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  • explored and captured with the camera not only Cuba s birds but the beauty of the land the rich history the architecture and the people of this nation so geographically close to us yet so little known to most Americans after a half century of political and diplomatic isolation November 11 The Hidden Life of Streams Leaf Packs Club members Erik and Kris Mollenhauer presented us with a look at the hidden life of streams Autumn leaffall is an event of huge importance to the life of streams As leaves fall from overhanging trees and shrubs into streams they collect and accumulate with other small floating debris twigs bark seeds flowers forming natural leaf packs These packs get lodged against rocks or other obstructions and begin to decay Leaf packs provide food and habitat for an array of stream organisms including many aquatic forms of insects that often go unnoticed because of their size and habits Assessing the abundance and variety of these organisms in leaf packs can tell us something about habitat and water quality Meeting attendees worked in small groups with low power microscopes and other tools to explore an actual leaf pack October 11 Iceland Like Hawaii Iceland is a volcanic island that floats over a hot spot in the earth s crust Icelandic scenery runs to extremes Views of fjords mountains and distant glaciers are spectacular Green valleys dotted with an occasional farmstead and bordered by high cliffs that are laced with waterfalls are unlike anything in North America Seabird colonies may have millions of puffins fulmars and kittiwakes There are places in Iceland that make Yosemite look like a crowded slum At the other extreme areas such as the high fells glacial outwash sands sandur and ash fields and lava flows are seriously bleak and almost completely lifeless In 2008 Karl Anderson and Gale Cannon spent two weeks driving the 2000 mile circumference of the nation looking at scenery thermal features wildflowers and birds but not mammals or reptiles They shared some of their experiences and photographs with us September 11 Raising Butterflies Insect Pollination How Insects Sustain the World Presenter Diane Cameron shared her experience in raising butterflies talked about their importance as pollinators and explained her efforts as part of Monarch Watch to increase public awareness of monarchs and the threats that they face due to habitat loss Diane also brought along a portable rearing chamber containing live caterpillars and chrysalides June 11 Annual Picnic and Nature Walk at Wenonah Lake Club members met at the pavilion at Wenonah Lake for our annual picnic After dinner we took a relaxing walk on the trail along the lake The woodlands surrounding the lake are part of the Wenonah Conservation Area The area is botanically rich and diverse and a haven for wildlife May 11 Reconnecting the Web Native Plants in Gardens and Landscaping 2011 Annual Plant Sale Native plants are part of an ecosystem of interdependent life the web of life that connect plants to the survival of fungi insects birds and mammals in short to just about everything else Mr Alan Koch Senior Landscape Architect for Gloucester County Parks and Recreation is a practicing landscape architect who has had the opportunity to put native plants into use in the public spaces of Gloucester County He shared creative ways to make our gardens greener by using native plants and emphasized the importance of restoring native plants into the environment to conserve water decrease insecticides and establish wildlife habitats An avid gardener himself Alan brought along a slide show of his own garden and offered tips and advice for how we all can create beautiful environmentally friendly gardens and outdoor spaces and how we all can be a part of reconnecting the web of life around us April 11 Creatures of the Miocene Seas The Miocene Epoch is a vanished world that existed between 23 and 5 3 million years ago and was a part of the great Age of Mammals that began 65 million years ago with the extinction of dinosaurs at the end of the Cretaceous On land the Miocene has been called the Age of Grasslands for those habitats first arose in abundance during that time as did the many grassland mammals such as species of horses rhinoceros camels and antelope like mammals The Miocene seas were also teeming with life Our speaker Ken Mackenzie The Fossil Shark Man told us about these amazing creatures some species long extinct and some still with us which swam the ancient seas He also shared his vast and astounding collection of Miocene marine fossils Ken has spent many years not only collecting these fossils many from the Miocene deposits of eastern North Carolina but studying the world in which these creatures lived and its connections with our own Ken was gracious enough to bring along a bucket of unexamined Miocene sediments and allowed us all an opportunity to be a fossil hunter by letting us sift