National Wildlife Refuge
|24 Kimbles Beach Road
Cape May Court House, NJ 08210
Phone Number: 609-463-0994
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|Cape May NWR provides numerous opportunities for wildlife observation, and the Cape May Peninsula is one of the top bird watching spots in North America.|
Cape May National Wildlife Refuge
The Cape May National Wildlife Refuge is strategically located to conserve habitat for hundreds of thousands of migratory birds which pass through the area each year. As the New Jersey Coast and the Cape May Peninsula witness the loss of natural habitat, the refuge, in concert with various partners, is working to ensure that important habitats are preserved. These efforts will provide opportunities for future generations of Americans to enjoy the spectacular concentrations of shorebirds, songbirds, raptors, and waterfowl which have made the Cape May area famous for birdwatching.
These areas are considered so important that refuge lands are included in the North American Waterfowl Management Plan, a "Ramsar" Wetland of International Importance, part of the Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network, the Pinelands National Reserve, an Important Bird Area, within the Great Egg Harbor National Scenic and Recreational River, and a destination on the New Jersey Coastal Heritage Trail Route.
Getting There . . .
From the Garden State Parkway, take Exit 10 west into Cape May Court House. At Highway 9 turn south (left), then turn west (right)onto Hand Avenue. At Highway 47 turn south (left) and then west (right)onto Kimbles Beach Road. The Refuge Headquarters is ahead about 1/4-mile on the left.
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Since being established in 1989, the refuge has protected 11,000 acres of upland forest, forested wetland, saltmarsh, ocean-front beach, maritime forest, and grassland/old field habitats. The refuge continues to steadily grow, with a goal of eventually acquiring a total of 21,000 acres.
With a landbase established, the refuge is now entering a phase where various management programs are being developed and implemented: habitat management plans and wildlife surveys are being developed; refuge staff work closely with other biologists studying shorebirds and horseshoe crabs on Delaware Bay; endangered species and beach nesting birds are closely monitored; and public use improvements are being developed as described in the Comprehensive Conservation Plan. Habitat Restoration and public use improvements have also recently been completed at the Two Mile Beach Unit.