Do A Little Bird Watching At The John Heinz Wildlife Refuge In Philadelphia

on October 18, 2013

Great Blue Heron

The John Heinz Wildlife Refuge (8601 Lindbergh Blvd., Philadelphia PA) is a thousand-acre oasis located about a mile away from the Philadelphia International Airport.

The destination is a must for both nouveau and expert bird-watchers as more than 300 species of birds have been seen in the area. It’s particularly popular as a resting and nesting spot for the creatures because of its location along the Atlantic Flyway, making it the perfect rest and relaxation spot for birds who are migrating to the south.

In addition, the John Heinz Wildlife Refuge is one of the only places in North America where locally endangered species of turtles and frogs still reside.

For weekend visitors, there are hiking and biking trails available along with several self-directed and guided tours available.

Also, the Tinicum Marsh remains the largest remaining freshwater tidal wetland in Pennsylvania, that was renamed in 1991 to honor the late senator who preserved the site from plans that would have installed a landfill and part of Interstate 95 through the refuge.

For more information, visit FWS.gov