The Great Outdoors

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‌CU Maurice River

15th Annual Ah Why Knot Awards Outdoor Advocates 08/19/20
16th Annual Ah Why Knot Ah Why Knot 05/12/21
17th Annual Ah Why Knot Awards Volunteer Recognition 07/6/22
19th Annual Ah Why Knot Awards Why Knot- Volunteer Awards 05/15/24
About CU Maurice River What is CU Maurice River? 08/22/18
Annual Volunteer Awards CU Maurice River Volunteers 11/28/18
Annual World Series of Birding May 2019 World Series… Baseball? No, but the 2019 World Series of Birding 05/22/19
Corporate Stewardship Program Get Your Green On 01/23/19
CU Maurice River / Millville's Wildlife Garden Garden Party 05/29/19
Cumberland Co. 4th Grade Field Trip Wild About Cumberland 04/3/24
DAR Conservation Award Dave and Sue Fenili Earn DAR Award for Leadership in Conservation 12/5/18
Eagle Trail Walk / Annual Eagle Festival Standing Invitation 01/17/24
Watershed Defined What is a Watershed? 09/12/18
Wild and Scenic Federal Designation 25 Years of Wild and Scenic 09/5/18
World Series of Birding 2021 For The Birds 04/28/21

Aquatic Creatures

Black Drum Fish Drum Run 04/14/21
Blue Crab NJ DE Bayshore Coastal Delicacy 07/3/19
Catfish & recipe A Catfish Story 07/22/20
Horseshoe crab Miracle Workers 05/15/19
Lined Seahorse Diligent Dads 06/16/21
Magnificent Bryozoan (Pectinatella magnifica) Magnificent Blob 11/13/19
Schooling Strategies Schooling at Sea 01/12/22
Sturgeon, Maurice River, Bayside A Tree, A Boy and A Fish 09/4/19
Warming Waters In DE Bay Causing Species Changes Somethin’s Fishy 10/12/22
Whales Antarctica Whale of a Time 02/8/23


