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Osprey at Sandy Hook, NJ, being photobombed by a jet at high altitude. NOT a rocket powered bird!

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This is YOUR Earth.*

Make every day


  1. BulletJoin a nature or environmental group.

  2. BulletPlant a tree.

  3. BulletClean up a stream or field.

  4. BulletWatch birds or butterflies or dragonflies.

  5. BulletTake pictures of flowers, trees and blossoms.

  6. BulletGo on a hike.

  7. BulletTake a child with you when you explore something or somewhere new.

  8. BulletLearn about global warming and how it affects us in New Jersey.

  9. BulletCelebrate the rain or snow.

  10. BulletLearn about wildflowers or butterflies.

  11. BulletLove the change of seasons.

  12. BulletDo something!

  13. BulletLearn something new about nature.

  14. BulletTeach children about nature.

  15. BulletMAKE everyday EARTH DAY!

This is the only Earth we have. There are NO spare parts or warranties…anywhere.

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February 13, 2017 2:30 PM

–Nature Notes News–

* “This is Your Earth” is a phrase we have used since this website began in 2004. Coincidentally, it is also the name of  a book by Gary Ewen and Jane Ann Cantwell. Click HERE to see their wonderful book.

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‎"In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks." -- John Muir
“Our task must be to free ourselves... by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and it's beauty.” 
― Albert Einstein

A magnificent video…”Mountains in Motion”. Watch i!

Please click HERE to see David Attenborough’s GREAT 2 minute video:

“What a Wonderful World.”


"Geeks are people who love something so much that all the details matter." - Marissa Mayer  (Then I’m a geek, and very proud of it!-Rich)

A stunningly beautiful time-lapse video of NORWAY.

This will make you wish to be there…right now!

The Pale Blue Dot



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  1. BulletFRONT PAGE

  2. BulletBIRDS & BIRDING  

  3. Bullet    The Birds of Israel, 10/2013

  4. Bullet    RGVBF Texas Birding, 2014

  5. BulletWEATHER  


  7. BulletTHE BACK PAGE 



  1. BulletBIRDS

  2. BulletBUTTERFLIES (47)

  3. BulletDRAGON & DAMSELFLIES (24)

  4. BulletINSECTS (119)

  5. BulletMOTHS #s 0001-4702        |

  6. BulletMOTHS #s 4703-7648    (487)

  7. BulletMOTHS #s 7649-12233      |



  1. Bullet  ODDS & ENDS

  2. Bullet  SCRAPBOOK


  4. Bullet  SKY & SPACE

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1 # of species

From Michio Kaku (so you know this is worth reading!)

"Instead of being overwhelmed by the Universe, I think that perhaps one of the deepest experiences a scientist can have, almost approaching a religious awakening, is to realize that we are children of the stars, and that our minds are capable of understanding the universal laws that they obey. The atoms within our bodies were forged on the anvil of nucleo-synthesis within an exploding star aeons before the birth of the solar system. Our atoms are older than the mountains. We are literally made of star dust. Now these atoms, in turn, have coalesced into intelligent beings capable of understanding the universal laws governing that event." ~ Michio Kaku

Revering the Universe. Caring for Nature. Celebrating Life.

Join the World Pantheist Movement!

From Rich Wolfert (so you might want to read this, too).

Nature, science, and discovery are powerful motivators and attractors that can addict us. We hunger to learn more. We love to see the new…and so often, it's so beautiful that it can bring tears to our eyes, and cause us to sigh deeply in wonder and amazement. The quest for knowledge, the very act of discovery to better know the universe, our planet, nature, and ourselves, feeds upon itself ever so wonderfully. This is another magnificent obsession, our obsession, and most of us would never apologize for how it adds to our lives. I feel that we are the lucky ones.

A message from Mother Nature. This is a very important short video that must be understood by all.


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  1. “The good thing about science is that it’s true whether or not you believe it.”                        -  Neil deGrasse Tyson

• “When I hear of the destruction of a species I feel just as if all the works of some great writer had perished,"

                                - wrote Theodore Roosevelt in a letter to Museum ornithologist Frank Chapman in 1899.

We do not inherit the Earth from our Ancestors, we borrow it from our Children.                               - David Brower

• "Treat the earth well: it was not given to you by your parents, it was loaned to you by your children.

- Attributed as an ancient Native American proverb or as a Kenyan proverb.    

• “When observing nature, chance favors the prepared mind…”                                                   Louis Pasteur, 1854

  1. “I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in order.”                             - John Burroughs

  2. Every child is born a naturalist. Their eyes are, by nature, open to the glories of the stars, the beauty of flowers and the mysteries of life.                                                                                                    - R. Search (a pen name)

  3. “When a distinguished scientist states that something is impossible, he is very probably wrong”    - Arthur C. Clarke

Saturday, January 21, 2016

  1. BulletWhat makes dyslexic brains different?

  2. BulletPossible very small, modular nuclear power plants in our future. sciencealert 

Thursday, January 19, 2016

  1. BulletWhy do we persist on keeping looking at things far away? Because it’s our nature to want to know. Here is something Hubble has recently found.  labroots 

  2. BulletAudubon Magazine’s BEST photos of 2016. EXCELLENT!  audubon 

  3. BulletMost of us know that vaccines work and that they DO NOT cause autism. But some still believe the lie created by since discredited Andrew Wakefield (who published other falsely documented articles). If you have this talk with someone, this is an aid you might want to use. It’s done like a comic book and is extremely clear and to the point.  imgur 

  4. BulletWhat is going on with whales dying in southwestern Florida?  local/10

Friday, January 17, 2016

  1. BulletA 26 year old student has discovered how to kill superbugs without antibiotics. This comes before a reported woman’s death from a bug that defied all known antibiotic treatments.  inhabit 

  2. BulletIf some still don’t/won’t/can’t believe in evolution, then watch this. vox 

  3. BulletWhat about that star that has light fluctuations that suggest intelligently constructed structures around it? We may have a natural answer.  sciencealert

  4. BulletRestoring a natural balance in nature is often treated with inadequate responses that just will not do enough. In this case, Grizzly Bears.  counterpunch 

  5. BulletI like what Bill Gates does with his money. (Does anyone coming to Washington hear this?)  huffingtonpost 

  6. BulletHow might we live on Mars. Some very cool NASA concepts.  sciencealert 

Friday, January 13, 2016

  1. BulletFor each of the past (perhaps) 8 Januarys, I have been able to find a moth around the house. Unusual for NJ, but the backyard is a fairly good habitat for them. Last night, we had one land by the front door light. A Variable Sallow - Hodges #9941 (Sericaglaea signata). To make this even better, it’s a Life Moth, a brand new one to add to the Life List. You can find the photo here. It’s on page 3 of this grouping.

  2. BulletBelieve it or not, it’s not unheard of for a bird to have (the equivalent of) 4 sexes. This is an extremely common winter bird in much of the U.S. and it does have this unusual characteristic. Read why. nature

News Update # 1
"If you know wilderness in the way that you know love, you would be unwilling to let it go. ... This is the story of our past and it will be the story of our future." - Terry Tempest Williams, author and activist,

A sampling of the MANY photos that appear in the numerous sections of (New Jersey) NATURE NOTES.

Courtesy of the Science Is Awesome Facebook page.

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Eastern Bluebird (male) near Readington, NJ

       © Richard Wolfert - 2016