A smartphone snapping a photo of a bright yellow flower in a grassy field
The Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge is a photographer’s paradise. Whether you are looking for landscapes of water and open marsh, views of the skyline of Atlantic City, or photographs of the thousands of birds that inhabit the Refuge, you will find it all in this special place.
Migrating Waterfowl

The Refuge is located along the Atlantic Flyway. Each migration season brings thousands of birds here for a rest stop while on their way north or south – depending on the season. Atlantic brant, American black duck, Canada geese, snow geese, they all come here.


Osprey return each spring to the Refuge. The males arrive around St. Patrick’s Day to check out and make improvements to their nest. A couple of weeks later the females arrive and the annual raising of the young starts anew. Osprey can be seen in their nests on the Refuge from the Wildlife Drive and the Osprey overlook on the Boardwalk. Check out the Friends of Forsythe website or the refuge Visitor Information Center to see our Osprey Cam.

Egrets & Herons

Egrets and herons abound in the Refuge in the spring, summer, and fall. Easily recognized by their elongated necks and legs, these birds are found in the shallow waters around the Refuge, stalking their fish prey with infinite patience. They are a favorite of photographers looking for great wildlife pictures.