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Sunset at the Wildlife Refuge | by Tony Fischer Photography
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Sunset at the Wildlife Refuge

The Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge, where more than 47,000 acres of southern New Jersey coastal habitats are actively protected and managed for migratory birds. Forsythe is one of more than 500 refuges in the National Wildlife Refuge System administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The National Wildlife Refuge System is a network of lands and waters managed specifically for the protection of wildlife and wildlife habitat and represents the most comprehensive wildlife resource management program in the world. Units of the system stretch across the United States from northern Alaska to the Florida Keys, and include small islands in the Caribbean and South Pacific. The character of the Refuges is as diverse as the nation itself.


The refuge's headquarters is located at its Brigantine Division on the mainland, at Oceanville, New Jersey. From Route 9 in Oceanville, visitors may enter the refuge via Great Creek Road, which ends at our entry gate. Headquarters is open weekdays, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.


Wildlife Drive and trails are open seven days a week from sunrise to sunset.


The Refuge receives over 200,000 visitors each year.


800 Great Creek Rd.

Oceanville, NJ 08231

(609) 652-1665



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Taken on November 1, 2009