Join us on Saturday, March 25th, as we join forces again with Jay Kelly, Associate Professor of Biology and Environmental Science of the Department of Science and Engineering at Raritan Valley Community College and his busload of student volunteers, together with Cindy Zipf and her staff from Clean Ocean Action, and our FTWP volunteers. Martin Rapp, Ecologist and Preserve Manager from The New Jersey Natural Lands Trust will be supporting us in obtaining a dumpster, that we are sure will be filled to the gills, yet again as it was last fall at the Wright Cove cleanup.
We want to appreciate everyone's efforts, in advance, as we know how successful these clean ups along our Delaware River shores are in clearing trash that has been deposited over time. The results of a cleanup of this scale are long lasting! Looking forward to it!
Date: Saturday, March 25th
Time: 9:30am - 1:30pm
Meeting Place: Taylor Wildlife Preserve - River Rd Kiosk Parking Lot
We'd like to thank the Washing Crossing Audubon Society Holden Grants Committee once again, this year, for granting Friends of Taylor Wildlife Preserve the funds to make our space a unique experience in viewing nature.
We've looked forward to our projects every year!
We are happy to announce that our Taylor Farm & Wildlife Preserve map is complete.
Lauren Lopez, of Lauren Likes to Draw, used her artistic flair to help draw a fun and creative view of the farm and preserve.
Look for our map on the website, in our brochures, as well as a large scale version at the River Road kiosk.
Enjoy! And let us know what you think.
All of us at Taylor Farm & Wildlife Preserve, and anyone who enjoys visits here, are grateful for the efforts of all involved in the Wright Cove Cleanup Day that took place on October 29th, 2016.
It all started back in mid-August, when Martin Rapp of NJ Natural Lands Trust contacted our very own Mike Zickler and Peter Taylor to introduce an idea that his co-worker Jay Kelly, also an Associate Professor of Biology and Environmental Science at Raritan Valley Community College, had. Jay was proposing to engage his students in a cleanup as part of a research project to study the effect of a cleanup on the ecosystem and the rates of any floatable trash return. Also partnering in this effort was Cindy Zipf from Clean Ocean Action.
How could we refuse?!!! Volunteers are essential in maintaining the upkeep of the preserve, and there is a lot of land to cover. The Delaware River does not relent in depositing trash on its shores. Whenever a cleanup like this occurs, the effects of it can last a long while. About 50 students took part in this effort. It's likely that much was learned by all. Our environment is precious. It's up to all of us to cherish it.
Take a look at the before, during, and after photos to get an idea of the scope of this project. Besides plenty of tires, there was a lot of very interesting (ahem) trash. Photo credits go to Jay Kelly, Stephanie Pavona, Catie Tobin, and Mike Zickler.
Again, BIG THANKS to all involved. We look forward to learning more about this ongoing study.
Please join us here at the Taylor Farm and Wildlife Preserve on Saturday, October 29th 9:00am - 1:30pm . We will all take part in a research project led by Jay F. Kelly, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Biology and Environmental Science at Raritan Valley Community College in Somerset County, NJ. The project will study the effect of a cleanup on the ecosystem and the rates of any floatable trash return from the Delaware River. Specifically, we will be focussing on an area by Wright Cove at the south end of the preserve.
Jay will bring out about 50 of his students, and in conjunction with the NJ Office of Natural Lands Trust Management and our FTWP volunteers we can make a lasting difference in the cleanup of the preserve.
Hope to see you then! And stay tuned for the AFTER photo!
What an awesome time we had touring the Moorestown Friends School 3rd grade classes last week. It was a beautiful day with a few sprinkles here and there, and the kids, parents, and teachers seemed to enjoy walking around the nature preserve and farm fields.
They learned a little history of the land and the Taylor family, heard about sustainably grown farming, helped to weed a little in the peas field, and saw beaver lodges and dams, goats, chickens, and bees. They ended the day with a lunch by the Delaware River where they could skip stones.
Its our second annual visit from the MFS 3rd graders and we love having them.
Thanks and hope to see you all with your families back at the farm for some Pick Your Own veggies or berries, or just to walk the trails at Taylor Wildlife Preserve.
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