Supawna Meadows National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) is located approximately 35 miles south of Philadelphia Pennsylvania and approximately 10 miles south of Wilmington, Delaware in Pennsville, New Jersey. The refuge area is found along the Delaware River estuary just north of the Salem River in Salem County, NJ.
It is part of the larger Cape May National Wildlife Refuge and recognized as wetlands of international importance and an international shorebird reserve. The refuge currently owns approximately 3,000 acres. The tidal marshes that comprise nearly 80 percent of the refuge provide waterfowl with an important feeding and resting area, particularly during the fall and spring migrations.
The refuge supports visiting populations of black ducks, mallards and northern pintails during winter. Sandpipers and other shorebirds use the refuge marshes as a feeding area in summer and throughout seasonal migratory travel. Delaware's nearby Pea Patch Island Rookery hosts over 6,000 pairs of nine species, which make it the largest rookery of colonial wading birds on the east coast north of Florida. The marshes provide valuable foraging habitat for these colonial wading birds during the nesting season.
Warblers, sparrows and other migratory birds use the upland areas of the refuge as resting and feeding areas during migration and for nesting during the summer. Thousands of tree swallows forage on the refuge in the late summer. Ospreys, bald eagle, northern harrier, short-eared owl and barn owls also nest on the refuge.
Comprehensive Conservation Planning
We are proud to announce that we now finished the Supawna Meadows NWR Final Comprehensive Conservation Plan. The final CCP and other planning documents are available at our planning website, please click here.
The Friends of Supawna Meadows NWR is an independent, nonprofit organization whose mission is:
c/o Cape May National Wildlife Refuge