Tips for a Safe and Comfortable Visit
Long sleeves and long pants that can be tucked into socks to discourage mosquito, fly, and tick bits are strongly recommended, as is proper footwear for walking in sometimes wet areas. Insect repellent also can be helpful; however, teachers and chaperones should supervise its use. A tick check should be conducted after the visit.
Teachers and chaperones should instruct students to walk in the middle of the paths when on the walking trails in order to avoid contact with poison ivy.
A 1 to 6 ratio of chaperones to students is ideal, particularly for the lower grades, and this ratio should not exceed 1 to 10 for any age group. Proper supervision of students is necessary at all times and is not the responsibility of Refuge Staff. Chaperones should understand that this is a classroom activity and a learning experience for the students, not a vacation day.
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Birds of prey, or raptors are specifically suited to their lives as hunters. Their strong legs and powerful grasping feet with sharp talons help them catch and kill prey. Hooked bills help tear the meat. Hawks, falcons, eagles and owls are an important part of the balance of nature because they help keep insect and rodent populations in check.
The winter is a good time to look for a variety of raptors. Northern harriers fly over the salt marsh and fields. Look for the eastern screech owl sitting in the hole of a wood duck box. Bald eagles, red-tailed and Cooper's hawks can be spotted on tree branches.