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General Information

Description - 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. More than 280 species of birds have been seen in the area of the refuge, with over 85 known to nest. The refuge is an important resting and feeding area for birds during the spring and fall migrations. The marsh is one of the few places in Pennsylvania where the red-bellied turtle and southern leopard frog can be found. School, civic and professional groups are welcome. Boating, fishing, hiking and wildlife viewing are enjoyed as well as the visitor center.

Attractions - Much of the land in the John Heinz Refuge is former tidal wetland altered by diking, dredging or filling. The highly disturbed condition of the area presents a unique opportunity to restore former wetlands and preserve remaining ones. More than 280 species of birds have been seen in the area of the refuge, with over 85 known to nest. The refuge is an important resting and feeding area for birds during the spring and fall migrations.
The marsh is one of the few places in Pennsylvania where the red-bellied turtle and southern leopard frog can be found.

Recreation - The refuge provides consulting services to teachers planning field trips, introductions and equipment for field trip groups and a curriculum library and educator workshops for area schools and colleges. Boating, fishing, hiking and wildlife viewing are enjoyed by many visitors each year. You will find the visitor center interesting and very educational.

Climate - Pennsylvania generally has a moist climate with cold winters and warm summers. The John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge area has cold winter months with temperatures averaging above 28 degrees Fahrenheit (above -2 degrees Celsius). The area's average summer temperatures range above 74 degrees Fahrenheit (23 Celsius). However, it is not unusual for summer temperatures to reach into the 80's and 90's with high humidity.

Location - Located in the Philadelphia metropolitan area. Exit off I-95 at the Airport Exit. (Coming from the south) turn left onto SR 291. Make a left at the first light onto Bartram Avenue. Travel to the 3rd light and make another left onto 84th Street. At the second light, make a left onto Lindbergh Boulevard. About two blocks down will be the NWR on the right.


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Contact Information:
John Heinz NWR, 2 International Plaza , Philadelphia, PA, 19113, Phone: 610-521-0662, Fax: 610-521-0611
, r5rw_jhtnwr@fws.gov

Additional Information:
Pennsylvania National Wildlife Refuges - 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.
Philadelphia, Country-Side, Lehigh Valley Area - The Philadelphia area is historically rich and diverse in natural resources. This beautiful area beacons as a vacation destination.

Links:
John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge - Official agency website

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