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Kingston Greenways Association

SAVE THE DATE!

EARTH DAY CLEANUPS
Saturday, April 22, 2018

Morning session: 9 to 11 AM, Laurel Avenue and vicinity of Rockingham Historic Site. Meet at Rockingham, 84 Laurel Avenue.

Afternoon session: 2 to 4 PM, Mapleton Preserve, Cook Natural Area, areas adjacent to Mapleton, Division, Heathcote, and Ridge Roads.


RECENT EVENTS

CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT
Sunday, December 17, 2017



Leader Karen Linder had this report:
Birds were few, but the grasses and winter weeds in the seedbeds were lovely. Things livened up when the sun came out amd it warmed up a bit. Six bluebirds shining 15 feet away on the ground was a nice reward for the dry birding. Then messes of yellow rumps, cedar waxwings. We saw a fox, six deer, raccoon tracks, possible possum tracks, and some wonderful tiny bird tracks. Raptors were few--a red tail and the Barclay Square Coopers Hawk. One vulture. Four great blue herons, and a cormorant. No spectacular masses or notable numbers but a rewarding and lovely day, with 35 species total. The neatest view was of a chickadee, popping in and out of a cavity that was just his size.

2017 Christmas Bird Count Results, Kingston segment

"A WALK THROUGH KINGSTON'S RAILROAD HISTORY"
Sunday, October 22, 2017

This year's walk, co-sponsored by the Kingston Historical Society and led by railroad historian John Kilbride, did not go quite as we planned! We headed out along the former Camden & Amboy Railroad right-of-way toward Railroad Avenue, crossed Ridge Road onto the Rail Trail, and walked as far as the turn to the Cook bridge. Shortly thereafter, our guide experienced a spell which resulted in his being whisked away in an ambulance!

We are grateful to trustee Karen Linder for grabbing the baton to finish with a more traditional nature walk. A good number of participants carried on, roughly following the former Kingston Branch/Rocky Hill Railroad right-of-way to end at the Kingston Lock-tenderís House, where model builder Paul Kayne talked about and demonstrated his models of the Kingston lock and the "A" frame bridge (once at Kingston).

The good news is that John Kilbride had fully recovered by the next day, and to finish what he started, recorded this virtual tour with illustrations, lasting about sixteen minutes. A Walk through Kingston's Railroad History

KGA ANNUAL MEETING AND PROGRAM--
"SPRING ACTIVITIES OF THE LENNI LENAPE AND THEIR VILLAGES IN KINGSTON, NEW JERSEY"


Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Jim Wade, former archivist and researcher with the N.J. State Museum, discussed the significance and importance of the Indian way of life during the spring season, when these people welcomed the return of their food supply--from the waters, from the soil, and from the skies.

Please click on this link to read some highlights of Jim's presentation: Jim Wade Talk



Spearpoints from Lawrenceville, collection of Jim Wade



Grinding stones, axeheads, celts, and hoe blade from the collection of Jim Wade



EARTH DAY CLEANUP
Saturday, April 22 and Sunday, April 23, 2017

Two crews tidied up Kingston on Earth Day weekend on both the Franklin and South Brunswick sides. A six person team concentrated on Laurel Avenue and the environs of Rockingham, while twenty-seven volunteers cleaned up the areas along Railroad and Greenwood Avenues, Ridge Road, and Divison Street. We are grateful to all these good folks for giving their time and energy to make the environment safer and more beautiful for all!

Rockingham Crew:





South Brunswick Crew:









And a big thank you to Scott of The Sentinel, who turned out on a Sunday to document our activities. His "action shots" may be viewed here: Photos by Scott of The Sentinel



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