GSWA's Across the Watershed...In Brief
November 2013
Do unto those downstream as you
would have those upstream do unto you.

-Wendell Berry, speech delivered to
Washington National Cathedral's Earth Day Forum,
Washington, D.C., 22 April 2012

GSWA Receives Water Testing Grant
Credit: L. Kelm
GSWA water quality testing volunteer Bill Marshall on the Upper Passaic. May 2012.
The Great Swamp Watershed Association is pleased to announce that it has been named as a recipient of a 2013-14 Watershed Institute Grant. The Watershed Institute Grant Program is made possible by the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.

GSWA will use the $15,000 award to expand its water quality testing program. The additional resources will allow us to perform quarterly chemical tests on each of the five major streams of the Great Swamp Watershed over the course of the same year. It also will afford us an opportunity to take samples from those streams after storm events.

Thank you to The Watershed Institute and its funders for providing us with this special opportunity!
Watershed Moments
Care2Share Affinity Program, Investors Bank

GSWA Joins Investors Bank Care2Share Program

The Great Swamp Watershed Association (GSWA) is pleased to announce that the organization  has partnered with Investors Bank and its Care2Share Affinity Program to offer you a new way to help protect New Jersey's Great Swamp Watershed.

Investors customers who link their accounts to GSWA will help the organization earn regular donations from the bank. Each donation will be calculated as a percentage of the average balance maintained in each linked customer account. It's as simple as signing up, and it doesn't cost a dime! And, don't worry, we won't know who has linked to us or have access to any account information.

You can learn more about Care2Share at GSWA's Meet & Greet event in Madison on Nov. 21 (see Upcoming Events). Or, you can call (973) 538-3500 for more information. An information packet also is available online at
Credit: A. Kaufman
GSWA Executive Sally Rubin poses in costume in front of the Spooky Swamp Walk theme banner, November 25, 2013.
A Halloween Success Story!

GSWA's 2013 Spooky Swamp Walk drew more than 200 people to the organization's Conservation Management Area in Harding Township on Friday, October 25.

Most of those in attendance were new to the Great Swamp Watershed Association and its mission to protect the waters and land of this region. So, the opportunity to introduce ourselves and our much-loved CMA to so many new faces was both an honor and a thrill. In fact, one family was so inspired by Spooky Swamp they came back to the CMA two days later to experience it in the daylight! And, they brought two other new families along for the ride! Who could ask for a better recommendation or vote of confidence?

GSWA would like to thank everyone who showed up to enjoy the spectacle. We hope you return again next year (with friends) as we continue to grow and improve this fun, outdoor event.

Special thanks go out to Anand Bannerjee of Morristown. This fine young man brought his entire birthday party--17 kids and adults--to the Spooky Swamp Walk. And, in lieu of birthday gifts, he asked all of his friends to make donations to GSWA! Wow! We are humbled and impressed!

We send out some extra special thank-yous to those who made donations and volunteered their time to Spooky Swamp--

Once again, the Northern New Jersey Cachers, under the leadership of President John Neale, proved to be invaluable event partners helping with setup, take-down, execution, and promotion.

Three Meadows Farm and Gary Rupert (Bedminster, NJ) generously donated hay bales, corn stalks, and other impressive decorations.

GSWA Advisory Council member Cathie Coultas and GSWA friend Lois Wolkowitz generously made and served an expanded table of delectable goodies for this year's refreshment table.

The Pingry School School-wide Community Service Program (Basking Ridge) supplied an excellent group of volunteers who helped us set up on Friday. The school also put us in touch with the talented artists who painted the new carnival cutouts for our popular photo booth.

And this year we had a veritable army of individual volunteers--costumed scarers, decorators, tour guides, registration-table staffers, and so on--without whom the festivities would not have been possible.

