State Forest Events Spotlight Coyotes and Perseid Stars

Aug 02, 2017

Coyotes are everywhere, sneaking a munch from your cat’s bowl, drinking from your fountain or birdbath and skipping through nighttime traffic unnoticed. On Saturday, Aug. 5 at the Bass River State Forest pavilion, New Jersey Department of Protection biologist Andrew Burnett will give a talk titled “The Coyote in New Jersey.” The presentation delves into the history and management of coyotes in New Jersey while it debunks myths surrounding this elusive canine.

The free program begins at 8 p.m. in the Lake Absegami breezeway. Insect repellent, a flashlight and something to sit on are recommended. The venue is ADA accessible. Donations to the Bass River State Forest Interpretive Program are welcome.

And if you are looking for a nice, dark location to view the Perseid meteor shower, Bass River State Forest is hosting a free Meteor Shower Watch starting Saturday Aug. 12 from 11 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Sunday morning. Join volunteer “astronomy guide” Wayne Vogel at the Lake Absegami beach to view the Perseids. If canceled, make-up night is Aug. 13.

Meteor showers occur when the Earth passes through dust released by a comet. Several dozen meteors have been seen in previous years and often the International Space Station is visible.

Vogel will also have artifacts on display from Mexican pilot Emilio Carranza’s plane crash that occurred July 1928 in what is now Wharton State Forest.

For your comfort bring a blanket or reclining chair; telescopes and binoculars are not necessary. Cloudy skies will force cancellation. 

The Bass River Forest office is located at 726 Stage Rd. in Bass River Township.  —P.J.

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