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Come join us for an incredible journey through the NJ Meadowlands wildlife area.

Our MEADOWLANDS DISCOVERY chartered cruise will take participants on an excursion through the tidal reaches of the Hackensack River and its wildlife-rich estuary, the Meadowlands. The shallow draft of our boats enables us to visit numerous wetlands including Bellman's Creek, the Mill Creek Marsh, Kingsland Creek and the Berry's Creek Canal; but the highlight of every Meadowlands Eco-Cruise is a trip through the Sawmill Creek Wildlife Management Area – the “The Jewel of the Meadowlands”. The Sawmill WMA is home to a staggering amount of wildlife including shorebirds, waterfowl, herons, raptors, muskrats and more.

Our boat has a capacity of 13 people but we're limiting participation to only 10 people to make sure we have ample room to maneuver for photographing.

Our departure time time will coincide with an ebbing tide to enhance our chances to photograph birds feeding.

 

Our craft will be captained by either Capt. Hughie or Capt. Bill

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our Eco-Cruise and educational tours of the Hackensack River and the NJ Meadowlands aboard Hackensack Riverkeeper's specially-rigged pontoon boats, the Robert H. Boyle and the Edward Abbey. Captain Bill Sheehan started our Eco-Cruise program in 1994 to increase awareness of the lower Hackensack River watershed as a vital natural and recreational resource. Since then more than 25,000 people have traveled with us. Eco-Cruises generally take between 2 and 2 1/2 hours and are fully narrated by a US Coast Guard-licensed Captain.

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  • Carole L.

    Lynn, you have some neat images! I'm going this Sunday morning, and am wondering what lens you primarily used. . .

    August 21, 2013

    • Lynn L.

      Carole, I used a Canon[masked]mm zoom. If you want birds bring the longest lens you have. The short end of the zoom will work for the bridges and waterway shots. If you have a crop camera you may also want to bring something in the 35-50mm range. Lynn

      August 21, 2013

    • Carole L.

      Thanks! Will bring my 1-400 and 24-105. See you in September. . .

      August 22, 2013

  • Lynn L.

    OK. I broke down and posted at reduced definition.

    August 21, 2013

  • Elaine W.

    We were wondering what happened to you as well ... no sign of your boat not even the wake.

    August 19, 2013

    • Barbara

      U didn't hear? We found Jimmy Hoffa.

      August 19, 2013

  • Lynn L.

    This trip would have been great even if I didn't have a camera.
    I am reluctant to post my photos because the site policy is unacceptable. I do not wish to give up rights to my images. I will post on flickr.

    August 19, 2013

    • Lynn L.

      if you go to the very bottom of the page and click on Privacy & Terms you will find: 2.3. We may use for promotional, sales or any use that we consider appropriate your correspondence with us or photographs submitted for publication on our website, be it via email, postings on our website, or feedback via the member polls. Our use of such materials is consistent with the restrictions on disclosure of Personally Identifiable Information set forth in Section 3. ** I take this to mean they can do anything they want with our images.

      August 19, 2013

    • Linda K.

      I did read that as well. I took it to mean that they can publish our images (which I do not like), but that we still own the rights to the image. On first reading of your original comment, I thought you meant that we were giving up the rights to our images. . .period. You were probably referring to the fact that they can use images that we post. In future I'll try to be cognizant of image size and try to post images that can't be enlarged very much. Thanks for your input, Lynn.

      August 19, 2013

  • Renate S.

    Captain Bill Sheehan was fantastic. He told us so much about the area. And we even saw a bald eagle! I'll definitely will go again.

    August 19, 2013

  • Ken F.

    Great to meet everyone on yesterday's boat ride through the Meadowlands. It was a really nice morning, and I plan to do that again. Btw, where in the world did you people who came back later go? There was no trace of you! ;-)

    August 19, 2013

    • Linda K.

      Well, Ken, after Capt. Bill took us to see the osprey chicks (they were so-o cute), he took us to the spot where the bald eagles feed.

      August 19, 2013

    • Linda K.

      Didn't mean to send that out before telling you that, no, we didn't really see those things -- he just made an extra loop-the-loop back in the refuge area and tried to get in a little closer to the marsh grass with the hope of catching something interesting.

      August 19, 2013

  • Rich D.

    Great trip. I think the "later" people got some great images.

    August 19, 2013

  • H. Denis M.

    The captain was very helpful spotting wildlife. There were many opportunities for wildlife photos. It was interesting to see the NYC skyline from this vantage point.

    August 18, 2013

    • Barbara

      Denis, took a quick look at my photos and I think I actually have a direct on shot of you looking at me. Will email you the photo some time this week when I've had a chance to dig into them.

      August 18, 2013

  • Barbara

    Thoroughly enjoyed myself. Had hoped for better weather but was still enjoyable. Thanks for putting it together!

    August 18, 2013

  • Lani

    The cruise was really amazing. I was a little disappointed in the dark cloudy morning, but otherwise it rocked! I am seriously considering doing the cruise again in hopes of brighter weather. Maybe in the fall when the leaves start changing.

    August 18, 2013

  • H. Denis M.

    Martin, please add my name to the waiting list for a future trip if you are able to schedule something.

    May 17, 2013

    • Martin J.

      Denis, I've signed you up and marked you as paid. The fee is $40.00 and you can give me cash or a check on Sunday. I'll send you details, shortly, about where and when to meet.

      August 15, 2013

  • Connie P.

    Any chance of scheduling another. .. maybe in sept?

    August 12, 2013

    • Martin J.

      Connie,

      We currently have two dates with 3 boats scheduled. I want to see how they go before making that decision. Also, I don't know and need to check on the movements of migratory birds. September may or may not be a good month to see birds in the Meadowlands.

      Marty

      August 12, 2013

  • Glenda E. J.

    This trip sounds awesome. Please add my name for a future trip if possible. Thank you.

    August 1, 2013

    • Martin J.

      Glenda, There are two trips and you didn't say which one you want to go on. Further, I suggest that you sign up for the one you're interested in and since both trips are sold out, you're name will be put on a wait list. In that way, you'll be notified if and when space becomes available.

      August 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Martin unfortunately I need to cancel.

    May 16, 2013

  • Elaine W.

    The low vantage point towards the NYC skyline will be awesome.

    May 14, 2013

  • Lani

    This is very exciting. I recently discovered DeKorte Park through the Bergen County Audobon Society - there were some great shots of the wetlands, birds & the NYC skyline to be had there & I'm looking forward to this trip and getting to meet some new people.

    May 13, 2013

  • Elaine W.

    Every time I ride the NJ Tpke I look at those meadows and wonder how one would get down there....now I know. Great idea Marty.

    May 12, 2013

  • Greg

    Hi Martin,

    Is this a rain or shine event?

    May 12, 2013

    • Martin J.

      Greg, They will not run the tour in the rain or under any other circumstances that they deem dangerous. However, the issue is that our payment is non-refundable even if they cancel. However, if they do cancel then we can use our payment towards a trip in the future without any expiration date. In actuality, if we have to cancel, we will try to book ASAP.

      May 12, 2013

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