Mushroom Foraging Walk with Wildman Steve Brill

May 4, 2024


The Demarest Nature Center Association

 “We don’t stop hiking because we grow old,
we grow old because we stop hiking.

~Finis Mitchell

Keep an eye out for this magnificent tree
that is often overlooked but full of beauty and utility

~ Jeff Shaari

 “We don’t stop hiking because we grow old,
we grow old because we stop hiking.

~Finis Mitchell

Welcome To The Demarest Nature Center

The Demarest Nature Center is located in Demarest, NJ, USA, and is open to all persons, residents and non-residents alike, every day of the year. In addition to preserving and protecting important open space here in the midst of a large metropolitan area, the center seeks to educate young and old alike as to the beauty of nature and the importance of protecting our environment.

We, the trustees of the Demarest Nature Center Association, encourage you to use this site to find out more about the Demarest Nature Center and its programs. Click on the topic of your choice and find out more. The links will tell you about the Center, introduce you to our events and endeavors, and also take you to other nearby nature centers, as well as environmental organizations, National Parks, and suggestions for things to do. The site is constantly growing and being updated, so we hope you will come back again and again.

Nature News

Report links H&M and Zara to major environmental damage in biodiverse Cerrado

Clothing giants H&M and Zara have been linked to large-scale illegal deforestation, land-grabbing, violence and corruption in the Brazilian Cerrado, according to an investigation by Earthsight. Using satellite images, court more

Did cloud seeding cause the Dubai flooding?

Dubai has been hit by record floods, sparking misleading speculation about cloud seeding. more

Prehistoric sea reptile 'twice as long as bus'

Scientists say a fossilised jawbone found in Somerset may be from one of the biggest sea creatures ever. more

A new federal rule aims to protect miners from black lung disease

Miners say the "overdue" regulation's success will depend upon upon effective enforcement. more

Regulators just imposed unprecedented fees on water usage in the state's agricultural heartland. more

Desert city of Dubai floods as heaviest rainfall in 75 years hits UAE

City records more than 142mm of rain in a day, about as much as it expects in a year and a half, as highways and malls floodedHighways and malls have more

Panama delays promised relocation of sinking island community

Plans to relocate an Indigenous community from a tiny Caribbean island off Panama to the country’s mainland to escape rising seas have been delayed due to administrative issues, previous COVID-19-related more

International hesitancy to adopt environmental regulations threatens Indigenous rights

The mood is tense. After months of delays, the EU will soon vote on a long-awaited piece of legislation that will require European companies to integrate environmental and human rights more

Climate crisis: average world incomes to drop by nearly a fifth by 2050

Cost of environmental damage will be six times higher than price of limiting global heating to 2C, study findsAverage incomes will fall by almost a fifth within the next 26 more

Funding Australia’s renewable transition isn’t ‘picking winners’ – it’s securing our future | Greg Jericho

Government support for green manufacturing is actually the easy part. To truly reduce emissions, we must stop digging up and burning fossil fuelsFollow our Australia news live blog for latest more

Gene editing crops to be colourful could aid weeding, say scientists

Creating visually distinctive plants likely to become important as more weed-like crops are grown for foodGenetically engineering crops to be colourful could help farmers produce food without pesticides, as it more

A wave of climate-conscious startups are brewing ‘beanless coffee’

In this excerpt, Grist senior editor L.V. Anderson explores the growing market of climate-proof coffee alternatives. more

Europeans care more about elephants than people, says Botswana president

Westerners see elephants as pets, said Mokgweetsi Masisi, whose government threatened to send 30,000 elephants to Germany and the UK to demonstrate their dangersMany Europeans value the lives of elephants more

The environmental mismanagement of enduring oil industry impacts in the Pan Amazon

The petroleum industry has a long history of operational calamities, large and small, that has created an equally long history of efforts to manage the environmental and social liabilities that more

Indigenous efforts to save Peru’s Marañon River could spell trouble for big oil

Living deep in the Peruvian Amazon, the Kukama Kukamiria Indigenous community have spent generations with their feet in the Marañón, the river emerging from the Andes that provides the main more