through the sediments for a shark tooth or other fossil treasure to take home March 11 Snakes of the New Jersey Pine Barrens 23 species of snakes are native to New Jersey and many of these are found in the Pine Barrens They range from the common and familiar Eastern Garter Snake and Black Rat Snake to the beautifully colored and state endangered Corn Snake the arboreal Rough Green Snake the state threatened Northern Pine Snake and the state endangered Timber Rattlesnake found in both the NJ Highlands and the Pine Barrens David W Schneider New Jersey Regional Manager of Herpetological Associates has 30 years of experience with New Jersey Pine Barrens species and is an expert in the ecology of this region David taught us about this diverse group of reptiles why they are important and beneficial to the natural ecology and why they are creatures to be appreciated and respected rather than feared He also brought along some live snakes for us to see and even touch February 11 Traditional Pot Luck Dinner The Fungus Kingdom How often have we walked through the woods or even our own back yards on a late summer day after a rain to encounter a fairy ring of strange and colorful mushrooms where that day before there was nothing Dr John Dighton Director of Pinelands Research at the Rutgers University Pinelands took us on a journey through the fungus kingdom with a particular emphasis on the fungi of the New Jersey Pinelands Dr Dighton is an expert on forest soil ecology and has extensively studied the interactions of forest trees with mycorrhizal fungi fungi that interact with the roots of vascular plants January 11 The Natural Unnatural History of Dragons Until modern times sightings of dragons were quite common as they breathed fire hoarded treasure and terrorized both villagers and kings If livestock went missing it must be a dragon Strange noises from the mountain Dragon Damsel in distress Dragon Stories of dragons are woven in cultures across Asia and Europe the Middle East and even in the Americas and Australia In this program we searched for the origin of dragons and ponder their demise How were they able to breathe fire Why did they thirst for gold Will they return Brian Hayes and Erik Mollenhauer used science history legend and story to explore the realm of dragons 2010 Programs December 10 Only Time and the River Flowing A Trip Down the Tatshenshini River November 10 The Swamp Pink October 10 Teaching The Trees Lessons from the Forest Getting to Old Growth September 10 The Animal Kingdom June 10 Picnic at Scotland Run Park Clayton Awakening Spirits The Art and Science of Tracking May 10 Hummingbirds and Hummingbird Gardening 2010 Annual Plant Sale April 10 The Hawks of Southern New Jersey March 10 Gaviotas A Village To Reinvent The World February 10 Was to be Traditional Pot Luck Dinner and programs Cargo For Conservation and The GCNC Images From Our Past SNOWED OUT January 10 Tales of Turtle Tails 2009 Programs December 09 The Maurice River a River Worth Protecting November 09 The Pedricktown Marsh An Ecological Treasure in Gloucester County October 09 The Natural and Unnatural History of Oaks September 09 Rafting the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon June 09 Picnic at Red Bank Battlefield and The Art of Karen Paust May 09 Bringing Nature Home How Native Plants Sustain Wildlife in Our Gardens 2009 Annual Plant Sale April 09 Sustainable World Climate Change the Future of Human Endeavor March 09 The Migration of Birds in Gloucester County The Flying Colors of Spring February 09 Down Jersey The Songs and Stories of Jim Albertson and Traditional Pot Luck Dinner January 09 Owls of New Jersey 2008 Programs December 08 The Long Thaw How People Are Changing the Next 100 000 Years of Earth s Climate November 08 Threatened And Endangered Plants of the New Jersey Pine Barrens October 08 New Jersey Archaeology Paleohistory Flint Knapping September 08 Discovering Newfoundland June 08 Picnic at Scotland Run Park Clayton May 08 The Horseshoe Crab Lab and 2008 Annual Plant Sale April 08 Some Birds of Panama March 08 The Sport and Adventure of Geocaching February 08 Was to be Traditional Pot Luck Dinner and Craft Eco Art Night January 08 Mammals and Mammal Skulls of New Jersey 2007 Programs December 07 The History of the Christmas Bird Count Various speakers explored the history of the Audubon Christmas Bird Count explained how the Count is conducted and shared some experiences of the Count November 07 Bringing Water to South Jersey Representatives from New Jersey American Water Company presented the full story on how their company helps provide drinking water to our region They also told us all about the American Water Company which has a long history back to 1886 and is currently serving over 16 million customers in several states by operating over 350 water and wastewater systems October 06 Herpetology Herpetologist Ed Kowalski from the Philadelphia Zoo presented a fascinating program on the