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Fyke Field Trips

Please Note: We ask that you register with the leader as a convenience in planning all our field trips.

May 4, 2019 (Saturday)

Stepping Up For The Celery Farm and Pollinators

Many of you know that Stepping Up is The Celery Farm's Big Day, as well as our fundraiser that will support the Celery Farm Pollinators this year. Fyke teams will be birding the Celery Farm from dawn to dusk in two-hour shifts; you can sign up for as many shifts as you'd like. As citizen-scientists, we are conducting an inventory of all the bird species seen that day.
Pledges this year will support the Celery Farm and Pollinators. Funds raised will be used to enhance the environment at the Celery Farm for:

  1. Butterflies and moths - We have a lovely Butterfly Garden that can always use some more plants, mulch, tools, etc. Maybe we could plant more Mountain Mint at Green Way as it seems to attract both butterflies and bees.
  2. Birds - Efforts to control invasive plant species are ongoing. Success can be as simple as eliminating Multiflora roses to make way for Swamp roses, whose rose hips are a more desirable food source for birds and whose flowers are butterfly and bee magnets. Cutting invasive vines keeps them from strangling trees and shrubs.
  3. Bees - We've talked about supporting bees, we would plant flowers that provide nectar for the bees.
  4. Bats - We will be installing bat houses at the Celery Farm after consultation with New Jersey's Batman, Joe D'Angeli, to see where to place our existing bat boxes.

To register your team or to sign up for a time slot, contact Gabriele Schmitt, To make a donation or to pledge a per-species amount, please see the pledge form on page 8 of the Summer Newsletter.

June 1, 2019 (Saturday)

Celery Farm Bird Walk

This walk is for nature-lovers and birders of all levels. We'll look for butterflies, bugs, weird plants and our feathered friends. Meet at 8:00 a.m. at Greenway. Wear long pants and socks; bring water and bug spray! Leader: TBA.

July 20, 2019 (Saturday)

Tom Burr Memorial Butterfly Walk at the Celery Farm

Our annual Celery Farm Butterfly Walk is held in memory of Tom Burr, the late Fyke member, naturalist, photographer, and friend. Meet at the end of Green Way at 10:30 a.m. for a 90-minute stroll. Dress for bright sun. Bring water and sunscreen. Rain cancels this walk. Leaders: Deedee Burnside and Fred Weber.

August 31, 2019 (Saturday)

Mt. Peter Clean-Up

Our annual Clean-Up is scheduled for Saturday, August 31, 2019 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Rain date is Sunday September 1, 2019. C ontact Judy Cinquina at to volunteer or for more information.

September 1, 2019 (Sunday)

Mt. Peter Hawk Watch begins

Fyke members are invited to help with the count or just to visit and give us your support. More details in the next newsletter. The watch begins September 1, 2019 and continues daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. until November 15. Contact Judy Cinquina at to volunteer or for more information.

NPC Field Trips

The Nature Program Cooperative (NPC) is a collaboration between over a dozen local organizations like Fyke that provide quality nature programs. Throughout the year, NPC members host activities and programs to which all group members are invited. When applicable, member discounts will apply to NPC partner members and supporters. For example, if Tenafly Nature Center hosts an event, members of all other NPC groups pay TNCís member rate. For more details, please see the NPC website at