Greece plans to create two large marine parks and end bottom trawling, it announced Tuesday. It also aims to cut the volume of plastic waste flowing into Greek waters in more

What the desert city of Dubai looks like after its biggest rainfall in 75 years – video

Cars submerged in raging flood waters, planes on flooded runways and ankle-deep water at a metro station – this is what the United Arab Emirates and its desert city of more

Scientists probe the secrets of mega icebergs

UK researchers want to understand what triggers the Antarctic to kick out city-sized blocks of ice. more

Sumatra villages count cost of deadly river tsunami swelled by illegal logging

SOUTH PESISIR, Indonesia — Bendri lived with his wife and child just 80 meters, or 260 feet, back from the Surantih Mudiak Dalam River, which flows from Sumatra’s Barisan Mountains more

SALT LAKE CITY—To complete a nonstop 4,000-mile flight, Wilson’s phalarope needs fuel. The tiny inland shorebird famed for its reversed gender roles often finds that food in the Great Salt more

This story was produced as part of Climate Solutions, a collaboration focused on community engagement and solutions-based reporting to help Central Pennsylvania move toward climate literacy, resilience and adaptation. StateImpact Pennsylvania more

‘These birds are telling us something serious is happening’: the songbirds disappearing from Britain’s woods

The dramatic decline of marsh tits in an ancient Cambridgeshire woodland is a story repeated across the UK as human activity drives species towards extinctionRead more: World faces ‘deathly silence’ more

Tanya says the urgent environmental reforms the ALP promised have been put on hold! | First Dog on the Moon

Tell all the maugean skates to hang on until after the next electionSign up here to get an email whenever First Dog cartoons are publishedGet all your needs met at more

Plantwatch: why does a rainforest vine turn into a part-time carnivore?

Scientists have finally discovered why this remarkable plant becomes hungry for bugsIt sounds like a science fiction horror movie – a carnivorous plant that grows up to 60 metres high more

The tragic death of Maureen Gilbert: why did a much-loved mother die in her flooded home?

Last year, Storm Babet tore through Chesterfield in Derbyshire, an at-risk town that had been hit before. Could the devastation have been avoided?The flood alert was issued on the morning more

Hyundai ends aluminum deal with Adaro Minerals following K-pop protest

JAKARTA — South Korean automobile giant Hyundai has ended an agreement with Adaro Minerals, a subsidiary of Indonesia’s second-largest coal miner, PT Adaro Energy, to procure aluminum for its electric more

Protected areas bear the brunt as forest loss continues across Cambodia

PHNOM PENH — New data published by the University of Maryland on April 4 and available through satellite monitoring platform Global Forest Watch show continued forest loss across Cambodia last more

Nature, Published online: 17 April 2024; doi:10.1038/d41586-024-01123-3Unusual microbial communities in a person’s lower airways could influence the onset and progression of lung cancer and other conditions, and might point the more

Nature, Published online: 17 April 2024; doi:10.1038/d41586-024-01124-2Government budget includes more money for basic research and notable increases to postgraduate stipends. more

Nature, Published online: 17 April 2024; doi:10.1038/d41586-024-01136-yBrain areas work in tandem to temporarily store important information, and an aurora on a cool brown dwarf. more

Nature, Published online: 17 April 2024; doi:10.1038/d41586-024-01016-5Bacteria make protein toxins to compete with other bacteria in microbial communities. A study of a common soil bacterium has revealed a previously unknown more

Nature, Published online: 17 April 2024; doi:10.1038/s41586-024-07298-zStreptomyces are discovered to produce antibacterial protein complexes that selectively inhibit the hyphal growth of related species, a function distinct from that of the more

Nature, Published online: 17 April 2024; doi:10.1038/d41586-024-00912-0The hinge enables insects to control their wing movements, but how it works is hard to study. Multidisciplinary research, using imaging and machine-learning methods, more

Nature, Published online: 17 April 2024; doi:10.1038/s41586-024-07296-1The trapping of triply charged 229mTh3+ is described and its nuclear decay half-life determined, showing useful properties for the development of a nuclear clock more

Nature, Published online: 17 April 2024; doi:10.1038/s41586-024-07331-1Structures of the human calcium-sensing receptor can be bound into complex with G proteins from three different Gα subtypes while maintaining G-protein-binding specificity. more

