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“Wonderful Refuge to visit”

Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: More than 43,000 acres of protected and managed coastal habitats for migratory birds.
Reviewed 23 May 2014

We took our grandchildren to this Wildlife Refuge and we were not disappointed. The volunteers were there to give us information on which paths to walk to see different birds. They had bird books and charts and binoculars that we could check out for free to used on our walks. There were some interesting exhibits in the main building. We saw some interesting birds on our walk and I purchased two bird t-shirts and some other gifts in their reasonable gift shop. if you are in the area and want to enjoy nature, this is a great place.

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Reviewed 23 April 2014

My husband and I went for a long hike on the Songbird Trail. We saw many birds as well as white tailed deer. We also took the eight mile drive where we saw many Double Crested Cormorants, six Osprey in their nests incubating their fledgings, ducks, ibis, sea gulls, hawks other shore birds too numerous to mention. It is certainly worth the four dollar fee if you are an Audubon Society member. We had a most wonderful time. We have been there many times already and want to go back again soon when we go down to the NJ Shore.

Thank Jeanette M
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Reviewed 29 January 2014

The Wildlife Refuge is a protected coastal habitat for migratory birds traveling the Atlantic Flyway. It consist of woodlands, wetlands and salt marsh with coves and bays. You can enjoy a wide range of wildlife in any season.
Take the peaceful drive around the 8 mile loop at your own pace. Stop and linger as much as you like. There are two towers for viewing, many hiking trails and a boardwalk over the marsh to explore.
The Visitor's Center provides plenty of information, clean bathrooms and a small gift shop. Bring your binoculars and pick up a bird guide. The Visitor's Center has free maps, pamphlets and bird check list.
There are opportunities to volunteer, activities and guided walks to enjoy.
If you never bird watched, this is an excellent opportunity. There are many experienced "birders" eager to share what they have spotted, as well as a peek with their scope. Photographers love this place, don't miss it. At a fee of $4 a car, it's nature at it's best.
If you are lucky enough to see a flock of snow geese take to flight, you will be astonished.

Thank Trekinalong
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Reviewed 6 January 2014

We've been going here for years: A Sunday drive during fall and winter and breakfast at Shea's or The Sunryser. The eight-mile drive is great for a biting winter day, but one can also walk it. On a good day there will be an abundance of different kinds of birds. We've even spotted deer walking the meadows. There are more trails available to hike which I do often with friends but BEWARE of people who don't curb their dogs. There is a $4.00 fee for the 8-mile drive--rightfully so. One can do a short mile hike or The Songbird Trail which is 4.62; and, of course, the 8-mile drive. The new visitor center is great as are the two observation towers. The master gardeners did a great job with the garden, and it's loaded with native plantings. I know they have a photographer's club but have not yet gotten involved. Forsythe is a tough place to hike in the summer as the "greenheads'" stings will have you running back to your car. There are a lot of improvements going on there recently, so it can only get better! Get outside!

1  Thank thepetalpusher
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Reviewed 2 January 2014

Great place for birdwatchers, photographers or anyone seeking peace in nature. The eight mile drive allows you to pop out whenever you like or something in particular catches your eye. Pay the entrance fee of $4 cash (per car) and then you are on your way. There are two observation towers which are fun to climb and give fabulous views. I don't think I've ever seen so many birds in one place! Watching them fly in groups is amazing! The restrooms in the Visitor Center are definitely much more clean than the outdoor houses. The Visitor Center also offers a very small gift shop as well as educational area. Overall, I highly recommend this as a great day trip with the family. Definitely take a camera and binoculars with you!

Thank Quest50States
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