34 Years of Raptor and Waterfowl Survey Duck, Duck, Hawk 02/16/22
American goldfinch Golden Glory 08/11/21
American Woodcock Sky Dancers 03/6/24
Backyard Birdwatching in Winter Sitting Pretty 01/27/21
Banding - Restorative Nature of Nature Hard-Knock Life of an Osprey 02/21/24
Banding Birds - Why & History Number, Please! 12/7/23
Barn swallow Swallows Aloft 08/17/22
Belted kingfisher Angler from the Sky 02/26/20
Bird Nest Design A Bird’s Real Estate 07/1/20
Birds Staying Warm In Winter Birds Huddle 01/11/23
Black Skimmers Glide and Scoop 07/29/20
Carolina wren Sweet Homes For Carolinas 06/28/23
D. Sibley's book, "What It's Like to Be a Bird" Bird Sensibility 12/2/20
Downy Woodpecker Peek-a-Boo 04/26/23
Duck Facts Fun Facts About Ducks 11/29/23
Eagle Festival & NJ Eagle Recovery Eagle Eyes 01/22/20
Eagle Nesting/ NJ Recovery Fallen But Not Forgotten 06/14/22
Eastern phoebe Romanced by a Phoebe 03/27/24
European Travels and Vultures European Travels and Vultures Too! 07/27/22
Fall Migration on the Maurice River Migration on the Maurice 10/19/22
Flight Flying is for the Birds 09/29/21
Great Blue Heron vs. Sandhill Crane Crane or Heron? 05/10/23
Great horned owl Who Gives a Hoot? 02/6/19
Green Heron Small But Mighty 03/24/21
Helping Bird Populations Recovery Picture-Perfect… and Bird Friendly 09/27/23
Mourning Dove Symbol of Peace 08/10/22
N. American Flyways and Ducking Birding Bonanza 11/22/23
Nelson's Sparrow I Spy – with My Binocular Eye 11/30/22
Neotropical Birds/Morning Song The Dawn Chorus 05/11/22
Nesting Wild Turkey A Turkey Tale 11/27/19
Northern Gannets Gannets at a Glimpse 12/8/21
Northern harrier Northern Harrier 01/10/24
Ocean City Welcome Center Rookery New Bird 06/22/22
Osprey recovery Ospreys Back From the Brink 04/3/19
Osprey Spring Arrivals You Can’t Cancel Spring 04/1/20
Osprey Union Lake Dam Osprey Lunchbox 05/3/23
Oystercatchers Bayshore Oystercatchers 01/31/24
Penguins Antarctica Penguin Parade 02/15/23
Purple Martin Staging Area Maurice River View Purple Martins 08/1/18
Re-establishing Bluebirds True Blue 05/6/20
Red-bellied woodpeckers Winter Blush 01/26/22
Red-headed woodpecker Red-Headed Woodpecker 05/18/22
Ruby-throated hummingbird Part 1 Hum, Hum, Hummertime 06/1/22
Ruby-throated Hummingbird Part 2 More Buzz on the Hummer 06/8/22
Screech Owls Saucer-Eyed Tenants 03/6/19
Seasonal Duck of the DE Bayshore Divers and Dabblers 02/24/22
Shorebird Migration Species Declines A Shore Thing 05/26/21
Shorebird Migration/ Horseshoe Crab Spawing At a Distance 05/20/20
Snow geese Snow Geese 01/9/19
Some functions of feathers Feathers of a Bird 09/22/21
Temporal Fine Structure A Study in Bird Songs 05/1/24
Turkey Vultures and cohorts Vulture Culture 02/19/20
Waterfowl Facts Quack this Way 01/29/20
White-breasted nuthatch clutch Special Delivery 06/2/21
Wild Turkey Defense Mechanisms Talking Turkey 07/7/21
Wild Turkey Domestication Some Family Lore 11/16/22
Wild Turkey Subspecies Feathers of a Turkey 11/24/21
Wild Turkeys Let’s Talk Turkey 11/14/18
Wild Turkeys In Fall & Winter The Wild Ones 11/18/20
Wood Duck Nesting Wood Ducks 06/17/20
Wood Warblers- S. Jersey Wood Warblers 10/14/20
Yellow-rumped warbler Butter Butts 12/7/22
Young Osprey First Flights Flights of Fancy 07/17/19

Cultural History Sense of Place

'Possum drop- A twist on New Years Taxidermy Tale 12/24/19
AJ Meerwald and NJ's Oyster Industry A Book Launch 03/2/22
Art Plays a Role in Conservation Art Enlightens 03/11/20
Burcham Farm Last Diked Farm Maurice River 06/26/19
Crystal Bridges American Museum of Art Art and Nature in Harmony Part I 04/17/24
Culture In Animals How We Learn: Tools of a Culture 09/15/21
Down Jersey Cultural Engagement Down Jersey 02/17/21
Holly Farm Memories by Dan Fenton, Jr. Holly Wood in the Pines 03/31/21
Human Nature and Technology (for fun) It’s Just Human Nature 12/22/21
Ice In Our Time When Ice Was King 02/3/21
Lake Lily Cape May Pt., New Jersey Lake Lily: A Duck Haven 02/28/24
Lucy The Elephant National Landmark A Singular Attraction 08/9/23
Maurice River Origins of Names of Local Rivers Misty Maurice River 10/10/18
Mount Magazine / Eureka, Arkansas Main Event Not Eclipsed (Art and Nature Park II) 04/24/24
New Year's Eve Are You Dropping the Ball? 12/23/20
Origins of the Jersey Devil Devilish Detour? 10/30/19
Patterned Brick Homes Southern NJ Historic Gems 04/15/20
Pumpkins and Halloween Memories Halloween Ramblings 10/25/23
Stretch Garrison, Local Folklore Truth or Stretch 03/10/21
Sturgeon, Maurice River, Bayside A Tree, A Boy and A Fish 09/4/19
Thankful for Southern NJ Sunsets and More 11/15/23
Thompson's Beach, Heislerville, NJ visits Denizens of Thompson’s Beach 11/23/22
Underground Railroad Delaware Bayshore Springboard to Freedom 06/10/20
Winter Solstice Just Ahead: Brighter Days 12/14/22
Ye Greate Street & Tea Burning Monument, Greenwich, NJ Ye Greate Street, Greenwich, NJ 04/22/20