Nature, Published online: 17 April 2024; doi:10.1038/d41586-024-01092-7Wastewater testing grew tremendously during the pandemic. But is it ready to tackle the opioid crisis, air pollution and antibiotic resistance? more

Nature, Published online: 17 April 2024; doi:10.1038/d41586-024-01099-0Biologist Carolin Sommer-Trembo describes her fascination for fish and why she enjoys doing science in Switzerland. more

Nature, Published online: 17 April 2024; doi:10.1038/s41586-024-07218-1Research published in Nature shows that surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy carried out with colloids can quantify a range of molecules down to concentrations at the more

Nature, Published online: 17 April 2024; doi:10.1038/s41586-024-07309-zHippocampal theta–gamma phase–amplitude coupling integrates cognitive control and working memory storage across brain areas in humans. more

Nature, Published online: 17 April 2024; doi:10.1038/d41586-024-01074-9Static electricity generated by the foot striking the ground can be captured to kill pathogens. more

Nature, Published online: 17 April 2024; doi:10.1038/s41586-024-07314-2Lipopolysaccharide-induced breakdown of the blood–brain barrier requires activation of GSDMD-mediated plasma membrane permeabilization and pyroptosis in brain endothelial cells. more

Nature, Published online: 17 April 2024; doi:10.1038/d41586-024-01135-zAn ‘at a glance’ approach to publication details, such as journal acceptance rates and the number of peer reviewers, would promote transparency, scientists say. more

Nature, Published online: 17 April 2024; doi:10.1038/s41586-024-07262-xAnalysis of the energy budget of a sample of 54 well-observed stripped-envelope supernovae of all sub-types shows statistically significant, largely model-independent, observational evidence for more

Nature, Published online: 17 April 2024; doi:10.1038/d41586-024-01098-1Virologist Hulda Jónsdóttir studies some of the world’s most pathogenic viruses at the Spiez Laboratory in Switzerland. more

Nature, Published online: 17 April 2024; doi:10.1038/d41586-024-01102-8Computational biologist Jitao David Zhang says that the country’s vocational training programme teaches key work and life skills. more

Nature, Published online: 17 April 2024; doi:10.1038/s41586-024-07274-7Datasets from in situ warming experiments across 28 arctic and alpine tundra sites covering  a span of less than 1 year up to 25 years show more

Nature, Published online: 17 April 2024; doi:10.1038/d41586-024-01100-wA global effort to uncover the nature of the Universe has had resounding effects on scientists and society. more

Nature, Published online: 17 April 2024; doi:10.1038/s41586-024-07279-2Near-field radiative heat transfer between two coplanar silicon carbide membranes in close proximity is enhanced by the electromagnetic corner and edge modes. more

Nature, Published online: 17 April 2024; doi:10.1038/d41586-024-01122-4New research unveils the workings of one of the most complex bio-mechanical structures in the natural world more

Nature, Published online: 17 April 2024; doi:10.1038/d41586-024-01090-9A United Nations-backed agreement to end plastic pollution is within reach — but only if scientists, civil society and businesses unite against powerful vested more

Nature, Published online: 17 April 2024; doi:10.1038/s41586-024-07317-zSignalling by the developmental morphogen BMP2 through the transcription factor SMAD1 has a key role in controlling the glutamatergic innervation of parvalbumin-expressing interneurons and more

Nature, Published online: 17 April 2024; doi:10.1038/s41586-024-07329-9A screen utilizing an environmental DNA library in Escherichia coli is used to identify Brig1, a previously unknown anti-phage defence system with homologues across more

Nature, Published online: 17 April 2024; doi:10.1038/d41586-024-01089-2Tackling plastic pollution needs scientists to be in the negotiating room at upcoming talks. more

Nature, Published online: 17 April 2024; doi:10.1038/d41586-024-01110-8Algorithm examines images of metastatic cells to identify the location of the primary tumour. more

Nature, Published online: 17 April 2024; doi:10.1038/s41586-024-07337-9Analysis of a global dataset reveals spatiotemporal patterns of marine plankton and their biogeographical responses during climatic and environmental changes across the Cenozoic era. more

