May 08, 2013
The arboretum is having a featured on CBS News on the emergence of 17 year Cicadas.
Periodical cicadas live underground for 13 or 17 years as nymphs. Nymphs emerge on warm spring nights and moult into adults, leaving behind a skin. Adult males search for mates by singing and flying and females respond to males by flickng their wings. Eggs hatch in July, and the next generation of cicadas will reach adulthood in 13 or 17 years.
Check back for full story as it unfolds.
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May 03, 2013
They’re here: Cicadas are beginning to invade N.J. after 17 years at Cora Hartshorn Arboretum
They're back! Cicadas return to New Jersey After 17 years, one of the largest broods of cicadas are beginning to hatch. After emerging form the ground as nymphs the cicadas will morph into adults. The first to arrive are at the Cora Hartshorn Arboretum & Bird Sanctuary in Short Hills.
5/3/13 (Robert Sciarrino/The Star-Ledger)
MILLBURN — They’re so tiny if you blink you won’t see them move in and out of the holes they burrow in tree trunks and dirt walkways.
But environmentalists say these insects, small cicada nymphs, which will transform into adult cicadas, are starting to emerge in New Jersey.
And in about eight weeks, once the transformation is complete, the brood’s males will start chirping their distinct mating calls all over the Garden State.
Steven Melendez, a data news developer for WNYC, said he has received reports of sightings from Flanders to Westfield, Short Hills and South Orange. WNYC partnered with RadioLab to create the Cicada Tracker map to record sightings on the East Coast.
The cycle is "something to celebrate as one of nature’s miracles," he said. "It’s just something we can try to enjoy."
Vera Figueiredo, an environmental scientist and outreach coordinator at Cora Hartshorn Arboretum and Bird Sanctuary in Short Hills, said the nymphs began popping up last week.
"They’re rock stars," she said. "I think they don’t know it, but I’m sure they are."
After 17 years, one of the largest broods of cicada nymphs are beginning to hatch in New Jersey. The first to arrive are at the Cora Hartshorn Arboretum and Bird Sanctuary in Short Hills. Robert Sciarrino/The Star-Ledger
And then they swarm the skies, mate and die off, leaving behind only their offspring, which take another 13-17 years to emerge.
But despite their mysterious life cycle, many find the insects to be nuisance and have a cicada horror story or two to share.
"It should be a very noisy summer," said Judy Trigg, executive director of the Short Hills arboretum.
David Robinson, the state climatologist at Rutgers University, said he can remember cicadas swarming around him in droves in Warren County 17 years ago. He even remembers the date: June 8.
"I’m a little surprised to hear they’re out," said Robinson, who said with more sophisticated data-collecting methods scientists will be able to predict their emergence better next time around.
For now, environmentalist say they’re eagerly waiting for one of Mother Nature’s most rare and procrastinating creatures to crack from their shells and fly again.
"Soon there’s going to be hundreds of these guys everywhere," said Figueiredo, who estimated that adults will start to fly in late May or early June, as she turned over a log to reveal several slow-moving nymphs. "That’s the most amazing part."
Staff writers Stephen Stirling and Eric Sagara contributed
to this report.
May 01, 2013
The arboretum was featured on WNYC Talk Radio about the cicadas.
After 17 years in hiding, millions of cicadas will soon emerge -- covering the ground with their crunchy shells and filling the air with a very loud buzz. WNYC and Radiolab have been inviting people to track the cicadas' emergence, and this week we received the first cicada sighting from our area.
At Cora Hartshorn Arboretum in Short Hills, N.J. small holes are sprinkled along the pathways as if someone has poked their index finger into the soil. The 16-acre woods are covered with them, and cicadas have already started to come out of the holes.
"You actually see their butt first, they’re actually climbing out backwards out of the hole," said Judy Trigg, executive director of the arboretum. They've been watching the holes open up for the past three weeks, and now the first cicadas have arrived.
They spend 17-years underground, growing from larva to bug. Once they emerge, the cicadas shed their exterior shell, fly up into the trees, and begin their loud mating buzz.
Chris Simon, a professor in evolutionary biology at the University of Connecticut, has been researching different cicada broods her entire career. When she started out, she tracked them without the help of the internet, smart phones or even a laptop.
"I was typing letters to county agents on typewriters with carbon paper, I was searching for payphones out in the middle of nowhere, and I was studying protein variation rather than sequencing genomes," Simon said.