Environmental Protection Issues

Christmas Tree Farm Experience O Christmas Tree- Ramblings 12/20/23
Coastal Loss / Rising Water Living Below Sea Level 11/2/22
Connecting Habitats Across NJ CHANJ 07/21/21
Cruising Antarctica and Ice South Pole Summer 02/1/23
Environmental Benefits of Eating Plants Eat More Plants 01/18/23
Environmental Tips Let’s Go Greener 03/17/22
Ghost Traps Kill Animals Save a Terrapin 11/20/19
Going Green Limerick ‘Limerickal’ Approach to Going Greener 03/13/24
Light Pollution Starless Night Skies 10/5/22
Living with sea level rise Rising Waters of the NJ DE Bayshore 07/15/22
Minimizing Holiday Waste Waste Not 12/13/23
Reduce Litter Loving Where We Live 02/14/24
Selecting A Christmas Tree O Christmas Tree 12/4/19
Shaping Public Opinion - Climate Change Climate Change 05/8/24
Shorebird decline 2021 - Stop Killing Horseshoe Crabs A Knotty Problem 06/23/21
Wildlife and Lead Poisoning Deadly Lead 02/20/19


Acorns; from humble beginnings grows a mighty oak From an Acorn 09/25/19
Allelopathy And Past Land Use Detective Games 06/19/19
American Beech Hanging On 10/23/19
American Holly Holly Jolly 12/21/22
Asclepias tuberosa A Favorite: Milkweed 06/29/22
Autumn Foliage Shades of Autumn 10/3/18
Black Cherry Opt for Native 04/27/22
Black Gum, Nysa sylvatica Our Native Gum 09/28/22
Common and Narrow Leaf Plantain Plantain Pair 07/5/23
Cranberries Pass the Sauce 11/25/20
Cut Flowers Artful Arranging 08/2/23
Golden-club, orontium aquaticum Spring Prizes 04/8/20
Goldenrod Nothing to Sneeze At 09/11/19
Horsemint & TNC Bluffs Preserve No Bluffing 10/4/23
Indian Pipe - Monotropa uniflora Indian Pipe 10/7/20
Invasive Clematis terniflora Sweet Autumn? 09/16/20
Jewelweed, Impatiens capensis A Gem or Weed? 06/12/19
Mayapples Fleeting Flora 04/19/23
Mistletoe - Phoradendron leucarpum Kiss and Tell 12/9/20
Mountain laurel Beauty To Behold 05/17/23
Native Plants and Roadsides Roadside Vistas 07/14/21
Nodding Ladies'- Tresses Fall Bloomers 10/27/21
Oakleaf hydrangea Hosting a Southern Beauty 07/26/23
Persimmon - Diospyros virginiana Pucker Up 12/16/20
Phytolacca americana Pokeweed Beware of this Plant 11/10/21
Poison ivy The Itch 04/6/22
Prickly pear cactus, Opuntia humifusa Cactus in New Jersey? 07/20/22
Princess Pine (lycopodium) Evergreen Princess 12/17/21
Red Maple (Acer Rubrum) Sweet Memories 03/25/20
Rio Grande Cottonwood, Bosque habitat Ribbons of Willow 11/8/23
Sassafras albidum A Tree with Sass 02/22/23
Spahagnum Moss Marvelous Moss 12/12/18
Sweet pepperbush Clethra alnifolia 08/26/20
Sweetbay Magnolia Sweet and Swampy 09/13/23
The Gift of Trees CU Co-founder Berwyn Kirby 01/19/22
Tuliptree Towering Sentinel 05/24/23
Typha/Cattails Cattails and “Crooks” 07/8/20

