|Erie National Wildlife Refuge|
Erie National Wildlife Refuge is truly a natural gem of Pennsylvania, teeming with wildlife and wild lands and offering opportunities for the public to experience nature in all seasons. Over 2500 acres of wetland, including beaver ponds, marshes, swamps, manmade impoundments, creeks and wet meado...
John Heinz at Tinicum National Wildlife Refuge
|Description: The John Heinz NWR at Tinicum is located in Philadelphia and Delaware Counties, Pennsylvania about 1 mile from Philadelphia International Airport. The refuge was established by an act of Congress in 1972 to protect the largest remaining freshwater tidal marsh in Pennsylvania; approximately 200 acres.|
Wildlife to Watch: The Refuge is home to a variety of wildlife despite its urban location. Birdwatchers have recorded over 300 species of birds in and around the Refuge. Migratory birds like warbers, egrets, sandpipers, and a large variety of ducks, within the Atlantic Flyway, use the refuge as a resting/feeding spot during spring and fall flights. In addition, deer, opossums, fox, raccoons, muskrats and many other small animals take refuge here. The marsh is one of the few places in Pennsylvania where the state-endangered red-bellied turtle and southern leopard frog can be found.
Special Tips: The new Cusano Environmental Education Center (CEEC) along with outdoor signage, volunteer naturalist led weekend walks and various special programs all year provide a solid foundation for interpreting the Heinz Refuge.
Ownership: U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
Size: 200 acres
Closest Town: Philadelphia
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