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KGA ACTIVITIES AND OTHER EVENTS


ANNUAL MEETING AND TALK ON SNOWY OWLS

Tuesday, May 24, 7:30 PM
Kingston Firehouse, 6 Heathcote Road, Kingston

Jean-François Therrien Ph.D, a Senior Research Biologist at Hawk Mountain Sanctuary in Orwigsburg, PA (http://www.hawkmountain.org/), has been studying snowy owls in the Arctic for more than a decade with a team of scientists from Laval Université, Québec. He will share the results of his research on these magnificent birds in a slide presentation following a brief business meeting. Refreshments will be served and all are welcome.



Jean-François Therrien with snowy owl—photo by A. Robillard

Snowy owls are a top predator in the Arctic. They have a wingspan of 4-5 feet and are one of the few owls that hunt during the day. Lemmings make up a major part of their diet, especially during the breeding season. Some years, some of these large owls move south, a phenomenon known as an irruption. In recent winters, snowy owls have been observed across New Jersey in fields, marshes and beaches devoid of trees, landscapes that resemble the Arctic tundra to which they are accustomed. Please join us to learn more about these fascinating creatures!



RECENT EVENTS


EARTH DAY CLEANUP

Saturday, April 23, 2016


We offer sincerest thanks to the many volunteers who celebrated Earth Day by beautifying and making safer our public lands and roadways!

During the morning session, eight volunteers collected fifteen bags of unsightly trash along Laurel Avenue in front of Rockingham. We are grateful to team leader John Butcher and his crew for tidying the environs of this historic site.

The afternoon session on the South Brunswick side was also a great success. We are grateful to BreeAnne Lemmerling for rallying her neighbors for a massive cleanup of the Railroad/Greenwood Avenue area and adjacent Nursery lands.











Items collected included illegally dumped construction debris, nursery detritus, and ordinary trash, windblown or deliberately discarded. Several volunteers also worked Ridge Road, Heathcote, and Division and nearby wooded areas.







One notable haul was this newspaper vending box that had been in Heathcote Brook since at least 2008.



It had deteriorated into a very dangerous state. The neighbors waited until the water was low, then dug it out, loaded it into this wheelbarrow, and transported it to one of the piles that will be carted away by South Brunswick Township.





Another special cache of debris was the remains of a 1990's vintage television that fell off the back of a truck and literally exploded a few months ago. Hundreds of two-inch thick pieces of glass, circuitry, and other parts were collected from along Ridge Road.



RECENT EVENTS


ANNUAL FALL FOLIAGE WALK
Saturday, October 17, 2015



Photo by Greg Dobbs

This year's walk was an informal ramble along the new trail through the Cook Natural Area, blazed by KGA volunteers on National Trails Day in June. This pathway through two short wooded sections and along field borders offers pleasant views of hillside, fields and forest.



Walkers continued on over the Carter Brook Bridge--led by Doonie, our only canine participant!--which has been damaged by a falling tree, through Heathcote Meadows, and back to our starting point via the railroad right of way.



We are grateful to Greg Dobbs for his observant eye, and permission to share his photos of the afternoon:

Greg Dobbs Photos




NATURE GALLERY

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