Tuesday Trek: Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge, New Jersey

I’m Tom Barnes; you might know me from TGIF with Tom. And now, I’m bringing you Tuesday Trek! Each Tuesday, I’ll give you some insight about a refuge destination you might enjoy. Planning a winter vacation? Spring break? I might know the perfect spot for your upcoming travels!

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Snowy owl along Wildlife Drive at Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge. Credit: Don Freiday/USFWS

If you find yourself in south Jersey near Atlantic City, hold off on the bagels and Taylor Ham and check out Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge. Protecting more than 47,000 acres of coastal habitats and tidal salt marshes, Forsythe is the spot on the East Coast for birdwatching. This habitat is an important stopover for migratory birds like the piping plover and the Atlantic brant. Much to the delight of photographers and birdwatchers, even a snowy owl was spotted during a recent irruption of the species.

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The refuge’s 8-mile wildlife drive is sure to please as you make your way through the salt marsh and all the species that can be spotted throughout the season. Some areas of the refuge are closed from time to time due to inclement weather, and to protect the fragile habitat for the threatened birds that make Forsythe their home, so be sure to check out the website before you visit!

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Wildlife Drive at Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge. Credit: Keith Shannon/USFWS

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