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Erie National Wildlife Refuge- The refuge is located in the French Creek drainage basin which retains a unique biological diversity. Many of the aquatic species are endangered in PA and the U.S.
John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge- Much of the land in the John Heinz Refuge is former tidal wetland altered by dyking, dredging or filling. The highly disturbed condition of the area presents a unique opportunity to restore former wetlands and preserve remaining ones.

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Description - There are two wildlife refuges in the Pennsylvania. Erie NWR is located in the western area of the state, while John Heinz NWR is located in the midst of Philadelphia. Each refuge protects and manages biological diverse habitat while offering an educational and recreational opportunity to the public.

Attractions - The U.S. Department of Fish and Wildlife manage two wildlife refuges in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Erie NWR is located in the western area of the state, slightly southeast of Lake Erie, while John Heinz NWR is located in the midst of one of American's largest cities, Philadelphia. Each refuge protects and manages biological diverse habitat while offering an educational and recreational opportunity to the public.

Recreation - Wildlife viewing, nature photography, educational programs, hiking, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, boating, fishing and hunting are the recreational opportunities available at Pennsylvania's National Wildlife Refuges. The sites welcome professional, civic and student groups with advance notification.

Climate - Pennsylvania has four distinct seasons and recreationists can find good in each one. Summer is usually hot and humid often extending from late May into September. Expect temperatures in the southeastern part of the state to reach 90 degrees F frequently. Temperatures in the Northern and western areas of the state are slightly cooler. Summer lows usually don't dip below 60 degrees F.

Winter temperatures average between 25 degrees and 45 degrees F in southeastern Pennsylvania. The west and mountains receive colder temperatures that average between -10 degrees and 35 degrees F. Spring and fall are excellent times to visit the state as temperatures are mild with little humidity. Spring brings a variety of wildflowers and shrubs into bloom and fall color displays of deciduous trees draw many to the forests of the state.

Location - Erie National Wildlife Refuge is located in Crawford County, 35 miles south of the city of Erie and Lake Erie in northwestern Pennsylvania. John Heinz is located in southern Philadelphia just north of I-95 via the Airport Exit.


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Filed By: Christine K (havertown, pa)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: I have visited the John Heinz Wildlife refuge on several occasions, all have been enjoyable. The trail took my friend and I about an hour to complete, at average walking pace. The trail condition varies, from car-length wide on a hard-packed path, to narrow grassy walkways. The trail is pretty much a loop, with one portion branching off. The detour will eventually bring you back to the main trail. The waterfowl are stunning, and there are bluffs and viewing areas throughout the refuge. Dogs are permitted on the trail, and you may pass birdwatching groups. Ample parking.


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Contact Information:
US Department of Fish and Wildlife, 1849 C Street NW , Washington, DC, 20240, Phone: 800-344-WILD
, Contact@fws.gov

Additional Information:
Pennsylvania - Pennsylvania is a large state by eastern standards with approximately 4.5 million acres of public land. The state maintains 116 state parks of natural, historical and cultural interest. Within the last few years, a major initiative to turn abandoned railways into trails has resulted in 84 multi-use trails.

Links:
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service - Official agency website.

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