Fungus ● Lichen ● Allies

Mycelium - mushrooms What Lies Beneath 11/4/20
Turkey Tail Fungus - trametes versicolor A Thanksgiving Tail 11/11/20
Usnea lichen Bearded One 09/30/20


Adding Native Plants to Your Garden TransGarden 04/17/19
Backyard Habitat Eat Like a Bird 02/13/19
Backyard Habitat with Container Gardening Thinking Inside the Box 08/30/23
Biodiversity Two Places, One Planet 01/30/19
Connection of Forest Community Mother Trees 10/13/21
Dead Trees as Habitat Wanted Dead or Alive 10/17/18
Exotic Animals and Plants Exotic Animals and Plants 04/10/19
Importance of snow White Christmas 12/18/19
Leaf Litter Leave the Leaves 11/17/21
Maurice River Wetlands Don’t Drain the Swamp 10/24/18
Monofilament Mind Your Line 07/31/19
Nature's Best Hope, a book by Douglas Tallamy Native Focus 07/15/20
Preserving the Holly Farm in Millville NJ Sharing the Wealth 12/11/19
Signs of spring Winter to Spring 03/15/23
Siting Wind and Solar Power Alternative Energy – Location, Location, Location 06/5/19
WheatonArts Annual EcoFair CU At the WheatonArts Ecofair 04/24/19
Wild Rice Marshes Fall Feast 09/26/18

Insects and Cohorts

Acrobat ants, insects in nature Ant Amnesty 03/18/20
Allegheny Mound Ants Mountain of an Anthill 04/12/23
Antlions Funnels of Death 11/3/21
Assassin or Wheel Bug Beware of this Bug 09/23/20
Basilica orbweaver Spiders Oh My! 09/5/23
Chiggers Having a Party? A Chiggers Gala 08/7/19
Cicada Killer Cicada Killer 09/9/21
Cicadas Brood X Cue the Chorus 04/21/21
Common Buckeye The Common Beauty 09/18/19
Daddy Longlegs Ghoulish Lore 10/18/23
Dogbane Beetle and Plant Incandescent Insect 07/19/23
Dragonflies Dragons and Damsels 08/5/20
Dung beetles Every Day is Labor Day 09/1/21
Eastern Funnel-web Spider Eight Eyes Watching 10/20/21
Fireflies - Lightning Bugs Night Light 08/12/20
Honey bees What’s the Buzz 11/1/23
Insects Specialists Native Plants Butterfly Basics 05/27/20
Lady beetles Ladylike Invasion 12/1/21
Mantid A Prayerful Post 10/6/21
Mosquito Control without sprays Scat, Skeeters! 09/14/22
Mosquito Prevention/ Life History Pesky Mosquitoes 08/14/19
Mourning Cloak/Hackberry Playing Host to Butterflies 05/31/23
O. Milman's Book The Insect Crisis Worldwide Insect Decline 09/21/22
Phantom Crane Fly (getting children out-of-doors) Phantom On the Trail 07/10/19
Red admiral butterflies Red Admiral 06/30/21
Spicebush Spicebush: A Shrub and a Butterfly 04/10/24
Spider webs Designs on Spooky 10/9/19
Spring azure Welcome, Spring 03/20/24
Tiger swallowtail Nature’s Mimics 08/25/21
Walkingstick Stick Figures 05/8/19
Wool-sower gall wasp Wooly Wonder 06/21/23
Yellowjacket wasps Yellowjacket Conflicts 08/23/23


Invasive earthworms Real Can of Worms 08/4/21
Terrestrial Snails A Snail’s Pace 08/18/21


