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!

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!

Crane’s Mill in Fall: The 48-Acre New Jersey Retirement Community in its Autumnal Glory

Check out this fun collection of images featuring Crane’s Mill in its autumnal glory!

At Crane’s Mill, our community is situated in what feels like a world away from everything on a secluded 48-acre campus, yet we’re quite literally only steps away from shopping, dining, entertainment and more.

One of the (many) perks of living in such a lovely location? There are countless times throughout the year when the community looks simply amazing. One of our favorites is autumn.

We were lucky enough to schedule a photography session right at the peak of this year’s fall season. Please enjoy this fun, colorful video slideshow and be sure to send us an email and let us know what you think!

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!

A Summery Surprise on a Hot July Morning

The Crane’s Mill campus, a Certified Wildlife Habitat, combines the beauty of nature with the convenience of being close to everything.

Earlier this morning, a magnificent, brightly-colored butterfly landed on a bush right outside of Towne Square. Thanks to my ever-useful camera phone, I was able to snap a photo before Mr. Butterfly had to continue on his way:

An Eastern Tiger Swallowtail lands for a visit to Crane's Mill.

Some research suggests that our new friend is most likely an Easter Tiger Swallowtail. Are we correct? If you’re a nature enthusiast and can give us some more info, please click here to send us an email.

To see more of our campus and its natural surroundings, take a look at our recent ‘100 Nature Photos’ series. From box turtles and screech owls to sunflowers and turkey tail mushrooms, it’s a true feast for the eyes!