February 2018 – Abbott Marshlands Happenings

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Hello everyone,

In case you’ve forgotten:
January 31: Super Moon
February 2: Ground Hog Day.
February 2: World Wetlands Day*; celebrate by walking one of the Abbott Marshlands trails! This year’s theme: Wetlands for a Sustainable Urban Future

Marshlands activities scheduled for February (and March 2, 3), field and TNC — something for everyone:

TNC**. First Friday Story Time.   Fridays – Feb. 2, Mar. 2. 10:30 a.m.  Gather with your little ones while our educators share a story worthy of the Abbott Marshlands, followed by a craft or activity. We’ve chosen the best stories of wildlife and history to enjoy inside or outside if the weather is nice! FREE. Donations welcome. Donations benefit the Friends for the Abbott Marshlands. Tulpehaking Nature Center, 157 Westcott Ave., Hamilton, NJ.

TNC. Art Exhibit – Second Life. Second Life an exhibit by artist Spriha Gupta explores the rich textures and colors of nature through the use of reusable items like tissue paper, magazines, tree bark, flowers, and leaves.   On exhibit until April 29th. Tulpehaking Nature Center, 609-888 3218

February 2 (Fri.). Trail Crew. 1-3 p.m. Roebling Park. To join the trail crew and to get involved with Abbott Marshlands trail stewardship, contact Jillian Stark, Mercer County Land Steward, at jsstrak@mercercounty.org or call 609-303-0718.

(A trails stewards program for the Abbott Marshlands will be announced in late February. If interested, please contact info@abbottmarslands.org.

TNC. February – Valentines for Nature – Craft Table   The month of February   Donations welcome   Stop by the nature center during open hours this month and create nature themed valentines to bring home for your friends and family, and even a “Valentine for Nature” to hang outdoors. Tulpehaking Nature Center (157 Westcott Ave., Hamilton).   Open Hours – Fri. & Sat. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Sun. noon- 4 p.m.

February 9 (Fri.), Just a Hike (Mercer County Parks program). Noon – 2:30 p.m. Spring Lake, Roebling Park. Free No theme, no focus; this really is just a hike. We may pause briefly to admire various elements of nature, but who knows what we will see or where this hike will lead us. Wear sturdy shoes and bring a water bottle. Free for adults and teens. Please register: natureprograms@mercercounty.org. Meet at Spring Lake, Roebling Park.  Take S. Broad St. to Sewell Ave.; turn onto to Sewell; drive to the end, turn left and drive down the hill to the parking lot.

February 11 (Sun.), Winter Duck Walk.  1-3 p.m.  Each winter many species of ducks flock to the wetlands and waterways of NJ, including the Abbott Marshlands.  Join expert Bill Pitman for this excursion into the marsh to view wintering waterfowl. Please dress for cold, windy weather, and bring binoculars if you have them!  For information and to register: 609 888 3218.  Meet at Spring Lake, Roebling Park.  Take S. Broad St. to Sewell Ave.; turn onto to Sewell; drive to the end, turn left and drive down the hill to the parking lot.

March 3 (Sat.), Walking in Nature, Wellness Walk. 10 am – noon. Abbott Brook Trail at Watson Woods, Roebling Park – meet at Tulpehaking Nature Center, 157 Westcott Ave., Hamilton. Guide: Kelly Rypkema.

This the first of 1st Saturday Abbott Marshlands Wellness Walks. Walks will begin promptly at 10 a.m. Locations will vary from month to month. In addition to Robert Wood Johnson Hospital – Hamilton, Friends for the Abbott Marshlands, and Tulpehaking Nature Center, these walks are cosponsored by Mercer County Park Commission, Bordentown Twp. Environmental Commission, and D&R Canal State Park.


*from Wikipedia:

World Wetlands Day occurs annually on February 2nd, marking the date of the adoption of the Convention on Wetlands on February 2, 1971.

Established to raise awareness about the value of wetlands for humanity and the planet, WWD was celebrated for the first time in 1997 and has grown remarkably since then. Each year, government agencies, non-governmental organizations, and groups of citizens at all levels of the community, have taken advantage of the opportunity to undertake actions aimed at raising public awareness of wetland values and benefits. Some of these benefits include: biologically diverse ecosystems that provide habitat for many species, serve as buffers on the coast against storms and flooding, and naturally filter water by breaking down or transforming harmful pollutants.

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*App – Abbott Marshlands Paddling Tour –free; it can be downloaded: TravelStory GPS available through the App Store and on Google Play.

Explore the Abbott Marshlands with a guide or walk or paddle the trails on your own! If you are an inexperienced paddler, not familiar with tidal rivers, you are strongly encouraged to learn with an experienced guide.

Walking trail maps are available for Roebling Park, Northern Community Park, the Bordentown Bluffs, and the D&R Canal State Park Tow Path Trail, see  njtrails.org.


Tupehaking Nature Center – 157 Westcott Ave., Hamilton, NJ:
Center hours: Fridays & Saturdays – 10 AM-4 PM, Sundays – noon – 4 PM;
other times for programs and by appointment.
Manager and naturalist –Kelly Rypkema – 609-888-3218.

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