subject of reptiles which focused mainly on turtles September 07 The Glass Art and Personal Journey of Paul Stankard Paul Stankard is an artist of international reputation and renown His glass sculptures have been exhibited and admired in museums and galleries around the globe Those who have been fortunate enough to have seen his work cannot but marvel at the exquisite detail of blossom or leaf lovingly recreated in glass His is an artistic vision that is intimately connected to the natural world and infused with a love and knowledge of our native plants that inspire so much of his work Thus he is both artist and naturalist Paul will tell us this evening about his art his craft and the personal journey of his life Poet as well as sculptor he will share with us his vision Paul lives and works in Mantua NJ and is truly one of Gloucester County s and the world s living treasures June 07 Annual Picnic Scotland Run Park Club members met at the pavilion at Scotland Run Park for our annual picnic and a surprise baby shower for Paula and Brian Hayes past club president After dinner we took a relaxing walk along the park s trails May 07 Gardening Naturally and Annual Plant Sale Lorraine Kiefer of Triple Oaks Nursery in Franklinville NJ has been the author of a weekly gardening column for over 35 years and is co author of the book Best Garden Plants for New Jersey Lorraine is an articulate advocate of using native plants in our gardens and landscaping Native plants are adapted to our climate and conditions disease resistant and require less watering and feeding to thrive than do exotics Lorraine explained this philosophy of gardening naturally and also offered a wealth of practical information on such topics as New Jersey s garden zones soil preparation planting techniques and plant choices After the presentation Lorraine graciously agreed to hold a book signing for Best Garden Plants for New Jersey April 07 Tropical Rainforests and New Jersey s Extraordinary Songbirds Each spring our songbirds return The vireos the many species of warblers over 50 in North America Scarlet Tanagers Indigo Bunting and more arrive at just the right time at just the right place to feed on the emergent insect populations and play their vital role in maintaining healthy forests Have you ever wondered where they go when they ve gone south and what their lives are like in the far off tropics Dr Emile D DeVito Manager of Science and Stewardship at the New Jersey Conservation Foundation told us how these amazing birds exist in and travel between two worlds and live their lives in two ecosystems the lush and exotic neo tropics and the forests and meadows of temperate North America March 07 Landscapes of The New Jersey Pinelands and Delaware Bay Phtotographer Michael Hogan took take us on a journey to some of his favorite places to photograph and explore in the New Jersey Pinelands and Delaware Bayshore Michael shared his knowledge and enthusiasm for these special places of great natural beauty and ecological diversity that are so near and so extraordinary We visited the vast grass marshes of the Bayshore with their abundant bird life and wandered through the Pinelands with its quiet streams rare Orchids and unique flora and fauna After the program Michael held a book signing for his recently published Natural Wonders of The New Jersey Pines and Shore It was a reminder that New Jersey is still a place of natural wonders February 07 Sharing Our Culture From A Native American Perspective We again celebrated winter with our traditional February Pot Luck Dinner after which we were treated to a presentation by Jean Red Raven Kilian a Mi kmaq Native American and GCNC member Jean took us into the world of Native American cultures and traditions and explored the arts crafts dress customs beliefs and legends of Native American peoples This was an entertaining enriching and enlightening program that focused not only on the values of Native American cultures but on the meaning those values have for us all January 07 Fossil Legends of the First Americans Fact or Fiction Erik Mollenhauer of the Nature Club presented a fascinating program that focused on the beliefs of native Americans who told tales of Giants marsh monsters witch buffalo thunderbirds little people and other mythical creatures which were inspired by the fossils that they found Since then modern archaeology has shown that many kinds of fossils were collected and used by native Americans 2006 Programs December 06 Eco Art The Goldsworthy Lesson Lee Whitehead artist and Arts Director at YMCA Camp Ockanickon presented a program that demonstrated the principles of eco art that was inspired by the works of British sculptor Andy Goldsworthy This was an evening of fun discovery and creativity that hopefully inspired the artist in all of us November 06 Birds of the Caucasus Georgia is a mountainous country in the Caucasus region and is considered to be one of the world s 25 biologically richest