Thanks to one and all!
In Case You Missed It...
From []: GSWA's Director of Outreach and Education Hazel England recently assisted with the installation of a rain garden at Southern Boulevard School in Chatham Township. (The school regularly participates in GSWA's Watershed Model program.) The Township secured funds for the project by winning in the "civic group" category of The Nature Conservancy's Show Us Your H2O contest. Bernardsville High School won the same contest in the "school" category after a group of AP Environmental Science students submitted a presentation they created for GSWA this past spring. Read the Article
Did You Know?
Wild turkeys (Meleagris gallopavo) -- two males and one female. Credit: (Teddy Llovet)
The Wild Turkey: Largest Game Bird in North America
by Jim Northrop

In a couple of weeks, Americans will celebrate Thanksgiving Day. For many of us this will mean gathering the extended family for a tasty dinner. Often the centerpiece of the menu is a large roasted turkey.

Usually, the turkeys we serve have been domestically bred and raised on a turkey farm. We often forget, however, that wild turkeys once roamed widely in the New Jersey area, and that hunting them was a favorite sport.

The wild turkey (Meleagris gallopavo) is the largest game bird in North America, and they are very different from the domestic turkey. In fact, the domestic turkey weighs about twice as much as a wild turkey, and most are so heavy that they are not able to fly. Wild turkeys, on the other hand, spend their nights in the low branches of trees, and to do this they must be able to fly.

Wild turkeys typically live in the wooded areas of eastern and southern North America. They spend most of their days foraging for food, like acorns, seeds, small insects, and wild berries.

Because of their popularity for holiday feasting, the wild turkey may be the most famous bird in North America. In fact, Benjamin Franklin wanted to make the wild turkey--not the Bald Eagle--the national bird of the United States!

Where did the wild turkey get its name? When the Spanish first encountered the bird in the Americas more than 400 years ago, they took it back to Europe. The English mistook it for a bird they had been calling a "turkey," so they gave it the same name. That other type of turkey--the "original" turkey--was actually from Africa. The English brought that bird to Britain by way of the country of Turkey, and somewhere along the line the name "turkey" stuck. Even after they realized their mistake, the English never bothered to change the bird's name.

Wild turkey hunting is legal today during short, week-long seasons in April and November. Hunters must have proper licenses, as well as the permission of a land owner in order to hunt. Importantly, turkey hunters must report their all of their kills to the state, and they are limited to collecting only one wild turkey of either sex each day.

One may not hunt wild turkey inside the Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge. The Refuge has an ongoing and successful program to restore the wild turkey population in this part of New Jersey.
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Upcoming Events
Wilderness Hike, 11/16

10 a.m. to Noon. Sorry! This one's SOLD OUT! Crisp air and the last of fall's fireworks display await as you follow one of the less-travelled paths through the Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge's Wilderness Area.
Learn more here!
Meet GSWA, 11/21

4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Stop by Investors Bank at 16 Waverly Street in Madison, NJ. Meet GSWA's staff and members of the Board of Trustees. Learn more about our programs, and how you can support our work through the Investors Bank Care2Share Affinity Program. Refreshments will be served.
Learn more here!
Volunteers Needed at the CMA, 12/1

9 a.m. to 1 p.m. GSWA's post-Thanksgiving volunteer day returns for another year! Help us maintain and improve access to our 55-acre Conservation Management Area (CMA) located in Harding Township.
Learn more here!
Water n' Wine, 12/4

5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The party is FREE, but you must bring a friend! GSWA is holding a tasting party, and we want you to come sample a variety of waters (e.g., local, bottled, and city) and wines. You'll cast your vote for Best Water Source, and enjoy some tasty hors d'oeuvres with the vino. Watch your email for details coming soon.
Call (973) 538-3500 for info.
Upcoming Events
Hops for Hawks, 11/20

Help our friends at The Raptor Trust in Millington, NJ, recover from the devastation wrought by a severe thunderstorm on Oct. 7. Lots of bird enclosures need to be rebuilt! Stop by Morris Tap & Grill for a beer and some excellent food between 5PM and 9PM, and they will donate a portion of what you spend to the Trust's recovery efforts. See you there!
Learn more here!
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For more than 30 years, the Great Swamp Watershed Association has been dedicated to protecting and improving water resources New Jersey's Great Swamp Watershed region. We do this by monitoring and maintaining streams and open space, advocating for intelligent land use and environmental policy, and educating communities about water and its effect on the health and natural beauty of the local environment.

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