"Edwin B Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge" Oceanville Things to Do Tip by April1985

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Edwin B Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge is a very calming place where you can go to bird watch, enjoy the tide, fish. Almost 5,000 acres of the refuge are woodlands dominated by such tree species as pitch pine, oaks, and white cedar. Fields are maintained in the midst of these wooded communities to provide habitat for grassland-nesting birds, and to increase habitat diversity.

Headquarters is open weekdays, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

In January : Watch the salt marsh carefully for eagles

In February : Natural food sources are scarce as fall seed are consumed and new spring sources have not yet appeared.Watch for early signs of spring! Hungry birds may crowd bird feeders outside the headquarters building.

In March : Watch for Short-eared Owls at dawn and dusk as they fly low over the salt marshes, looking for small rodents to eat.

In April : Beach-nesting birds, including piping plovers, arrive on refuge beaches.

In May : Greatest diversity and peak numbers of warblers in refuge uplands, coinciding with the seasonally increasing insect populations which are a major part of their diet. Turtles may be seen laying eggs in the soft dirt along refuge roadways, or sunbathing on roads and wetland edges. Drive carefully.

In June : Turtles are crossing roads to reach suitable nest sites. On the refuge, they have the right of way. Biting insects search for a meal. Don't forget your insect repellent.

In July : Shorebirds are breeding and raising young. A patient observer may see fuzzy gray willet chicks and their parents foraging in wetlands along the Wildlife Drive. On the refuge, this year's Peregrine falcon chicks are practicing their flying skills. Observe their first attempts to catch prey.

In August : Seashore mallow blooms appear in the marsh. Notice the color variation, from white to pink and red. From the Wildlife Drive, watch hungry, migrating shorebirds as they "fuel up" along refuge mud flats. This "feast" on small mud-dwelling creatures supplies energy the birds need for their long flight to South America. Walking quietly along Refuge trails will allow you to see shy animals like rabbits, chipmunks, snakes and lizards that seek cover when possible predators are nearby.

In September : Fall flowers bloom in the salt marsh. Along the Leeds Eco-trail, look for the red of glasswort, the dainty white fall flowers of salt marsh asters and the slender fan of sea lavender. Red "leaves of three" warn of poison ivy.

In October : Observe the trees and shrubs in this season as glorious fall colors start to appear. Fewer shorebirds are seen in refuge impoundments. More species of ducks can be seen resting and feeding in refuge waters. Look for diving ducks in salt water areas.

In November : Flocks of Snow Geese wheel and circle as they come in to land in the salt marsh and refuge impoundments. Listen to them chatter as they land and take off. Flocks of Dunlin arrive from their northern breeding grounds. They will find abundant food in the exposed mud of the impoundments and tidal channels before they move further south.

In December : Sea ducks, showing mostly black and white plumage, can be seen bobbing in salt water areas. Bright red berries adorn female Holly trees providing food for wintering birds. Berry pulp supplies energy for the birds.

*text from website, to learn more visit : http://www.fws.gov/northeast/forsythe/

Address: Great Creek Road Oceanville, NJ 08231
Directions: From the East

Take US Route 30 (White Horse Pike) west to Route 157. Turn right onto Route 157 North. This will merge onto Route 9 North. Follow Route 9 to Great Creek Road. Turn right and follow road to end.

visit website for detailed information

othercontact: forsythe@fws.gov
Phone: (609) 652-1665
Website: http://www.fws.gov/northeast/forsythe/

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