Waterfowl (and more!) at John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge
The John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge in Philadelphia (https://www.fws.gov/refuge/John_Heinz/) is a wonderful place to view waterfowl, especially in March during the peak of spring waterfowl migration. If you have ever wondered what kinds of ducks you see out the window when you take off from the Philadelphia International Airport, this program is for you.
March also marks the beginning of the spring songbird migration, and Heinz NWR (America’s first urban wildlife refuge) is an essential resting and feeding area for many birds migrating along the Atlantic Flyway. We’ll keep a lookout for some of these early migrants too.
All ages and experience levels are welcome on this field trip, although children under 18 must be accompanied by a parent. Bring binoculars and ID books if you have them. Paths are well managed and part of the outing will include travel along an accessible boardwalk. Depending upon conditions the field trip will cover 1-3 miles through the wetlands and last 2-3 hours, but you can leave whenever you wish. Meet by the Visitor Center. Restrooms are available on site.