A day with nature, Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge, Oceanville, New Jersey!

 

Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge where more than 47,000 acres of southern New Jersey coastal habitats are actively protected and managed for wildlife and for travelers like me.

Just 115 miles ( km) South of New York City, driving down Garden State Parkway won’t take more than 2 hours.  You would definitely like this place if you are a wildlife lover or even an amateur photographer like me. This was my 2nd trip to observe the wildlife and I can tell it was absolutely fascinating. It’s only 10 – 15 minutes drive from the beautiful Atlantic City Casino boardwalk. So if you are visiting AC not a bad idea to keep it in your itinerary (if you are a wildlife lover or photographer).

82 percent of the refuge is wetlands, of which 78% is the salt marsh, interspersed with shallow coves and bays.

Trailing footprint!

There are a few short trails towards viewpoints. I just got in the car and drove along the wildlife drive (approximately 8-9 miles long), stopping at the observation deck. Along the way, I had spectacular views of northern pintails and hooded mergansers. Absolutely fantastic.

These places are important resting and feeding habitats, as abundant marsh plants provide food and cover for water birds and other wildlife.

The quiet tidal waters submerging the wetland and it’s many shallow coves and bays serve as nurseries, spawning and feeding grounds for fish and shellfish which are important in the diets of many wildlife species. it’s really beautiful to look at and not to mention the marsh plants looks spectacular in a windy day.

There are also many freshwater reservoir and woodlands dominated by pine, oaks, and white cedar that attract different types of habitat. A perfect place for grassland nesting birds. It worth to pay a visit away from the City on a weekend, for photographers I would recommend carrying a telezoom. I also believe this is travel related topic !!!

Hasan Mahmud

Traveler, Blogger, and Travel Photographer!