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The glorious jewel-like richness of an iridescent Common Grackle when the sun is just right.


No longer only New Jersey, but anywhere on Earth…and beyond!

We are absolutely passionate about all things of nature, science and the environment, and wish to share that knowledge and passion with you.


Live Webcams

  1. BulletJackson Hole, WY

  2. BulletSabel-palm, TX

  3. BulletYosemite falls LIVE!  

  4. BulletHummingbird cam 

  5. BulletUnderwater live   sealife cam from the Channel Islands

  6. BulletOsprey Nest (in season)

  7. BulletWolf Cams


This is YOUR Earth.*

Make every day


  1. BulletJoin a nature or environmental group.

  2. BulletPlant a tree.

  3. BulletClean up a stream or field.

  4. BulletWatch birds or butterflies or dragonflies.

  5. BulletTake pictures of flowers, trees and blossoms.

  6. BulletGo on a hike.

  7. BulletTake a child with you when you explore something or somewhere new.

  8. BulletLearn about global warming and how it affects us in New Jersey.

  9. BulletCelebrate the rain or snow.

  10. BulletLearn about wildflowers or butterflies.

  11. BulletLove the change of seasons.

  12. BulletDo something!

  13. BulletLearn something new about nature.

  14. BulletTeach children about nature.

  15. BulletMAKE everyday EARTH DAY!

This is the only Earth we have. There are NO spare parts or warranties…anywhere.

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* “This is Your Earth” is a phrase we have used since this website began in 2004. Coincidentally, it is also the name of  a book by Gary Ewen and Jane Ann Cantwell. Click HERE to see their wonderful book.

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‎"In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks." -- John Muir
“Our task must be to free ourselves... by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and it's beauty.” ― Albert Einstein

A magnificent video…”Mountains in Motion”. Watch i!

Please click HERE to see David Attenborough’s GREAT 2 minute video:

“What a Wonderful World.”


A stunningly beautiful time-lapse video of NORWAY.

This will make you wish to be there…right now!

The Pale Blue Dot


From Michio Kaku (so you know this is worth reading!)

"Instead of being overwhelmed by the Universe, I think that perhaps one of the deepest experiences a scientist can have, almost approaching a religious awakening, is to realize that we are children of the stars, and that our minds are capable of understanding the universal laws that they obey. The atoms within our bodies were forged on the anvil of nucleo-synthesis within an exploding star aeons before the birth of the solar system. Our atoms are older than the mountains. We are literally made of star dust. Now these atoms, in turn, have coalesced into intelligent beings capable of understanding the universal laws governing that event." ~ Michio Kaku

Revering the Universe. Caring for Nature. Celebrating Life.

Join the World Pantheist Movement!

From Rich Wolfert (so you might want to read this, too).

Nature, science, and discovery are powerful motivators and attractors that can addict us. We hunger to learn more. We love to see the new…and so often, it's so beautiful that it brings tears to our eyes, and cause us to sigh deeply in wonder and amazement. The quest for knowledge, the very act of discovery to better know the universe, our planet, nature, and ourselves, feeds upon itself ever so wonderfully. This is another magnificent obsession, our obsession, and most of us would never apologize for how it adds to our lives. BECAUSE of this, we are the lucky ones.

A message from Mother Nature. This is a very important short video that must be understood by all.


We support and are proud to share photos and timely information from the very excellent



  1. “The good thing about science is that it’s true whether or not you believe it.”                        -  Neil deGrasse Tyson

• “When I hear of the destruction of a species I feel just as if all the works of some great writer had perished,"

                                - wrote Theodore Roosevelt in a letter to Museum ornithologist Frank Chapman in 1899.

We do not inherit the Earth from our Ancestors, we borrow it from our Children.                               - David Brower

• "Treat the earth well: it was not given to you by your parents, it was loaned to you by your children.

- Attributed as an ancient Native American proverb or as a Kenyan proverb.    

