National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum
|8601 Lindbergh Blvd.
Philadelphia, PA 19153
Phone Number: 215-365-3118
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John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum
The John Heinz NWR at Tinicum is located in Philadelphia and Delaware Counties, Pennsylvania about 1 mile from Philadelphia International Airport. The refuge was established by an act of Congress in 1972 to protect the largest remaining freshwater tidal marsh in Pennsylvania; approximately 200 acres. When acquisition is complete, it will consist of 1200 acres of varied habitats.
Over the years, the refuge has become a resting and feeding area for more than 300 species of birds, 85 of which nest here. Fox, deer, muskrat, turtles, fish, frogs and a wide variety of wildflowers and plants are among the species that call the refuge "home".
The Congressional mandate set forth for the refuge was to protect, preserve and enhance habitat; provide compatible outdoor recreation opportunities for the public; and to promote environmental education.
Getting There . . .
From North: From I-95 South, take exit 14, Bartram Avenue; At the 5th traffic light turn right onto 84th Street; At 2nd light turn left onto Lindbergh Blvd. Follow one block to refuge entrance on right.
From South: From I-95 North, take exit 10 (Airport); turn left at 1st light (Bartram Ave); turn left at 5th light (84th St.); turn left at 2nd light (Lindbergh Blvd.) 1 block to refuge entrance on right.
From West: From I-76 take I-476 South to I-95 North and follow as listed above (from South, to I-95 North exit 10)
From East (New Jersey): Use either North or South directions.
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John Heinz NWR at Tinicum now featured on video DVD
"AMERICA'S WILDEST PLACES" Volume 1
See wildlife up close and personal from grizzly bear and whooping cranes to red wolves and bald eagles. For more information, click on the photograph of the DVD cover.
The refuge is managed to protect and enhance the largest remaining freshwater tidal marsh in Pennsylvania and other key habitats found here. This would include providing and protecting habitat for endangered and threatened species such as the Coastal Leopard Frog and Red Bellied Turtle.
In addition refuge staff, volunteers and partners are working to control the spread of invasive plant species such as purple loosestrife and phragmites. Other projects are addressing issues such as erosion control of both tidal creek impoundment areas, developing more universally accessable trails and creating more nesting sites for both waterfowl and neotropical migratory songbirds.