About Us

Bill Lynch has been passionate about the outdoors and about wildlife for as long as he can remember.  In recent years, his interests in birding and photography have increased greatly, and he spends most of his free time outside with his binoculars and camera.  Bill recently received his Masters of Science in Ecology and Evolution from Rutgers University, and hopes to turn his life-long love into a career in conservation.  You can find his photography at http://flickr.com/photos/billysbirds/

Tom Reed is a lifelong resident of Cape May County, NJ and has been birding since the age of ten. He currently attends Rutgers University and is majoring in Environmental Policy. Tom is an Associate Naturalist with the New Jersey Audubon Society’s Cape May Bird Observatory, and is a contributor to CMBO’s popular website. TR has conducted extensive fieldwork for several organizations and government agencies, captained CMBO’s renowned youth birding team in the World Series of Birding for seven years, and is the founder and compiler of the Mizpah Christmas Bird Count. In 2008, Tom was the recipient of the New Jersey Land Conservancy’s Rogers Family Scholarship, an award given to the state’s most promising conservation-oriented students. When not birding, some of his other interests include beer, baseball, saltwater fishing and photography. He plans to pursue a career related to wildlife conservation and environmental policy.

Melissa Morris is a middle school teacher (who takes her classes outside at every opportunity) and a freelance writer living in central New Jersey. She writes about her travels through New Jersey for a growing audience on a website called The Jersey Girl. She’s also published poetry in literary and online journals, and writes for the New Jersey Writers Society newsletter called Our Writing World. Melissa enjoys many outdoor activities including camping, hiking, and visiting New Jersey’s fabulous beaches.  And since she recently discovered the world of Geocaching, Melissa is seeking new outdoor adventures more than ever.  You can also follow Melissa on Facebook and Twitter.


Scott Boyko has been fishing the fresh and salt waters of New Jersey and the surrounding area for most of his 25 years. Since his first time hitching a ride on a charter boat to the Hudson Canyon at the age of 7 with his father, he’s been hooked on fishing the deep. Since New Jersey’s offshore fishery is only really “hot” for less than half of the year, plenty of his time is spent fishing inshore and on land. Years working the deck on larger charter boats as a teenager helped him hone his skills. Now fishing on smaller boats, Scott enjoys a more “DIY” and intimate outdoor experience on the water. He stresses the importance of and satisfaction gained from catch-and-release fishing, as well as taking fish home for the dinner table. Respect for the fish he hunts and takes is first on his mind.

Justin Fullam has been an outdoors enthusiast his whole life. He loves the beaches, the mountains, the lakes, the rivers, and all of the animals of New Jersey. Nature is his church. Justin also loves to explore anything outdoors that is supposedly haunted or has some kind of interesting story to it. When he was a young kid, he used to catch and study turtles, frogs, salamanders, snakes, and many other creatures that share this land with us. Then he got into reading Weird NJ magazine and started venturing off to places like “Shades of Death Road” and “Demon’s Alley” among many other legendary New Jersey spots. He believes that spending more time hiking outdoors and getting closer to nature is one of the best remedies for his well-being, especially in this day and age. When Justin isn’t exploring the NJ outdoors and generally staring at the sky, he sings for the band Killed by the Bull and writes for Define the Meaning zine.

Tom Dunphy is a native of the Jersey Shore and an avid surfer with over 15 years of experience in the sport. Tom is an active member of the local surfing community and supports environmental organizations like the Surfrider Foundation and the Surfer’s Environmental Alliance. His current quiver consists of a 10′ Bing NR-2 Noserider, a 6’4″ Chemistry Alchemist and a 5’10” Channel Islands Retro Fish.


Lauren Giannullo was born and raised in the Garden State.  She has fond memories of helping her dad in his backyard vegetable garden as a small child, and now tends to the garden that she and her husband share.  After four years in Vermont for college, she learned to appreciate small scale agriculture, and brought that interest home to New Jersey where she discovered a vibrant local food scene.  Lauren also loves to cook and create new recipes using fresh, local, New Jersey produce.  When she’s not gardening or cooking, Lauren can be found running the streets and trails of central New Jersey and studying for a Master’s of City and Regional Planning at Rutgers University.

Please feel free to contact us with any questions, comments, or suggestions about the site.  We’d love to hear your stories and see your pictures, so send them in and we may post them!  You can contact us at newjerseyoutdoors@gmail.com

6 responses

1 11 2010
Rich Wolfert

I would like to swap links with you. I have both a website (noted above) and a brand new blog (Nature Notes…a lifelong journey) which is accessible through the website. Take a look and please let me know if you’re interested.


3 01 2011
2010 in review « New Jersey Outdoors

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4 08 2011

Great Blog guys. i just stumbled upon it and I love all the enthusiasm here. I’m big into outdoors too and get out in the wilderness every chance I get. I’ll check back in soon. keep up the good work

21 09 2011

I’d like to swap links and “follows” with you. Great blog you have here, mine is http://www.catfishonthelake.com.

23 12 2011

Great blog guys! One for the blogroll.

4 04 2012

Nice blog! I will definitely be back to check on your outdoor adventures!


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