Nature, Published online: 17 April 2024; doi:10.1038/d41586-024-01015-6A technique called surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy can detect tiny quantities of compounds in solution, but has been difficult to use for quantitative analysis. A more

Nature, Published online: 17 April 2024; doi:10.1038/d41586-024-00963-3How does the human brain temporarily store information without losing track of it? Neuroscientists have discovered that neurons in the frontal and temporal lobes more

Nature, Published online: 17 April 2024; doi:10.1038/d41586-024-00858-3Mating between different species has often been considered an evolutionary dead end, but a study in longwing butterflies suggests that such hybridization could underlie more

Nature, Published online: 17 April 2024; doi:10.1038/s41586-024-07263-wGenomic studies of Heliconius butterflies provide evidence that Heliconius elevatus is a hybrid species, and that its speciation was driven by introgression of traits more

Nature, Published online: 17 April 2024; doi:10.1038/s41586-024-07297-0Challenging the belief that sympathetic ganglia are an innovation of jawed vertebrates, a study reports the presence of sympathetic neurons in an extant jawless more

Nature, Published online: 17 April 2024; doi:10.1038/d41586-024-01017-4The sympathetic nervous system, which enables the fight-or-flight response, was thought to be present only in jawed vertebrates. Analysis of a jawless vertebrate suggests more

Nature, Published online: 17 April 2024; doi:10.1038/s41586-024-07327-xWe propose a model for a sequential, multistep activation mechanism of metabotropic glutamate receptor subtype 5, including a series of structures in lipid nanodiscs, more

Nature, Published online: 17 April 2024; doi:10.1038/d41586-024-01131-3Saudi herders have travelled the same routes for millennia, cave discovery suggests. more

Nature, Published online: 17 April 2024; doi:10.1038/s41586-024-07190-wMethane emission from a very cool brown dwarf, perhaps arising from an aurora, has been detected in James Webb Space Telescope observations. more

Nature, Published online: 17 April 2024; doi:10.1038/s41586-024-07219-0Analysis of projected sub-national damages from temperature and precipitation show an income reduction of 19% of the world economy within the next 26 years independent more

Nature, Published online: 17 April 2024; doi:10.1038/s41586-024-07311-5A study investigates subcellular, single-cell and network-level comunication within the astrocyte network in response to the two major neurotransmitter inputs. more

Nature, Published online: 17 April 2024; doi:10.1038/d41586-024-00472-3Countries are cracking down on tobacco use and vaping — the laws could save thousands of lives and billions of dollars, say scientists. more

Nature, Published online: 17 April 2024; doi:10.1038/d41586-024-00920-0A clear-cut success. more

Nature, Published online: 17 April 2024; doi:10.1038/s41586-024-07316-0Human genetic evidence increases the success rate of drugs from clinical development to approval but we are still far from reaching peak genetic insights more

Nature, Published online: 17 April 2024; doi:10.1038/s41586-024-07293-4Measurements of fly muscle activity using a genetically encoded calcium indicator and high-speed imaging of wing movement were used to construct a model of more

Nature, Published online: 17 April 2024; doi:10.1038/s41586-024-07245-yUsing observations of double-difference relocated earthquakes in a local three-dimensional velocity model for Ecuador, a detailed image of seismicity is created, forming the base more

Scientists say it's shaping up to be the worst one yet. more

Resource wars and the geopolitics behind climate-fueled conflicts

Dahr Jamail was working in Alaska’s Denali National Park in the early 2000s when he decided to travel to Iraq to better cover the U.S.-led invasion of the region, on more

At the end of February, a curtain of flames engulfed the Texas Panhandle, eventually marking the state’s largest wildfire in history. The blaze was merciless, burning through more than 1 more

Small island developing countries are increasingly becoming locked into a cycle of environmental disasters and compounding debt burdens, making them less capable of investing in climate resilient infrastructure and providing more

For people living within three miles of a large solar farm, positive attitudes about the development outnumber negative ones by about a three-to-one margin, according to a new national survey more

