Monthly Meetings

MONTHLY MEETING LOCATION

Our monthly meetings are held at Allendale Borough Hall, located at 500 West Crescent Ave. Clicking on the "View Larger Map" link on the small map below will open a larger version, where you may create your own custom directions.


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September 28, 2018 - 8 PM Allendale Borough Hall

Jim Wright - All About “The Bird Watcher”

Jim Wright is in his 10th year writing "The Bird Watcher" column for The [Bergen} Record, well over 200 at this point. In this talk for Fyke, Jim talks about his most recent -- and favorite columns -- about the incredible birds, people and places he has encountered along the way. Jim asks that anyone who has a recent Wild Turducken photo that he can use in his presentation contact Jim directly. The show will feature a surprise unveiling by Stiles Thomas that only a fool would miss.

October 26, 2018 - 8 PM Allendale Borough Hall

Doc Bayne - The Chain That Saved the Colonies

To stop the British invasion of the New England colonies during the American Revolution, Peter Townsend manufactured a Great Chain for the Continental Army at Sterling Forest. It was placed across the Hudson River at West point. Please join Doc Bayne for a presentation on how he discovered the forge that made the Great Chain. He will share the history of the iron industry that started in 1736 at Sterling Forest, and how the Sterling Forge was used to create the Great Chain.

November 30, 2018 - 8 PM Allendale Borough Hall

Members Night

Please come and enjoy an evening of short presentations by Fyke Members or better yet, be a presenter and share your own photos, prints, collections, stories etc. For digital presentations, please contact Kurt Muenz at elkumu@aceweb.com

January 25, 2018 - 8 PM Allendale Borough Hall

Kumar Patel - Okavango, the river that never meets the ocean

Ecosystems are dynamically interacting systems of organisms, along with the communities they make up and the abiotic (non-living) components of their environment. While all living things form the ecosystem with our planet, none have a greater impact than humans. As we all know, the future of the human race and the hospitability of our planet depends on how well we understand these concepts and the mechanisms we devise to preserve this sanctuary for our grandchildren and their grandchildren. To understand ecosystems, there is no better living laboratory than the Okavango Delta in Botswana. Join my daughter Yogita and me on a journey of discovery, fascination and excitement through this desolate, magical land. Along the way, I hope you will appreciate, as well as we did, the beauty of some of the amazing creatures we share this planet with. I know all of you are dedicated to conservation. This is just a reminder to show you what we are trying to preserve.

February 22, 2019 - 8 PM Allendale Borough Hall

Stephanie Feigin - Red Knots

Every May, up to half a million shore- birds descend on Delaware Bay to restore energy reserves lost after long flights from the Southern Hemisphere. They will double their weight on the protein-rich eggs of the 420 million-year old horseshoe crab, before continuing to the Arctic. But this Story has changed. Over harvesting of horseshoe crabs in the 1990s, has drastically reduced the number of eggs available for shore- birds. Along with other impacts, this has caused up to 80% reduction in the shorebird populations. Join Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey’s Wildlife Ecologist Stephanie Feigin in a presentation about shorebirds, horseshoe crabs, how their populations have declined and our efforts to protect these important species and their habitats along Delaware Bay.

March 22, 2019 - 8 PM Allendale Borough Hall

Kevin Watson - Iceland

Birder and photographer Kevin Watson takes us on a tour of this unique island, with its dramatic landscapes and remarkable bird life. We’ll see majestic waterfalls, black sand beaches, glaciers and blue ice caves in winter, and return for the endless daylight of mid-summer, when the skies around the seabird cliffs are full of gulls and alcids, and the rivers and lakes are home to many nesting ducks and shorebirds in full breeding plumage.

April 26, 2019 - 8 PM Allendale Borough Hall

Edith Wallace - The Mystery Writers' Garden (with a nod to Agatha Christie)

Are you willing to risk everything to eliminate an obnoxious neighbor, co-worker or relative? How? You can get instructions from mystery stories written by the master Agatha Christie or contemporary authors. I've selected plants that grow in northern New Jersey that may be used for their lethal potential. Beware at tea time as some of these plants may be included in your beverage or cake. Might you be the perpetrator or victim? For your sake, you’d be a fool not to attend this program!

March 22, 2019 - 8 PM Allendale Borough Hall

Tom & Sharon - Winter Birding Along South Florida’s Gulf Coast

For the past five winters, Fyke members Tom Mitchell and Sharon Ayling have migrated to south Florida’s Gulf Coast to enjoy the subtropical climate and the spectacular abundance of wintering and local birds. They will narrate a slideshow of Tom’s photos taken at some of the region’s most rewarding birding spots across a variety of subtropical habitats from Tampa Bay south to the Everglades.