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Take a Wildlife Tram Tour

January 08, 2018

The Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge sits on 47,000 acres of salt marsh, and is home to hundreds of species of marine, plant, and animal wildlife. The winter season is one of the best times to visit the refuge, as thousands of black ducks and Atlantic brants make this their home during the cold season. Visitors can also spot short-eared owls, horned grebes, red-breasted mergansers, buffleheads, and the magnificent bald eagle also at this time of year, along with winter songbirds.

Additionally, piping plovers usually nest on sandy beaches, but are now in danger from development on the barrier islands. This has created a loss of habitat for the plover, which is now officially listed as a “threatened” species. The plovers currently nest on the Holgate and Little Beach Island sections of the refuge. If you’re interested in seeing these fascinating creatures, the roads and trails can be hiked or driven, but one of the best ways to see the refuge is via a tram tour. The tours are led by naturalists, and take place every Saturday. For reservations, call (609) 652-1665.

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