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KINGSTON GREENWAYS ASSOCIATION FALL FOLIAGE WALK
Sunday, October 20, 2013
Rick Henkel (at far right) and fall foliage walkers--Photo by Jonathan Michalik
In celebration of this 100th anniversary year of the founding of Princeton Nurseries, Rick Henkel led a walk through the Nurseries' Kingston site. Rick was formerly Sales Manager for Princeton Nurseries, where he worked for 32 years. After leaving the Nurseries, he founded Princeton Horticultural Services, which he continues to run. Rick has an extraordinary knowledge of trees, and knows the Kingston Site and its trees intimately.
View a gallery of photos taken by Jonathan Michalik: Fall Foliage Walk 2013
ANNUAL MEETING AND MOVIE--“Crash: A Tale of Two Species”
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
For those who were unable to join us, the film "Crash: A Tale of two Species" is available from Netflix. It explores the fascinating, endangered relationship between the red knot, a South American shorebird which flies each year to the Arctic to mate, and the horsehoe crab, whose eggs fuel the most grueling portion of the red knot's journey north.
Courtesy of Conserve Wildlife
But now that humans are using the horseshoe crab for fishing bait and for medical purposes (its blue blood is pervasively used to test intravenous drugs, vaccines, and medical devices for bacterial contamination--see http://www.horseshoecrab.org/med/med.html for more information) the relationship has become increasingly endangered.
Maria Grace, the Education and Outreach Manager of Conserve Wildlife (Conserve Wildlife) fielded many questions raised by the documentary. Despite grim challenges to both species, there is some hopeful news--this short Star Ledger video provides some post-Sandy coverage: Researchers optimistic about Delaware Bay horseshoe crab spawn and shorebird migration
|CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT
December 16, 2012
PHOTOGRAPH BY BRENDA J. JONES
Trustee and Count leader Karen Linder reports that all told, the Kingston segment recorded 43 species and 2624 birds. Highlights of the day were:
**Two large flocks of snow geese flying over the seedbeds
**Three sightings of a single eagle (might be the same one or different birds--likely our local pair), including watching him/her bring a leafy stick to the new nest that is being built to replace the nest and tree lost to Sandy
**Two brown creepers
**Some very cooperative golden-crowned kinglets that showed themselves nicely
Missing were large numbers of yellow-rumped warblers (we saw only TWO!), and no cedar waxwings or bluebirds for this count. Robins were reduced in number relative to some years. Also missing were the black vultures we have seen in previous years. It was not a good day to be aloft, so perhaps they "slept in!"
KGA FALL FOLIAGE WALK
Sunday, October 21, 2012
Photo by Jonathan Michalik
KGA trustee John Butcher provided an information-rich tour of the Rockingham grounds, then passed the baton to trustee Karen Linder for a guided nature walk toward Rocky Hill along the berm path that runs roughly parallel to the D&R Canal.
Photo by Robert von Zumbusch
Photo by Carole Levin
We had multiple photographers in attendance! View a gallery featuring some scenes from our lovely autumn afternoon.
Fall Foliage Walk 2012
To learn more about Rockingham, please click here: Rockingham
|RICCIARDI TRACT PRESERVED!|
|After more than two years of community effort, fundraising and litigation, 14 wooded acres on the ecologically-sensitive Princeton Ridge have been permanently preserved by a partnership of public agencies and four nonprofits - New Jersey Conservation Foundation, Friends of Princeton Open Space, Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association and Kingston Greenways Association. The partners purchased the Ricciardi property on August 25th, 2011. Link here to the full story: Ricciardi News Release||
Ricciardi Tract Dedication, October 2, 2011
Photo by Henry Horn
|Does a tree grow in Kingston that you would like to honor? Now you can nominate it to KGA's brand new Kingston Tree Registry.|
Tree Nomination Form
NJ WILD BLOG SITE
| ABOUT KINGSTON GREENWAYS
Kingston Greenways Association aims to establish a permanent green belt around the village of
Kingston consisting of natural environments, recreational park land, agricultural and horticultural
land, wetlands, streams and ponds, and sites of historical interest. The Association further aims to preserve and create connections of green among and beyond these for walking, jogging, bicycling and horseback riding. The Association aims also to promote understanding of our local region through study and education, and to provide oversight and advocacy for open space in the Kingston area. We will work in partnership with other regional, state and national groups in pursuit of open space preservation and awareness.
|HOW YOU CAN HELP
** Become a member
** Become a trustee
** Join us for walks, talks, workshops, cleanups, trail building, and field trips
** Get on our email list
** Keep us informed about events, opportunities, and impending zoning/legislation issues
** Attend public meetings, and tell state and local officials you're concerned about overdevelopment, loss of open space, and damage to wildlife habitat and water resources