she cannot fly for more than twenty feet.Sylvie shares a home with other raptors that cannot survive in the wild andspend their lives in the large aviaries of the Trust where they can be visitedby NJ residents. Ben, from the Raptor Trust, brought Sylvie, pictures, stuffedowls, talons and many facts and stories to an Option Green event hosted by the Friendsof the Environmental Commission. The meeting rooms at the library were filledup with kids and adults who came to learn about owl of NJ. More people wantedto meet Sylvie and Ben than were allowed in the two meeting rooms. We hope to have future Friends events inlarger venues where more people can be seated. Please enjoy the pictures from last night’s presentation, upload yourown pictures and tell us (in a comment) what you thought about thepresentation. For more information onFriends’ events log on to www.freindsebec.com.

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