Greece becomes first European country to ban bottom trawling in marine parks

The law will come into force in national parks within two years and in all of the country’s marine protected areas by 2030Greece has become the first country in Europe more

Caribbean startups are turning excess seaweed into an agroecology solution

In 2015, smelly mats of a brown macroalgae called sargassum piled as high as 1.2 meter (4 feet) on the beaches of Barbados, recalls Joshua Forte. It was the fourth more

Albanese’s promised clean economy act has been a long time coming but it’s the right place to start | Adam Morton

The challenge for a resource-rich, medium-sized economy such as Australia is to identify the right green industries to focus on, while minimising the risks to taxpayersGet our morning and afternoon more

Brazil’s illegal gold trade takes a hammering, but persists underground

Measures throughout 2023 to curb the illegal gold trade in Brazil led to a 20% drop in the country’s exports of the precious metal. more

More than 80 years after the iconic Xerces Blue butterfly vanished from San Francisco, researchers have analyzed century-old specimens to track down its closest living relative, the Silvery Blue. Last more

Indigenous people from Arctic communities are calling for environmental protection in the runup to this month’s round of negotiations aimed at securing a global treaty to end plastic pollution. U.N. more

No birdsong, no water in the creek, no beating wings: how a haven for nature fell silent

As the soundscape of the natural world began to disappear over 30 years, one man was listening and recording it allRead more: World faces ‘deathly silence’ of nature as wildlife more

World faces ‘deathly silence’ of nature as wildlife disappears, warn experts

Loss of intensity and diversity of noises in ecosystems reflects an alarming decline in healthy biodiversity, say sound ecologistsRead more: No birdsong, no water in the creek, no beating wings: more

The killer whale trainers who still defend captivity: ‘I’m an endangered species myself’

The 2013 documentary Blackfish turned orca trainers into pariahs in the US. Now some are hitting it big in ChinaSome people spend a long time deciding what they want to more

‘Water is more valuable than oil’: the corporation cashing in on America’s drought

In an unprecedented deal, a private company purchased land in a tiny Arizona town – and sold its water rights to a suburb 200 miles away. Local residents fear the more

Global coral beaching now underway looks set to be largest on record

ATHENS — The world is currently undergoing its fourth global bleaching event, with coral bleaching occurring in the territorial waters of more than 50 countries, according to scientists at the more

Muhammad Zain Ul Haq, a 23-year-old university student and climate activist in British Columbia may be deported to Pakistan in less than a week.  Haq, who goes by Zain and more

FEMA is making an example of this Florida boomtown. Locals call it ‘revenge politics.’

The Biden administration is trying to punish Lee County for rebuilding flood-prone homes. The state’s Republican politicians are fighting back. more

Monitoring a ‘sea of trucks’ in Chicago

Activists found more than 5,000 trucks and buses passing through a single neighborhood in a day. more

Aerial video shows mass coral bleaching on Great Barrier Reef amid global heat stress event – video

Scientists have recorded widespread bleaching on the Great Barrier Reef as global heating creates a fourth planet-wide bleaching event. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Coral Reef Watch, more

Soundscape ecology: a window into a disappearing world – podcast

What can sound tell us about nature loss? Guardian biodiversity reporter Phoebe Weston tells Madeleine Finlay about her visit to Monks Wood in Cambridgeshire, where ecologist Richard Broughton has witnessed more

Nature, Published online: 16 April 2024; doi:10.1038/d41586-024-01101-9Everyone who reviews a manuscript should answer a transparent set of questions, to ensure that scientific literature is subject to reliable quality control. more

Nature, Published online: 16 April 2024; doi:10.1038/d41586-024-01133-1Political candidates are increasingly using ‘softfakes’ — obviously AI-generated content — to boost their campaigns and whitewash their reputation. Plus, AI now beats humans more

Nature, Published online: 16 April 2024; doi:10.1038/d41586-024-01088-3As the world’s largest election kicks off this week, India has an opportunity to reimagine science funding. more

Nature, Published online: 16 April 2024; doi:10.1038/d41586-024-01086-5Female academics need more support — in China as elsewhere more

Nature, Published online: 16 April 2024; doi:10.1038/d41586-024-01129-xPoliticians spar over whether academic publishers colluded with government scientists to suppress the lab-leak hypothesis. more

