Lets Talk Turkey

Happy Thanksgiving!  

A flock of Eastern wild turkeys wanders in the woods in Harrington Park.

Wild turkeys are native to North America. The eastern wild turkey (Meleagris gallopavo silvestris) is the turkey species that was encountered in the wild by the Puritans. The birds inhabit hardwood, mixed, and pine forests; in 1817 L.J.P. Vieillot first described and named the eastern subspecies using the word silvestris, meaning “forest” turkey.

Forty years ago there were no wild turkeys in New Jersey. Due to habitat changes and hunting, the eastern wild turkey population had disappeared in the mid 1800’s. In 1977 the NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife reintroduced 22 wild turkeys and started relocating them two years later…the population quickly grew 1,000 fold and there are over 25,000 wild turkeys in New Jersey and over 5 million eastern wild turkeys living in an area that covers the entire eastern half of the US down to northern Florida and extends west through Illinois and north into Canada.

Benjamin Franklin commented on the wild turkey in a letter to his daughter in 1784: “…For in Truth the Turkey is in Comparison a much more respectable Bird, and withal a true original Native of America… He is besides, though a little vain & silly, a Bird of Courage, and would not hesitate to attack a Grenadier of the British Guards who should presume to invade his Farm Yard with a red Coat on.”

For more information on turkeys, please look at a previous post:


Photo taken by Pamela Phinney in HP


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Pondside Park – looks great! Thanks to the volunteers who helped in the cleanup 11/11/17!!

On Saturday November 11, 2017, members of The Harrington Park Green Team, The Harrington Park Environmental Commission, and the Northern Valley Old Tappan High School SOPE (Save Our Planet Environmental) Club coordinated and conducted a cleanup at Pond Side Park located off Blanch Ave in Harrington Park.

The park and surrounding area is utilized for recreation and includes a baseball/lacrosse/soccer field, a paved path with exercise stations around the pond, and a fenced children’s playground.  Over 30 volunteers cleaned up the surrounding woods from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm.

In addition to traditional garbage (much of which was recyclables), a few small kitchen appliances were found – including a can opener and a mixer (!), along with an old school desk and old car parts. It was estimated that over 50 pounds of garbage was collected and will be properly disposed. The groups plan to coordinate another cleanup in the spring.

Theresa Hazelton – EC vice chair

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Save the date! Pondside Park cleanup 11/11/2017

Save the date! Join us on Saturday, November 11th at Pondside Park to clean up the woods surrounding the pond, fields and road. The cleanup runs from 9am – noon. Gloves and bags and grabbers will be provided. Come when you can (but we would love to know who will be coming and for how long).  Please email hpgreenteam@gmail.com

Thank you! from the HP Green Team and Environmental Commission

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BCUA Recycling Event – Sunday October 22: paper shredding, tires, electronics

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Swiftreach message from HP Borough Hall:

“We would like to remind everyone that when it comes to curbside recycling to please not mix recyclable materials in with household garbage. Cardboard, unless soiled, should always be put out with recycling, never with the trash. If you have any large metal type of items for disposal, such as appliances, electronics, old workout equipment, etc, to please contact the Borough DPW for special curbside pickup at 201-768-0944. Also we ask that instead of trashing it, think about donating items that can be used again. Every pound of trash that does not go into the landfill saves the Borough money, and reduces what we have to pay in extra fees.”

Also, Please mark your calendar and join the Environmental Commission and Green Team for a Clean-Up at Pondside Park on November 11, 2017-9am-help keep HP Clean and Green!

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Pollinator Garden

The HP Green Team and Environmental Commission are working on plans for a pollinator garden to be planted in Harrington Park in the spring of 2018. Join us at our next Green Team meeting – Wednesday, November 1st at 7:30pm and/or email hpgreenteam@gmail.com if this is something you might be interested in helping with.

You may wish to promote pollinator awareness with these beautiful stamps, currently available at the HP Post Office!

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Hazardous waste collection dates – two remaining in 2017 **OCTOBER 15th and NOVEMBER 18th**

There are two remaining hazardous waste collection dates in 2017: Sunday, October 15th and Saturday, November 18th.

The Bergen County Utilities Authority (BCUA) is responsible for wastewater treatment for forty-seven Bergen County municipalities and solid waste management services for all seventy Bergen County municipalities.

The BCUA’s solid waste programs such as the household hazardous waste collection, electronic recycling, and school education programs have benefited the environment of Bergen County by reducing the amount of hazardous waste and electronics entering the waste stream and educating thousands of children of the benefits of recycling and source reduction.

Information from the BCUA website – http://www.bcua.org/

This is a link for a pdf with more information and directions to the collection sites: http://www.bcua.org/vertical/Sites/%7BF76805AC-71CD-427F-AD9B-9E08876F224A%7D/uploads/2017_hhw_events.pdf

The photo is of the information board at the recycling center

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