Field trips rule

Fyke Events and Field Trips

Please register with the leader to facilitate planning and to enable last-minute communication about any changes or cancellation on account of the weather. Beginners are welcome.


February 24, 2024, Saturday, 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM

Winter Tree Identification

Sycamore Bark Sycamore Bark

Join us for a winter walk at the Celery Farm. Meet at the end of Green Way. Mike Lefebvre will talk about tree identification in the winter. We may even see some Skunk Cabbage starting to come up!

Mike Lefebvre is a naturalist who has led Plant ID Walks and Talks for the Fyke Nature Association, Friends of the Bonsal Preserve (Montclair) the Friends of the NJ School of Conservation (Stokes State Forest) and Bergen County Audubon Society. He is the Publicity Chairperson for the Fyke Nature Association and currently working as a teacher naturalist for NJ Audubon’s Lorrimer Sanctuary. He kept a nature blog (now retired) which documented local hikes along with flora and fauna for many years. Mike’s hobby is documenting the flora of local nature preserves including the Celery Farm.

Sponsored by The Native Plant Society of New Jersey.

March 9, 2024, Saturday, 6:00 PM

Woodcocks at Dusk

Woodcock Woodcock

Meet at the end of Halifax Road in Mahwah for a chance to see the dramatic courtship display of these otherwise reclusive birds. What we hope to witness goes something like this:

First, male woodcocks utter a distinctive one-note peent call with a buzzy, nasal quality. They then flutter high into the air and circle repeatedly, allowing the rushing air to rise in a winnowing whistle as it passes over their wings. To finish off, they acrobatically descend back to the very same spot they took off from and repeat the process in the hopes of attracting a female.

There are no guarantees in birding, but with luck you will have a memorable experience. Contact Mike Limatola mike.limatola@gmail.com to let him know to expect you. Rain date March 16.


April 20, 2024, Saturday, 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM

Discover the Plants of the Celery Farm

Trout Lily Trout Lilies

Enjoy finding early spring wildflowers and other plants. Meet at the end of Green Way.

Mike Lefebvre is a naturalist who has led Plant ID Walks and Talks for the Fyke Nature Association, Friends of the Bonsal Preserve (Montclair) the Friends of the NJ School of Conservation (Stokes State Forest) and Bergen County Audubon Society. He is the Publicity Chairperson for the Fyke Nature Association and currently working as a teacher naturalist for NJ Audubon’s Lorrimer Sanctuary. He kept a nature blog (now retired) which documented local hikes along with flora and fauna for many years. Mike’s hobby is documenting the flora of local nature preserves including the Celery Farm.

Contact Mike LeFebvre njurbanforest@hotmail.com to let him know to expect you. Rain date Sunday, April 21.


June 29, 2024, Saturday, 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM

Discover the Plants of the Celery Farm

Buttonbush Buttonbush

Enjoy finding early summer wildflowers and other plants. Meet at the end of Green Way.

Mike Lefebvre is a naturalist who has led Plant ID Walks and Talks for the Fyke Nature Association, Friends of the Bonsal Preserve (Montclair) the Friends of the NJ School of Conservation (Stokes State Forest) and Bergen County Audubon Society. He is the Publicity Chairperson for the Fyke Nature Association and currently working as a teacher naturalist for NJ Audubon’s Lorrimer Sanctuary. He kept a nature blog (now retired) which documented local hikes along with flora and fauna for many years. Mike’s hobby is documenting the flora of local nature preserves including the Celery Farm.

Contact Mike LeFebvre njurbanforest@hotmail.com to let him know to expect you. Rain date Sunday, June 30.


Every Sunday 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM at the Celery Farm

Usually on the Pirie-Mayhood Tower platform

Hour on the Tower

towerites

Everyone is invited to join with the group of regulars who keep a list of every species of bird they can identify over the course of one hour. It's a good way to improve your birding skills and catch up on Celery Farm news. The location may shift between the Pirie-Mayhood Tower platform on the east side of Lake Appert and the Warden's Watch platform near the Franklin Turnpike parking area. Contact Gaby Schmitt to find out where to meet up.

Self-Directed Exploration Open to Fyke Members

North Harpersfield Property

George Rand and Pamela Ryder invite Fyke members to visit 135 acres of forest, field, stream, and pond in upstate NY. Please download and print this document,which contains essential information you must read before your visit, including directions, contact numbers, waiver, lodging, and area attractions. You will also want to download and print this map of the property and this release and waiver document.