Now she has backyard scientists -- and WNYC listeners -- sending data to her website.
If you see cicadas, let us know! We're collecting reports of sightings and sharing them with Chris Simon and other cicada researchers at the University of Connecticut. To file your report, head to our cicada-spotting form.
August 23, 2012
Cora Hartshorn Arboretum (Short Hills - NJ) Supporters Turn to Innovative Fundraising Platform
Short Hills, NJ August 23, 2012 - Cora Hartshorn Arboretum (Short Hills - NJ) has partnered with San Francisco-based GoodSearch.com to enable its members to donate to the charity through casual online activity and dining out in their local area. GoodSearch.com is a fundraising platform that donates 50 percent of its profits when members search the Internet, shop online or eat at a restaurant in their GoodDining program.
Cora Hartshorn Arboretum (Short Hills - NJ) plans to raise funds to help support the woodlands through its member's online search and shopping activity with GoodSearch and will use the money to restore native plants and trees.
It is an easy way to raise funds and it is easy since people shop and search online all of the time.
GoodSearch.com is a search engine powered by Yahoo.com. When users search the Internet they earn about a penny donation for their cause. GoodShop.com is an online mall with over 2,500 major online retailers including Amazon, Best Buy, JC Penney, Macy's, Target and Walmart that donate a percentage of every purchase to charity and provide more than 100,000 money-saving coupons.
GoodDining, a partnership between GoodSearch.com and Rewards Network, is the first 365-day a year dine for charity program. A percentage of each dining check, including tax and tip, is donated to the member's charity when they dine out at any one of 10,000 participating restaurants, clubs and bars nationwide and pay with a program-registered credit or debit card.
More than 100,000 nonprofits and schools have partnered with GoodSearch.com and have raised over $8 million for charitable causes through searching the Internet and shopping online. The company is revolutionizing online philanthropy so that no one is denied the opportunity to support the causes most important to them.
"We have taken simple everyday actions, like searching and shopping, and turned them into ways people can do good with just the click of a mouse," says Scott Garell, CEO of GoodSearch and former president of Ask.com. "It's a tough economy and everyone is thinking, 'How can I give back?' GoodSearch provides an easy and meaningful way to fund causes most important to them."
April 24, 2012
Cora Hartshorn Arboretum Welcomes Appointment of New Executive Director
The Cora Hartshorn Arboretum in Short Hills, NJ today announced the appointment of Judith L. Trigg as its new Executive Director.
Ms. Trigg will assume the post as the head of the historic woodland and gardens created by Cora Hartshorn more than 90 years ago. Ms. Trigg will be responsible for the management of the day-to-day operations of the arboretum and provide executive leadership in support of the work of the Trustees. Ms. Trigg will assume her new role as Executive Director on April 30th.
For the past three years, Ms. Trigg has served as the Executive Director of the Kirkwood Camp and Conference Center, a 292-acre sleepaway and day camp for school children age K-12. She has significant experience in developing youth programs, annual giving programs and working with staff and boards. Prior to Kirkwood Camp, Ms. Trigg worked for other non-profit organizations including two YMCA camps in Blairstown, NJ and the American Camp Association. Trigg holds a Bachelors degree in Business Adminstration and Marketing from Centenary College.
“The Cora Hartshorn Arboretum has a mission to provide the community with the best in environmental education, as well as being a unique place of peace and nature. Ms. Trigg has demonstrated a passion for both missions and the board is confident she will have a long and positive impact on this organization,” said David Rosen, President of the Board of Trustees of the Cora Hartshorn Arboretum.
April 15, 2011
MILLBURN BIKE DAY
Download the flyer for more info
and join us on Sunday, May 1st from 9:30 AM – 12 PM.
A Celebration of Biking in Millburn
Events for All Ages
Bike & Helmet Safety Checks
Free Raffles & GiFs
Enjoy a beautiful bike ride through the South Mountain Reservation
Ride starts at the library at 10 AM
December 30, 2010
Green Challenge earns state award
The Millburn Green Challenge has received recognition as a Healthy and Sustainable community activity from the Governor’s office. Read more at northjersey.com
December 16, 2010
Environmental Commission and arboretum earn Governor’s Award
The partnership between the Millburn Environmental Commission and the Cora Hartshorn Arboretum has earned the Governor's Award for Sustainable & Healthy Communities.
From the NJ Department of Environmental Protection