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Bring on the birds: Wildlife Drive reopened at Forsythe

Officials will celebrate with bird walks and a ceremony on Saturday.

Bring on the birds: Wildlife Drive reopened at Forsythe

Probably the best bird-viewing drive in the region is back in operation.

Earlier today, officials at the E. B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge in Galloway, N.J., announced that they're celebrating the re-opening of the eight-mile drive around several impoundments this Saturday.

The drive, which is atop dikes, giving folks a great view of the birds, was heavily damaged in Superstorm Sandy. The dikes were breached. Refuse washed in.

The Federal Highway Administration funded $1.4 million in repairs through the Emergency Relief to Federally Owned Roads program. Texas-based Sabre Holdings, a global travel technology company, added $10,000 more for repairs, via a gift to The Conservation Fund.

The drive opened April 20, just in time for the arrival of many spring migrants. The $4 vehicle admission fee is a bargain.

Common species this time of year include great egret, snowy egret, mute swan, green-winged teal, blue-winged teal, northern pintail, northern shoveler, gadwall, bufflehead, hooded merganser, black-bellied plover, willet, sanderling, short-billed dowitcher, and many, many more.

Saturday's events start with an 8 a.m. bird walk and a 9 a.m. ceremony. More bird walks will be held at 10 and 11. There will be children's activities.

Keep up to date on refuge happenings at  www.facebook.com/ForsytheNWR . The refuge website is  www.fws.gov/northeast/forsythe/ .

Sandy Bauers Inquirer GreenSpace Columnist
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GreenSpace is about environmental issues and green living. Bauers also writes a biweekly GreenSpace column about environmental health issues for the Inquirer’s Sunday “Health” section.

Sandy Bauers is the environment reporter for the Philadelphia Inquirer, where she has worked for more than 20 years as a reporter and editor. She lives in northern Chester County with her husband, two cats, a large vegetable garden and a flock of pet chickens.

Reach Sandy at sbauers@phillynews.com.

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