Nature, Published online: 16 April 2024; doi:10.1038/d41586-024-01094-5Paring down the astronomical complexity of the protein-folding problem, plus Isaac Newton’s ambiguous use of the word ‘axiom’, in the weekly dip into Nature’s more

Nature, Published online: 16 April 2024; doi:10.1038/d41586-024-01081-wLitigation can lead governments to strengthen their climate policies and curb companies’ greenwashing, say scientists. more

Nature, Published online: 16 April 2024; doi:10.1038/d41586-024-01084-7It’s time to talk about the hidden human cost of the green transition more

Nature, Published online: 16 April 2024; doi:10.1038/d41586-024-01083-8Use game theory for climate models that really help reach net zero goals more

Nature, Published online: 16 April 2024; doi:10.1038/d41586-024-01091-8Many researchers think that Wegovy and Ozempic should be taken for life, but myriad factors can force people off them. more

Nature, Published online: 16 April 2024; doi:10.1038/d41586-024-00986-wAcademics are calling for greater transparency in harassment cases. But do the benefits outweigh the risks? more

Nature, Published online: 16 April 2024; doi:10.1038/d41586-024-01085-6The world needs a COP for water like the one for climate change more

Nature, Published online: 16 April 2024; doi:10.1038/d41586-024-01012-9An ambitious investigation has analysed discourse on eight social-media platforms, covering a vast array of topics and spanning several decades. It reveals that online more

From shallow-water reefs in the Red Sea to graceful gorgonian species in the Caribbean and the rugged branching corals that form the structure of the Great Barrier Reef, the past more

Nasa: 'New plan needed to return rocks from Mars'

The US space agency is seeking a cheaper, faster solution to bring Martian rocks to Earth for study. more

Climate change could drive mammal extinction in Brazil’s Caatinga, study warns

Even if everything goes well and the targets set by the Paris Agreement are met, average temperatures are expected to rise by 2.7° Celsius (4.86° Fahrenheit) this century, according to more

Conservationists condemn France’s protest over UK’s bottom-trawling ban

Paris claims ban breaches UK-EU trade deal but environmentalists say dispute is ‘hypocrisy’, given Macron’s rhetoric on saving oceansFrance has been accused of hypocrisy by conservationists over a fresh post-Brexit more

Rapid growth of Bolivia’s lithium industry creating new problems for local communities

Bolivia is racing to attract foreign investment in its massive, untapped lithium reserves, with plans to expand operations and build new processing plants. But residents living near the lithium deposits more

World's coral turns white from deadly ocean heat

Ocean heat records have been breaking for months. This is the first global evidence of the impacts on sea life. more

It will take 880 years to achieve UN ocean conservation goals, at this rate (commentary)

The ninth Our Ocean conference takes place this week in Athens, Greece. It is the largest and highest profile conference of its kind, and attracts presidents and celebrities, who all more

On the trail of Borneo’s bay cat, one of the world’s most mysterious felines

Few researchers have ever seen this elusive wildcat and it is known primarily from a few camera trap photos. Which raises the question: How do you conserve an endangered species more

Faced with an extreme future, one Colombian island struggles to rebuild

No one on the Colombian island of Providencia was prepared for what happened on the night of Nov. 16, 2020. Not even Josefina Huffington, who had survived four hurricanes. That more

Blake Dollier spoke excitedly as he watched the construction crews pulverize concrete along a quarter-mile stretch of U.S. Highway 52 where it passes through West Lafayette, Indiana. Soon, the Indiana more

BORGER, Texas—Months before the Texas Panhandle erupted with destructive wildfires, fire crews in Borger were igniting fire intentionally on a seven-mile, roughly 250-foot wide ribbon of land on the edge more

This year’s gathering of global Indigenous leaders, activists, and policymakers puts a spotlight on youth. more

In a South Pacific nation ravaged by logging, several tribes joined together to sell “high integrity” carbon credits on international markets. The project not only preserves their highly biodiverse rainforest, more

The climate benefits of shared e-scooters depend upon how companies deploy and manage them, and what steps are taken to keep riders safe. more