• “When observing nature, chance favors the prepared mind…”                                                   Louis Pasteur, 1854

  1. “I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in order.”                             - John Burroughs

  2. Every child is born a naturalist. Their eyes are, by nature, open to the glories of the stars, the beauty of flowers and the mysteries of life.                                                                                                    - R. Search (a pen name)

  3. “When a distinguished scientist states that something is impossible, he is very probably wrong”    - Arthur C. Clarke

Sunday, March 18, 2017

  1. BulletAdded an excellent image to the Sky & Space page, in 2 versions. The first is unannotated and the second has numerous visual embellishments to help those new to the night sky. Also, note the satellite that was caught inadvertently. Also included how the image was captured.

Thursday, March 15, 2017

  1. BulletAdded a wonderful quote by Stephen Hawking to the Sky & Space page. 

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

  1. BulletWe don’t like to wax political on Naturenotes, but why is this administration making it harder and harder to protect animals that are already under significant pressure to survive? In this case, the Lynx.  Washingtonpost 

  2. BulletHow about some archeology? Seems early civilization was not quite what has been popularly believed for decades. It may be earlier and more complex.  smithsonianmag 

  3. BulletLearn about the amazing naturalist John Muir. We used one of his quotes (one that touches us deeply) on the Alaska Land Page.

  4. BulletFrom the NYTimes, a hummingbird that chirps like a…cricket! With sound!

Monday, March 5, 2017

  1. BulletAdded Yellow Jessamine to the Wildflower FG

Sunday, February 18, 2017

  1. BulletJust now added several excellent resources to the Wildflower Field Guide

Monday, February 26, 2017

  1. BulletAdded several animals to the Miscellaneous Wildlife FG.

Thursday, February 22, 2017

  1. BulletAdded the beautiful Trailing Phlox (Phlox nivalis) wildflower, from South Carolina, to the Wildflowers Field Guide.

Tuesday, February 20, 2017

  1. BulletAdded 4 moths to the Moth FG (from last night’s observations, all of which were already represented from NJ, but were firsts (for for Georgia in February.

  2. BulletMade numerous fixes to the Moth FG pages, correcting number totals and adding in missing links to the Info. page at Bugguide.

Monday, February 19, 2017

  1. BulletToys of ancient children, hiding in plain sight.  Sciencenews  

  2. BulletA look inside the world’s coldest city.  NationalGeographic  

  3. BulletSolar jobs fall for the first time in almost 8 years. We know why, don’t we? It was a sloppy hit job against an industry that is helping not hurting.  ecowatch

  4. BulletHow a 1,000 mile hike helped shape our National Park Service  mentalfloss 


A sampling of the MANY photos that appear in the numerous sections of (New Jersey) NATURE NOTES.

Courtesy of the Science Is Awesome Facebook page.

Website first published as New Jersey Nature Notes on 12/28/2004

For much more weather, click HERE for the Weather Page.


Click HERE to find out.

       © Richard Wolfert - 2017        

Photos from Winter in Savannah, GA, 2018 - Updated 2/8/18


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  1. BulletFRONT PAGE

  2. BulletBIRDS & BIRDING  

  3. Bullet    The Birds of Israel, 10/2013

  4. Bullet    RGVBF Texas Birding, 11/2014

  5. BulletWEATHER  


  7. BulletTHE BACK PAGE 



  1. BulletBIRDS of NORTH AMERICA..(426)

  2. BulletVol. 1 (1-161)......(86)

  3. BulletVol. 2 (166-406)....(74)

  4. BulletVol. 3 (407-571)....(82)

  5. BulletVol. 4 (572-791)....(85)

  6. BulletVol. 5 (792-994)...(101)

  7. BulletBUTTERFLIES....(54)

  8. BulletDRAGON & DAMSELFLIES (31)

  9. BulletINSECTS....(151)

  10. BulletMOTHS #s 0001-4702  

  11. BulletMOTHS #s 4703-7648 (477)

  12. BulletMOTHS #s 7649-12233 

  13. BulletWILDFLOWERS......(78)

  14. BulletMISC. WILDLIFE......(3)

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