Monthly Meetings

Since mid-2015 Fyke's monthly speaker costs have been funded by a generous grant from the Winifred M. and George P. Pitkin Foundation


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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December 6, 2019 - 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 nature related slide shows, videos, artwork, photographs, poems, or collections with your fellow members. All presentations should be of five minutes or less duration so that we can maintain a reasonable total meeting time. Information on submitting digital presentations is on page 2 of the winter Fyke newsletter.

January 24, 2020 - 8 PM Allendale Borough Hall

Pollinators in Peril: How you can help protect native pollinators by Blaine Rothauser

Butterflies, bumblebees, moths and other creatures help pollinate over 75% of our flowering plants and crops, contributing to over $29 billion in crops each year. Currently many species of pollinators are struggling to survive. Join Blaine Rothauser of the Conserve Wildlife Foundation on a photogenic tour of the world of pollinators in New Jersey, exploring why pollinators are crucial to our environment, health, food systems and economy. Learn how to help the declining species of New Jersey pollinators with simple steps we can take to protect them in our own backyard.

February 28, 2020 - 8 PM Allendale Borough Hall

John Dunstan: Jersey City The Wildlife and Me

In John’s film he shows his observations including owls, wading birds, insects, black skimmers, woodpeckers and more through the years, all in this tremendous setting in Jersey City, Liberty State Park. Using different types of equipment, he takes pictures and records footage of animals and insects that you cannot photograph with an iPhone camera. The mega zoom bridge camera gives him the opportunity to snap photos of birds flying through the sky, while the macro diopter lens lets him capture the smallest of insects. Dunstan goes at different times throughout the day, whether it is when the sun comes up or if there is fog outside, to capture a variety of scenes throughout the urban environment.

March 27, 2020 - 8 PM Allendale Borough Hall

Iceland with Kevin Watson

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 24, 2020 - 8 PM Allendale Borough Hall

Jim & Jerry - The Celery Farm of Old, plus The Real James Bond

In 2002, Jim Wright and Jerry Barrack published "In the Presence of Nature," aka "The Celery Farm Book." and did a popular presentation for Fyke about the book. Jerry and Jim will revisit the book and show, with a look at what has changed -- and what has stayed the same. As a bonus, Jim will give a short talk on his new book, "The Real James Bond," about the ornithologist/explorer/author whose name was stolen by Ian Fleming. Followed by a book signing and reception.

May 15, 2020 - 8 PM Allendale Borough Hall

Urban Hawks, Gabriel Willow

NYC naturalist Gabriel Willow will give a multimedia presentation about Pale Male and some of the other Red-tailed Hawks that have made an astonishing and inspiring comeback in the area over the past 30 years. There were no breeding Red-tails in urban NYC & NJ in the 1980s, and now there are at least 50 pairs! He'll also discuss the basics of raptor ID and conservation challenges as well.