Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge
Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge.
Each spring and fall, thousands of ducks, geese, wading birds and shorebirds converge on the Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge to rest and feed, making the site a haven for birdwatchers. Renowned for its winged migrations, it was established to provide important wintering habitat for waterfowl, especially the Atlantic brant and the American black duck—a species which has suffered dramatic population decline in recent years.
Located 10 miles north of Atlantic City, the refuge spans nearly 47,000 acres and three counties: Atlantic, Burlington and Ocean. More than 5,000 acres at the refuge are covered with woodlands, which provide vital habitat for a variety of upland species such as songbirds, woodcock, white-tailed deer and box turtles. Almost 80 percent of the refuge is tidal salt meadow and marsh interspersed with shallow coves and bays.
The Fund helped with the restoration of trees on nine acres of forestland and sensitive wildlife habitat across public recreation areas at the refuge. Planted in spring 2008, the trees were provided by Virginia-based Conservation Services Inc. and will be managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for habitat and public recreation.