There’s no such thing as a benign beef farm – so beware the ‘eco-friendly’ new film straight out of a storybook | George Monbiot

A highly misleading new documentary claims soil carbon storage can redeem the livestock industry – it’s all so much ‘moo-woo’We draw our moral lines in arbitrary places. We might believe more

Exploring why we photograph animals – in pictures

A new collection of wildlife photography aims to help understand why people have photographed animals at different points in history and what it means in the present. Huw Lewis-Jones explores more

Nature, Published online: 15 April 2024; doi:10.1038/d41586-024-01076-7As the annual phenomenon once again strikes East Asia, scientists are hard at work to better predict how they will affect people. more

Nature, Published online: 15 April 2024; doi:10.1038/d41586-024-01097-2Hanik Humaida monitors the activity of Indonesia’s volcanoes to help protect the public. more

Nature, Published online: 15 April 2024; doi:10.1038/d41586-024-01120-6Upbringing and life experience matter more than genetics when it comes to being a good navigator. Plus, AI could help predict lethal dust storms more

Nature, Published online: 15 April 2024; doi:10.1038/d41586-024-01080-xResearchers from the global south face often-distressing immigration bureaucracy that most from the global north do not. Six steps can begin to counteract this more

Nature, Published online: 15 April 2024; doi:10.1038/d41586-024-01109-1The agency’s head calls the current plan for delivering samples collected by the Perseverance rover ‘too expensive’ and its schedule ‘unacceptable’. more

Nature, Published online: 15 April 2024; doi:10.1038/d41586-024-01072-xThe gigantic animals have worked out an unusual way to exfoliate — a perfect way to deal with whale lice. more

Nature, Published online: 15 April 2024; doi:10.1038/s41586-024-07244-zWe introduce strong tailored light-wave-driven time-reversal symmetry breaking in monolayer hexagonal boron nitride, realizing a sub-laser-cycle controllable analogue of the topological model of Haldane more

Nature, Published online: 15 April 2024; doi:10.1038/d41586-024-01050-3A stint at CERN exposed María Teresa Dova to longstanding collaborators and mentors, culminating in a successful bid to join a landmark project. more

Nature, Published online: 15 April 2024; doi:10.1038/d41586-024-01096-3A pioneering ‘connectomics’ collaboration has successfully reconstructed one cubic millimetre of brain tissue, but researchers are still just scratching the surface of the complexity more

Nature, Published online: 15 April 2024; doi:10.1038/d41586-024-01093-6A moving memoir of botany and motherhood explores the historical pressures on female scientists. more

Nature, Published online: 15 April 2024; doi:10.1038/d41586-024-01115-3Results from the telescope could help to end a long-standing disagreement over the rate of cosmic expansion. But scientists say more measurements are needed. more

Nature, Published online: 15 April 2024; doi:10.1038/d41586-024-01108-2Planetary scientist Ellen Stofan thought about leaving research after a funding bid was rejected. But new opportunities emerged. more

Nature, Published online: 15 April 2024; doi:10.1038/d41586-024-00660-1An exclusive analysis shows that economics and interdisciplinary teams get the attention of policymakers. more

Nature, Published online: 15 April 2024; doi:10.1038/d41586-024-01087-4Stanford University’s 2024 AI Index charts the meteoric rise of artificial-intelligence tools. more

Mexico City’s metro system is sinking fast. Yours could be next.

Subsidence is causing parts of Mexico City to sink, and it’s happening at an uneven rate. That’s bad news for its sprawling public transportation system. more

The energy future of fossil-fuel dependent Phoenix could be reshaped by some clean-energy advocates who just won seats on the board of a public power utility. more

Network of ‘ghost roads’ paves the way for levelling Asia-Pacific rainforests

Bulldozed tracks and informal byways in tropical forests and palm-oil plantations ‘almost always’ an indicator of future deforestation, say researchersA vast network of undocumented “ghost roads” is pushing into the more

The DOE is tripling efficiency standards for light bulbs, a move that will cut CO2 emissions by 70 million metric tons and save consumers $27 billion over 30 years. more

A climate pledge verifier said it would allow more carbon offsets. Its staff revolted.

