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GOVERNOR CHRISTIE SIGNS OPEN SPACE BILL

in the late hours of Thursday, June 30th, Governor Christie signed the new open space bill, S2456 into law! As the fiscal year begins, desperately needed funding will at last be released for open space, farmland, and historic preservation, and also for Blue Acres and for stewardship. Thanks to all who helped to get this implementing legislation across the finish line!
BLACK BEAR SEEN IN KINGSTON!

Yes, over the weekend of June 11-12, a black bear was observed making its way through a section of woods bordering Church Street. Black bears have been sighted in every county in New Jersey, and with increasing frequency. Please take a moment to read this important advisory from New Jersey's Division of Fish and Wildlife.

Know the Bear Facts



KGA ACTIVITIES AND OTHER EVENTS


KINGSTON FEST
Sunday, August 7, 2016--1 to 5 PM
Yinghua School, 25 Laurel Avenue, Kingston (corner of Laurel and Union Street)

Among other things, this community gathering will be a chance to celebrate the saving of the Laurel Avenue School, and its debut as the Yinghua School, opening this fall. Read about the building's history, the restoration and funding partners, and the Yinghua School here: Kingston's Historic Laurel Ave School to Get a New Life

Kingston Greenways Association, Friends of Princeton Nursery Lands, and the KIngston Historical Society and other local groups will have displays. There will be live music and dance performances, arts and crafts, games, sports, a petting zoo, and recue animals available for adoption. Food will be provided by Kingston eateries--Eno Terra, Gennaro's, The Pind, Dolceria Gelato, the Kingston United Methodist Church's Feed Truck, and others.



RECENT EVENTS


ANNUAL MEETING AND TALK ON SNOWY OWLS

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Jean-François Therrien Ph.D, a Senior Research Biologist at Hawk Mountain Sanctuary in Orwigsburg, PA, has been studying snowy owls in the Arctic for more than a decade with a team of scientists from Laval Université, Québec. He explained how satellite telemetry has provided some insight into the lives of these unusual creatures.



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

Some of the things we learned:
~Snowy owls are a top predator in the Arctic. They have a wingspan of 4-5 feet, weigh up to 5 pounds, 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, but they will also prey on seabirds.
~Unlike other migrating birds, snowy owls are not predictable. They do not travel together, nor do they fly to fixed endpoints. This is the reason for Therrien's description of them as "nomads of the north."
~Snowy mothers may lay an average of seven eggs over a period of fourteen days, which hatch sequentially.
~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.

For more information, please visit the web sites below:
Hawk Mountain
Project Snowstorm

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