National Wildlife Refuge
|197 Lighthouse Road
Pennsville, NJ 08070
Phone Number: 609-463-0994
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|Tidal Wetlands at Supawna Meadows National Wildlife Refuge, Pennsville, NJ|
Continued . . . Approximately 80 percent of the refuge is brackish tidal marsh that provides wintering, feeding, and nesting habitat for a variety of migratory waterfowl. The refuge's tidal creeks and impoundments provide important feeding areas for the nine species of colonial wading birds nesting on Pea Patch Island, the largest wading bird rookery north of Florida.
The refuge's tidal mud flats and impoundments provide feeding and resting areas for shorebirds migrating along Delaware Bay. In the late summer, thousands of tree swallows forage on the northern bayberry shrubs that are abundant on the refuge. Warblers, sparrows, bobolinks and other migratory birds use the upland fields and woodlands as resting and feeding areas during migration and for breeding and nesting during the summer. American kestrels, Northern harriers, redtailed hawks, and barn owls are frequently seen hunting over the refuge grasslands.
During winter, the refuge grassland trail is a good place to view large groups of Eastern meadowlarks and savannah sparrows. Ospreys and a pair of bald eagles nest on the refuge.
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