A chipmunk's abode Let’s Get Cheeky 10/2/19
American Beaver -castor canadensis Busy Beavers 01/20/21
American mink Mink Encounters 03/9/22
Bats Halloween Icon 10/16/19
Eastern cottontail prolific breeders Cottontail 05/1/19
Eastern Coyote Coyote Lore – and Facts 10/26/22
Eastern Gray Squirrel Nutty or Wise? 12/26/18
Eastern Moles A Dog Named Blue 07/28/21
Exploring Scat The Real Poop 05/5/21
Flying Squirrel Hang Gliding 04/5/23
Gray Fox Sly as a Fox 02/10/21
Groundhogs Winter… into Spring 03/17/21
Muskrats Key Player 03/30/22
North American River Otter A Hobnob With Otters 02/24/21
Raccoon Who Is That Masked Mammal? 06/7/23
Skunks Raising a Stink 08/28/19
Virginia Opossum Oh-Possum 11/21/18
White-Footed Mouse & Christmas Chris Mouse 12/19/18
White-tailed Deer Deer Me! 10/31/18
White-tailed deer communication In the Mood 11/6/19

Natural History

A March Snapshot of the NJ Delaware Bayshore March Madness 03/23/22
Autumn on the DE Bayshore Gateway to Autumn 09/20/23
Biography of Mary Treat Reader’s Treat 11/9/22
Deception in Nature Trickery in Nature 03/29/23
Mary Treat's FL study grounds Mary’s Winters 01/25/23
Website Seasonal Natural History Calendar Eventful August 08/29/18

Recreational Opportunities

Bayshore Heritage Byway- A NJ Scenic Byway What’s Your Sign? 01/16/19
Bayshore Heritage National Scenic Byway National Recognition 03/3/21
Cox Creek WMA & Cape May Peninsula Migratory Funnel Funnel of Fun, Cox Creek WMA 04/29/20
CU's First Hike of New Year Kickoff Hike 01/2/19
Dressing for cold weather Staying Warm, Head to Toe 02/9/22
Exploring Cape May Meadows and CMP State Park Jersey’s Eastern Shore, Part III 09/7/22
Exploring Natural Areas E.B.Forsythe and South Jersey’s Eastern Shore 08/24/22
Exploring Nature Wildwood Crest and Cape May Harbor Jersey’s Eastern Shore, Part II 08/31/22
Fieldtrips with CU Tuesdays on the Fly 2019 02/28/19
Natural Lands Mauricetown Preserve Let’s Take a Hike 03/1/23
Natural Lands Tatnall Starr Trail Idyllic Retreat 05/4/22
NJ Delaware Bayshore Hikes More Winter Hikes 02/9/24
NJ Delaware Bayshore Sunsets Meow of a Sunset 04/13/22
NJ's Long Trail On the Trail 01/13/21
Open Space Use Increases During Pandemic Solace in the Storm 06/3/20
Tyndall and Ragged Island Trails Bacon’s Neck 03/8/23
Using binoculars Focus on ‘Binocs’ 04/7/21
Walking Out-of-Doors is Therapeutic Go Take a Hike 03/27/19
WheatonArts Nature Trail A Good Trail Mix 09/19/18
Winter Outdoor Appreciation Be a Winter Explorer 01/24/24

Reptiles and Amphibians

Black rat snake A Bit of Black Magic 10/28/20
Chorus frog Spring Chorus 03/22/23
Eastern Box Turtle The Box Turtle 11/7/18
Fowler's Toad Lonely Hearts? 08/16/23
Frogs - Winter Survival Freeze Frame 03/4/20
Frogs and their calls The Dating Game 05/12/20
Ghost Traps Kill Animals Save a Terrapin 11/20/19
Gray Treefrogs Cue the Chorus 05/25/22
Red Belly Turtle Brumation Red Bellied Turtles, Surviving Winter 01/15/20
Tiger Salamanders Year of the Tiger 02/2/22

Water Quality

Mercury - Dragonfly Sampling Mercury Study 08/21/19
Plastics litter oceans Bottom Dwellers 03/20/19
R. Dorer -Trees, Soil Conservation, Wetlands One Man, Many Trees 04/20/22
Residents Protecting Water Quality Enjoy the View 10/11/23
Riparian Buffers Riparian Buffers 03/13/19
Urban eco-landscape WheatonArts Circle Oasis 05/19/21
Water Quality and Conservation- Restoration Watershed Moment 09/9/20