Saturday, May 1, 2021

Earth Day/ Green Fair

On Saturday-1-May the Ridgefield Park  Environmental Commission hosted their annual Earth Day  Green Fair event. This took place at Riverfront Park on the banks of the Hackensack River.  Through -out the park area there were a number of informational table set up to answer question and give advice on how to create and live a more environmental friendly life. Theses included  Ridgefield Park  Environmental Commission, Bergen County Mosquito Control Board, Sustainable Jersey and others. The Hudson River Fisherman’s Association provided fishing poles and guidance to anyone who wanted to try their hand at casting a line into the Hackensack River.  There was also an archery range set up near the Wanda Canoe  club building to introduce the skill of the sport to people.  Live Music by Mark Rust was played through-out the event.
    The Hackensack Riverkeepers  ran pontoon boat rides on the river. The cruises would go from the Dillard Bridge, connecting Hackensack and Bogota, then the boat traveled to just short of the New Jersey Turnpike Bridge near Carlstadt. The trip was narrated by Captain Bill Sheehan.  Captain Bill  talked about the improving conditions on the river and how some of the industries along the shore are working with The Hackensack Riverkeepers to insure the health of the waterway. He would also point out the old and new sights along the shore, and slow the boat down in-order to view Eagles and Ospreys in flight. Captain Bill would also answer questions about that was near and in the river.
   At the Department of  Public Works garage an area was set up for live shows and demonstrations. The participating organization were from “Mad Science” which showed how different physical, and chemical  substances will interact with each other.  The Tenafly Nature Centre’s Ms. Chris Holstrom presented a few example of type of wildlife in the state of New Jersey. She carried a snake around so people can obtain a closer look. She also had a turtle which was available  to be gentle petted. The next presenter was Mr Joe D’Angeli  from Wildlife Education and Conservation Center of New Jersey.  He took most of the presentation talking with,  and answering questions,  about all type of bats. He explain all the benefits a strong and steady bat population contributes to a healthy environment.  The highlight of his show was to allow the Students, both young and old, a chance to feed the bats he brought along.
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