NOTES FROM A MUSKY TRAIL HIKER #2: My, What Big Leaves You Have

It’s less like exercise, and more like exploration. Each week I will share some biology observations from my hike on the Musconetcong Wildlife Management Area trail in Asbury. As I hike the Musky Trail, I wage a one-woman battle to keep the hiking path clear of skunk cabbage, which at this stage, I appear to be losing. I look down in awe, and like Little Red Riding Hood, think to myself, “my, what big leaves you have!” The growing season for most things is still barely underway, but the skunk cabbage leaves are already up to 18 inches long and 12 inches wide. That’s impressive for a ground plant. But why? Well, if the scent of a skunk cabbage is its most memorable attribute, its leaves are n

Comeback Farm

Today the public’s concerns about social distancing have generated considerable interest in avoiding supermarkets and instead shopping at local farms. Comeback Farm, a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) establishment, located in the fertile Musconetcong Valley, has seen substantial greater demand for their fresh, organic farm produce. The farm, owned by Mark Canright and Amy Hansen, encompasses 42 acres just outside of Asbury in Hunterdon County. Mark and Amy purchased the farm in 2003 and gradually established a successful farm enterprise in this bucolic location. To reduce labor costs, Mark and Amy have joined forces with three other business partners. Dean Buttacavoli and Emily Sto

Notes from a Musky Trail Hiker #1: A Plug for Slugs

It’s less like exercise, and more like exploration. Each week I will share some biology observations from my hike on the Musconetcong Wildlife Management Area trail in Asbury. This morning I observed slugs hanging out on skunk cabbage leaves. Being… well… slugs, they were easy to photograph. A good first subject. Let’s see…what do I know about slugs? The first thing that came to mind was an old joke I heard years ago – that slugs are snails who have gone through a divorce. “Yep, she got the house.” They are both mollusks, but the slug is not disadvantaged by a lack of shell. A shell slows down a snail; whereas, the slug can zip around and slide into small crevices. Their main surviva

Good Reads and Online Learning: Musconetcong Origin Stories

Whether you’re busy homeschooling or have some time on your hands, we’ve got something for you to learn about the Musconetcong watershed. If you are interested in learning more about our River, here are three reading tips for you. Or, if you need to change up your online learning and homeschooling routine, look for the Children’s Online Learning section below. Either way, if you like origin stories, or learning why the watershed looks the way it does today, these books and online resources are great starting points. “The Musconetcong Valley of New Jersey” by Peter O. Wacker (1968), is the go-to book for explaining the settlement patterns of the Musconetcong watershed by European colonists

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Asbury, NJ 08802

The Musconetcong Watershed Association (MWA) is an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to protecting and improving the quality of the Musconetcong River and its Watershed, including its natural and cultural resources.

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