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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Wading gracefully on long legs through shallow water or along the water's edge, these birds search for fish, frogs, insects, and other creatures. Some birds use its long bill as a probe and others as a spear. Quick as a wink, it has a meal!
Although egrets and herons do not nest on the refuge, after they fledge their nests, they seek out wetlands like Bombay Hook along the Delaware Bay to feed. The summer months are a great time to look for these graceful birds.