SADDLE BROOK and ROCHELLE PARK, NJ--Greg, Naomi and I woke up early this morning to treat new nests Greg located in the Saddle River County Park/Pehle area, and several others down in the Rochelle Park area. We treated 44 eggs in nine nests. One nest was out in the river on a pile of debris that has built up alongside a fallen tree. We had to climb out on the tree to access the nest. Greg sank through some loose debris and got a bootful of mucky water. Two other nests were out on islands, but luckily the water was shallow and we were able to wade out to oil the eggs. However, we saw four other nests on islands that are inaccessible without a boat; we may have to just let those go.
More work to be done here. Tomorrow, Greg and I will go back to Rochelle Park to treat several nests we saw on the opposite (west) side of the river. Also Greg has spotted a few new nests on the east side of the river across from the Pehle area, accessible via Cali Mack parking lot off Paramus Road.
To date we have treated 74 eggs in 16 nests in the Pehle and Rochelle Park areas of Saddle River County Park. I'm sure we'll oil well over 100 by the time we're done.
Publicity Paying Off
I have received two phone calls as a result of last Sunday's Bergen Record article. One was from a woman who wanted to get involved with GeesePeace, and she has signed up for training being offered tomorrow night in Westwood.
Another was from a resident who lives on Emerald Court in Paramus, a cul-de-sac off Paramus Road across the Saddle River from the Ridgewood Duck Pond. There's a small pond at the end of the cul-de-sac that we've known about since last year. Geese are nesting on a small island in the middle of the pond, which is very difficult to access due to high retaining walls and deep water. But the resident who called said he has waders, so I'll run over there this afternoon to check things out.