Crane’s Mill Blog: Wildlife

About Our Neighbor: West Essex Park

West Essex Park is literally right in our backyard here at 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 …Read More »


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 …Read More »


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 …Read More »


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 …Read More »


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: 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 …Read More »




100 Amazing Nature Photos From Crane’s Mill—Part 2

Please enjoy Part 2 of this 4-Part series showcasing the nature and beauty of Crane’s Mill in West Caldwell, New Jersey Remember to click each photo to see a larger, detailed view. (Keep an eye out for an “endangered species” in this set…) …Read More »


100 Amazing Nature Photos From Crane’s Mill—Part 1

Trailkeeper Mike Mazur leads our weekly trail walking group, and his photograph collections take you through the ins and outs of our natural surroundings. Our friend Mike Mazur is not only an experienced and knowledgable trailkeeper, but also an outstanding photographer. His keen eye for spotting nature’s nuances is evident in this incredible collection of photographs he’s so graciously donated to the Crane’s Mill Courier. We’re pleased to present them here, in Part 1 of a 4-Part series featuring 100 stunning images. Enjoy, and remember to click each photo below to see a larger, detailed view. …Read More »


In Bloom: Signs Say Spring has Sprung in New Jersey!

Crane’s Mill in West Caldwell showing some clear signs that spring is here at New Jersey’s premier retirement community Just when you thought winter would not end, along comes the second week of April and with it wonderful blue skies and warm temperatures. In addition to the weather, there are some other distinct ways to know that spring is here: -Beautiful, bright yellow daffodils now line the walkway leading into Towne Square. -Activities for the month include spring-centric outings to Brookdale Park in Bloomfield for a Trolley Tour and the Montclair Art Museum for “Art in Bloom.” -It’s time for …Read More »