Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge

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Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge

New Jersey

(609) 652-1665

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Overview

Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge provides outstanding opportunities for compatible wildlife-dependent recreational activities including hunting, fishing, wildlife observation and photography, as well as environmental education and interpretation. Each spring and fall, thousands of water birds stop at the Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge during their long migrations. Waterfowl, wading birds, and shore birds may be viewed from the Wildlife Drive as they feed and rest. Refuge uplands also provide important stopover habitat for migrating passerines.

Nearly 80 percent of the refuge is tidal salt meadow and marsh, interspersed with shallow coves and bays. Most of the remainder of the refuge acreage is woodlands dominated by pitch pines, oaks, and white cedar, with some fields which are maintained to provide habitat diversity. More than 6,000 acres are designated as Wilderness Area. This includes Holgate and Little Beach, two of the few remaining undeveloped barrier beaches in New Jersey. These pristine sites provide critical nesting habitat for threatened piping plovers and a wide variety of other beachnesting species. Beaches and dunes provide nesting habitat for piping plovers, black skimmers and least terns. Occasionally peregrine falcons, bald eagles and osprey are seen.

At various times during the year the refuge must close to the public to carry out wildlife management plans. Organized groups are requested to contact the refuge to register their visits in advance.

Map of Edwin B. Forsythe NWR

Latitude, Longitude: 39.461352, -74.435352

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Activities

  • Hunting

    The refuge is a great place for hunting deer and migratory birds.

Seasonality/Weather

At various times during the year the refuge must close to the public to carry out wildlife management plans. Organized groups are requested to contact the refuge to register their visits in advance.

Directions

Driving

The Refuge"s headquarters and main public use area is located at its Brigantine Division on the mainland, at Oceanville, New Jersey. From US 9, visitors may enter the refuge via Great Creek Road, which ends at the refuge's gate. The Barnegat Platform is located in Barnegat on Bay Shore Drive off of Route 9 between Ridgeway and Edison Avenues.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(609) 652-1665

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