and most endangered terrestrial ecosystems Georgia has an extremely varied landscape ranging from semi desert to humid subtropical forests Within a few hundred miles travelers may cross over Black Sea wetlands mountain steppes pistachio savannahs alpine meadows and the high peaks of the Caucasus mountain ranges Rafael Antonio Galvez who co authored and illustrated a field guide to Raptors and Owls of Georgia gave a presentation on birds of the Caucasus and their relation to the dynamic landscape of the region This audio visual discussed the impact of humanity on raptors This program was an uncommon opportunity to explore with an expert guide the rare and exotic bird life of this far off land October 06 Hawaii What Price Globalization Club member Marie Hageman presented and assessment on the effects that many generations of haole visitors have had on endemic birds plants the land and the surrounding ocean She told of the impacts from the first inhabitants with their aloha aina love of the land through whalers and merchant traders to today s tourism boom of 7 million visitors year September 06 Encountering Backyeard Wildlife Vicki Schmidt a licensed wildlife rehabilitator presented a fascinating program that familiarized us with the wild animals that live all around us She explained techniques used to save animals that have become victims of oil spills and other environmental hazards and how an animal can be restored to health and returned to the wild June 06 Annual Picnic Chestnut Branch Park Club members met at the pavilion at Chestnut Branch Park for a pot luck dinner and good conversation AFter dinner we had a nice walk throug the varied habitats of the park A great ending to a great year May 06 The Race to Save the Lord God Bird The Story of the Ivory billed Woodpecker The Club s own Kris Mollenhauer told the story of the Ivory billed Woodpecker She told us of a fascinating and vital history from the guys who loved them shot them by the dozen and sold them to collectors the world over to the first modern ecologists who arose in the 1930s The story of the Ivory bill is a cautionary tale of how species become scarce with lessons that are important in the context of other places and other species including Gloucester County April 06 Organic Farming and Sustainable Agriculture at The Muth Family Farm We have all heard the words organic and natural in connection with food and agricultural products without perhaps knowing exactly what these words imply about the produce we buy Bob Muth of The Muth Family Farm explained to us what organic farming really is and how sustainable agricultural practices that are in harmony with the environment can provide products that are wholesome attractive and economically competitive He revealed to us how a successful organic farm operates and explained the importance of

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  • Jersey senators and several representatives have signed on to the bill please let them know that this bill is important to you See www congress gov to read the bill and to see its co sponsors Source The Nature Conservancy www nature org newjersey DRAGONFLIES DAMSELFLIES AND THE MIGRATORY DRAGONFLY PROJECT MDP Dragonflies and damselflies belong to the order Odonata which means toothed jaws and larger species of dragonflies and damselflies may actually give you a harmless bite All odonates share certain characteristics membranous wings large eyes slender bodies and small antennae Odonates operate each wing independently giving them the ability to hover fly backwards and take off vertically But what are some of the differences between dragonflies and damselflies Eyes Dragonflies have eyes that touch or nearly touch at the top of the head Damselflies have eyes that are clearly separated usually appearing on each side of the head Body Dragonflies usually have stockier bodies while damselflies are usually long and more slender Wings Dragonflies have dissimilar wing pairs with hind wings broader at the base All wings of the damselfly are similar in shape Position at rest Dragonflies hold their wings open horizontally or downwards while damselflies hold their wings closed usually over the abdomen Dragonflies date back to 300 million years ago when they had wingspans up to 26 inches Spending most of their lives underwater as larva nymphs their presence in an aquatic environment is a good sign since they require clean water to thrive The survival of the nymphs also depends on healthy indigenous vegetation to provide oxygen clean the water help them hide and give cover as they transform from nymph to adult flyer The Migratory Dragonfly Partnership MDP is made up of dragonfly experts nongovernmental programs academic institution and federal agencies from the US Mexico and Canada Its mission is to better understand and conserve North America s dragonfly migration At least two of its projects give the citizen scientist a chance to help out First in the Dragonfly