Crane’s Mill: a Certified Wildlife Habitat

If you’ve visited the Crane’s Mill campus, you may have noticed small animals such as American Robins and Canadian Geese, and larger ones like wild turkeys and stunning families of deer who call Crane’s Mill their home. You may have also noticed the sign stating that the Crane’s Mill campus is a Certified Wildlife Habitat.

Certified by the National Wildlife Federation, Crane’s Mill, a continuing care retirement community in West Caldwell, NJ, contains “all the basic habitat elements needed for wildlife to thrive,” including:
Providing food for wildlife
Supplying water for wildlife
Create cover for wildlife
Give wildlife a place to raise their young

 

We at Crane’s Mill are proud of our certification, and invite you to come visit our community see its beauty for yourself!

About Our Neighbor: West Essex Park

West Essex Park is literally right in our backyard here at Crane’s Mill

West Essex Park – next door to Crane’s Mill

You may already know that Crane’s Mill is a 48-acre oasis that combines the natural beauty of a Certified Wildlife Habitat with an upscale residential retirement setting.

What you may not know is that our nature walking trails on the west end of our campus lead directly into West Essex Park—home to over 1,300 acres of parkland including an environmental center, boating and canoe landings, golf driving range, and so much more! Plus, birdwatchers know West Essex Park as a destination to see some of their more elusive feathered friends.

For more on West Essex Park, please visit the Essex County Department of Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Affairs.

Plus, stay tuned to the Crane’s Mill Courier as we share more of our favorite local spots including other parks, restaurants, theaters, museums, and more. Do have a favorite spot that you would like to see profiled? Click here to send us an email—we’d love to hear from you!

Fun Fact: Crane’s Mill is a Certified Wildlife Habitat

A Certified Wildlife Habitat … right in our residents’ own backyard!

If you’ve visited the Crane’s Mill campus, you may have noticed small animals such as American Robins and Canadian Geese, and larger ones like wild turkeys and stunning families of deer who call Crane’s Mill their home. You may have also noticed the sign stating that the Crane’s Mill campus is a Certified Wildlife Habitat.

Certified by the National Wildlife Federation, Crane’s Mill, a continuing care retirement community in West Caldwell, NJ, contains “all the basic habitat elements needed for wildlife to thrive,” including:
Providing food for wildlife
Supplying water for wildlife
Create cover for wildlife
Give wildlife a place to raise their young

 

We at Crane’s Mill are proud of our certification, and invite you to come visit our community see its beauty for yourself!

Did You Know? The Crane’s Mill Campus is a Certified Wildlife Habitat

Crane’s Mill is a Certified Wildlife Habitat. Here’s more on that certification, and what it means to our residents.

We are proud to share that Crane’s Mill is a Certified Wildlife Habitat. We have signs posted on our campus that read:

Crane's Mill is a Certified Wildlife Habitat

Crane’s Mill is a Certified Wildlife Habitat

“This habitat is certified in the National Wildlife Federation’s worldwide network of mini-refuges. Because of the owner’s conscientious planning, landscaping, and sustainable gardening, wildlife may find quality habitat.”

To be classified as a Certified Wildlife Habitat, the Crane’s mill campus has to continually provide the four basic basic habitat elements needed for wildlife to thrive: food, water, cover, and places to raise young.

It’s a wonderful sight for our resident to look out their windows towards the woods surrounding our campus. They get to see untouched, serene, natural land that is home to an array of birds, wild turkeys, deer, and so much more.

During migration periods, all sorts of colorful feathered friends can be seen stopping over at Crane’s Mill on their way to their seasonal homes and families of deer bound happily in West Essex Park (our neighbor directly to the west of our pond).

Our resident trail walking group goes out every Friday morning to tour the woods, and after hiking with a watchful eye, they report back on their latest findings.

In fact, the group (led by experienced trail keeper Mike Mazur) sometimes brings their camera along—they shared these 100 nature photos from on and around campus—click this link to see more…enjoy!

Crane’s Mill News – A Look Back at 2014

Crane’s Mill produced plenty of news-worthy items in 2014. Here’s a look back at some of the stories from Northern New Jersey’s Premier Retirement Community.

In 2014, we had some amazing new staff members join our team. Colleen Frankenfield was named the new President and CEO of Lutheran Social Ministries of New Jersey, our parent organization.

Executive Chef Arthur Marston joined Crane’s Mill, bringing a fresh outlook on menu creation and meal preparation and presentation.

Crane’s Mill started a Facebook page, and it’s proven to be a fun, informative way to keep up with the community.

In spring, duck duplexes were installed on our campus—a Certified Wildlife Habitat by the National Wildlife Federation.

The Towne Square Gallery hosted a juried show.

These are just a few examples of newsworthy items we were lucky enough to report on, and be a part of, throughout 2014. We know 2015 has more great things in store, and we’re excited you, our readers, are along for the ride.

To view these and other Crane’s Mill news stories, visit the Crane’s Mill News page on our website by clicking this link.