In a resignation letter, an adviser called carbon credits "scientifically, socially, and from a climate perspective a hoax." more

Conservationists welcome new PNG Protected Areas Act — but questions remain

With more than 70% of the country blanketed by tropical rainforests, Papua New Guinea (PNG) is a megadiverse country home to more than 5% of the world’s biodiversity, including charismatic more

Traceability is no silver bullet for reducing deforestation (commentary)

The food we eat causes one third of all greenhouse gas emissions, as forests are cleared at an ever-growing rate to make way for new cattle pastures, soy fields, cocoa more

Bonobos, the ‘hippy apes’, may not be as peaceful as once thought

Anthropologist Maud Mouginot recalls an encounter with bonobos early one morning in 2019 deep in the forests of the Democratic Republic of Congo that helped revise her impression of them more

Brightest-ever explosion's mystery of missing gold

The brightest burst of light ever recorded was caused by a supernova, but that prompts new questions. more

How much do rich countries owe in climate aid? That’s the trillion-dollar question.

As COP29 climate talks approach, developing nations are pushing for a huge boost in decarbonization and disaster funding. more

An extensive analysis of satellite imagery has uncovered thousands of miles of unmapped roads slicing through Asia's tropical rainforests.Read more on E360 → more

DOJ thinks Enbridge Line 5 pipeline is trespassing on tribal lands

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Our Mission

Demarest Nature Center - Duffy Bridge

According to the 1972 articles of Incorporation, the purposes of the organization are:

  • To acquire or lease undeveloped lands and establish thereon educational building(s).
  • To develop natural history and conservation education programs in cooperation with schools, colleges, hospitals, youth groups and other organizations which will develop an understanding and appreciation of natural resources.
  • To cooperate with national, state, county, municipal and private natural resource agencies in providing an outdoor laboratory in which to demonstrate natural resource problems and management techniques.

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April 2024

Community Nature Walk April 6, 2024
April 6, 2024 at 10AM , ...
Monthly Nature Center Meeting
7:30 pm - 8:40 pm
Monthly meeting is open to all members at the Demarest Train Station. If you are not a member come join us today! , ...
Birdwatching & Nature Walk with Don Torino (Bergen County Audubon Society)
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Birdwatching & Nature Walk with Don Torino (Bergen County Audubon Society) Time: 10AM Location: At the DNC – Imagination Playground (Wakelee Field) , ...
Canoe Day, Birdhouses/Birdfeeder Building, Beekeeper, Earth Day/Arbor Day
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Saturday April 27, 2024 at 10AM , ...

What We Sponsor

The DNC sponsors numerous programs to bring residents of Demarest and the surrounding areas into closer contact with wildlife and the natural world. Programs have varied, including lectures on native plants, family hikes, maple syrup making, bird watching & counts, birdhouse building, mushroom foraging walk, community trail walk and children’s scavenger hunts.  Local outdoor activities have been held at the Nature Center, Wakelee Field, various school grounds, and at the Duck Pond.


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Demarest Nature Center
Box 41
Demarest, NJ 07627


90 Park St, Demarest, NJ 07627

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Become a Member

Since its incorporation in 1977 the Demarest Nature Center Association has cared for a 55-acre parcel of land bordered by Columbus Road on the west and County Road on the east. The Demarest Nature Center is open to all every day of the year. In addition to protecting woods, vernal ponds, meadows, and a section of the Tenakill Brook, as well as establishing and maintaining walking trails, the center provides educational events for everyone about the beauty of nature and the importance of preserving our amazing forest habitat. Your membership dollars go towards sponsorship of environmental education programs for kindergarten through the fourth grade in the Demarest schools, and a yearly scholarship given to a local high school senior who plans to pursue environment-related studies in college. Your membership also helps support our birdhouse/bird feeder building program, our annual photo contest, maple syrup making, environmental scholarships, monthly community trail walks and the Craft Show at Oktoberfest/Fall Festival Event.

The Demarest Nature Center Association is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, run solely by volunteers and receives no funding from the Borough of Demarest.

Residents of Demarest receive all DNC mailings as postal patrons. Non-resident members receive DNC mailings by 1st class mail.

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