Pond Watch Project a citizen scientist regularly monitors and reports on the seasonal movement of five of the best known migrating dragonflies at a local pond s Second in the Migration Monitoring Project a citizen scientist volunteers to track the fall and spring movement of dragonflies with emphasis on the five main migratory species in North America The MDP website contains information on dragonflies including identification and the site will allow you to submit your observations online If this type of volunteerism interests you and we hope it does please check out www migratorydragonflypartnership org The projects are describe under the citizen science initiative tab Also take a look at www xerces org dragonfly migration Government Links Unsure about how to contact your elected officials on those important conservation issues Want to learn when the next election is For answers to these and many other government related questions check out the New Jersey Citizens Guide to Government here Also you can view our list

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  • the community about nature and the environment The Nature Club s history includes a continuous record of monthly programs field trips and newsletters All activities are organized and conducted by its members who volunteer their time resources and knowledge All programs and field trips which cover an array of topics are free and open to the public We currently have about 250 memberships which represents 400 500 people of all ages While most members reside in Gloucester County we have many members from neighboring counties and even members from other states Up until recently we were very lucky to have some of our founding members still active in the Club Bob Cassel and Mimi Glass provided guidance and direction for those of us who are not as familiar with the history of South Jersey and the flora and fauna hot spots We truly miss their enthusiasm and love of the outdoors The Club has been active over the years in the community sponsoring such events like Bird Quest county wide Environmental Commission Conferences and the annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count to name a few The latest club sponsored event is the Gloucester County Vulture Festival which promises to get bigger

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  • Trust An organization combining the South Jersey Land Trust and the Federation of Gloucester County Watersheds New Jersey Audubon Lists Centers activities and events of NJ Audubon Audubon Christmas Bird Count History of the count and count totals NJ Maps NJ Maps of superfund sites endangered species and others International Migratory Bird Day Each year s theme and activities NJ Endangered Species The latest info on State programs Horseshoe Crabs

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  • dues electronically via PayPal Click here to access the online membership form For general inquiries to volunteer for a committee or to submit ideas for programs fieldtrips or events click on the following button Executive Committee President Karen Kravchuck 609 617 6693 cell Vice President Barry Bengel 856 468 5866 Programs Rich Dilks 856 468 6342 Field Trips Paula Hayes Maria Keefe Jayne Rhynard Treasurer Scott Barnes Secretary Jayne Rhynard

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  • pull out 105 old discarded tires from the woods and wetlands along Chestnut branch Creek in Mantua Township Participants included members of Environmental Commissions from Mantua Township Pitman and Wenonah Volunteers struggle to remove a large tractor tire from a

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  • GCNC Membership Application
    Would you be willing to serve on a committee If so which committee s Are there other ways you could participate If so how By clicking Submit you are indicating that you have read and understand the waiver below WAIVER Gloucester County Nature Club and or its leaders officers members or representatives shall not be liable for any injuries loss or damage to person and or property direct or consequential arising out of any trips and or activities of the Gloucester County Nature Club The assumption of risk which is inherent in this type of outdoor activity is implied on the part of each person who attends any Gloucester County Nature Club trip and every person participating in any of said trips and or activities assumes all risk and liability in connection therewith Everyone participating in any activity of the Gloucester County Nature Club will be required to read the release of liability protecting the Gloucester County Nature Club and or its leaders officers members and representatives from liability Gloucester County Nature Club and or its leaders officers members and representatives are not in any way responsible for the personal safety of the attendees When walking along a road keep

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