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    Rutgers University Marine Research Station nearTuckerton Threatened by Rising Sea Level

    Read on <Facebook” an article on “NJ Spotlight” <https://www.njspotlight.com/2020/03/coastal-scientists-prepare-to-retreat-from-field-station-threatened-by-rising-seas/?ct=t%28EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_03_19_2020_COPY_01%29&mc_cid=89872bc4c0&mc_eid=f8cb742be0> describes the station’s need to move due to...
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    Mason Dixon Line Re-Survey

    The article about the Mason Dixon re-survey says the stone locations will be measured using cell towers. Lotsa luck Some years ago we used cell towers to record the location of an uncommon plant in a woods near Six Flags. When wee went back and used the cell tower data they put us across a...
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    Mason Dixon Line Re-Survey

    To monument seekers, boundary line surveyors/historians, and the just curious: in 1632 English King Charles I charter to Cecil Calvert, Lord Baltimore II, for the Maryland colony established the northern boundary at 40 degrees north latitude. The 1681 charter granted to William Penn set the...
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    Barrens

    After moving to Huntingdon, PA, it turned out that we’ve left South Jersey but not the barrens. There’s a pine barrens - where I worked almost 70 years ago - State Game Lands near US322 west of State College which we plan to explore, and Appalachian Shale Barrens in several areas nearby. In fact...
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    Atlantic White Cypress

    Al, you triggered an old "itch" of mine: cedar, cypress - how do you tell them part in the field and why using scientific/Latin names cuts down the confusion. So I dug out my favorite plant manual: "Flora of Virginia" by Alan S. Weakley, 2012, which covers Pine Barrens plants pretty well...
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    Fishers

    Below is a link to an interesting article about Fishers. The article is from a blog written by Marcia Bonta, naturalist from central PA and whom my wife Ro knows quite well, having originally lived nearby. While PA, NY, WV are mentioned, NJ is not. However, the article points out that...
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    STOP!

    Bob: As you may know, Ro & I are moving to Huntingdon PA (near middle of the state) in late August so call me before then: 859-4011. Two thoughts on the subject that bear putting out for all and useful in all of life's ventures: my old racing boss Berdie Martin told me, "Never make a decision...
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    STOP!

    Bob, engineering experience might be helpful but certainly not a major factor. Two kinds of stewards: operating and judicial. I felt I was better at judicial. Both require a feeling for the rules (in the judicial role one must always read the book before making a decision) and a feeling for...
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    STOP!

    Bob: long racing resume - high points: pit steward Sebring 12 hours 1955-1965, SCCA Chief Steward 1959-20??, U.S. Steward F1 1970-1991, SCCA CanAm II Series Chief Steward*, Formula Atlantic Series Chief Steward 17 years*, CART/Champ Car Judge*. Held lots of positions in Stewarding including...
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    STOP!

    Surprised noe's pointed out it's duct tape.... used in auto racing to keep broken fibre glass bodies together....
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    Tuckerton Fish Factory

    Teagate - MANY thanks! Now it's easy to view. Some time ago one of our members urged people to stay away because the structure was structurally unsound. This picture shows how right he was.
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    Tuckerton Fish Factory

    A couple of weeks ago we were on Great Bay Blvd and the fish factory outline looked different. Ro's 600mm lens revealed the structure has come apart recently. (Dom't ask why the image is 90 degrees rotated - It was .jpeg and that wouldn't load I found out, so this is .PDF but cockeyed. sigh.)
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    Disappearing Orchids

    Good news, great pictures! Many thanks.
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    Disappearing Orchids

    Late last week Ro &I toured our end of Burlington County, looking for Pink Lady Sipper/Cyprepediumacaule. We visited a number of places including three sites at Whitesbog, including one that held a number of plants 2 years ago, one just outside Leisuretowne, one north of Tabernacle, etc. We...
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    Sycamore Plantings

    Tree water and nutrients travel thru bark and immediate layer beneath bark. Rest of trunk is dead wood. Hollow cylinder nearly as strong as solid cylinder - question is, how "nearly" compared to forces on it. But back to original questions about the practice of planting two Sycamores at the...
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    Sycamore Plantings

    Many old Burlington County homesteads had a pair of Sycamore trees planted at the entrance. What was the basis/belief for this practice? Did only Quakers do so? Why/when did the practice die out? Why only American Sycamores?
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    Ticks & Chiggers--a study

    Ro picked up a nymph less than pinhead size on Wednesday in the grassy swale between our back door and preserved woods maybe 75 feet away in northwestern Leisuretown, off Rte 70 in Southampton, Burlco. She posted on Facebook a tick article in "Over 50" health newsletter.
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    Scientists Find New Information on Rice-Killing Fungus

    Wild rice = Zizania sp? There's a few Zizania plants in the northside ditch of Smithville Rd just south of the Barker's Brook bridge in Springfield Twp, where used to live.
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    First of the season

    We saw smoke from the fire while coming north on the GSP when opposite Ocean City. When we got to New Gretna the smoke plume was huge - at that point we thought fire was in Bass River forest. Plume blew south east and over MysticIisland and out to sea.
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    First of the season

    Monday afternoon Ro & I drove down to Lake Oswego from Chatsworth. We saw freshly burned forest about 1/2 way yo the lake, on the west side of the road on Bill Hianes' property. Fire had burned out at next crossroads. There were several unmanned Asplundh orange tree service trucks on the...