DESCRIPTION: (Wear appropriate clothing & bring water! Below are some special instructions: what to bring, relative difficulties, interesting features, & carpooling directions.)
Leader: Dan Gillen (C: 215/901-0841).
This hike is about a 2-hour walk, 4 to 5 miles. Meet at the Visitors Center (bathroom facilities) and be ready to go at 10:00 a.m. The refuge protects a variety of habitats for birds in the highly urbanized landscape of greater Philadelphia. It has been designated as an Important Bird Area by the National Audubon Society. While most of the 300 plus avian species identified at the refuge utilize it as a migratory stopover, more than 80 species have been recorded nesting on the refuge over the years. Bring binoculars if you have them.
Driving Directions: Traveling on I-95 North, take Exit 10 on to Rt. 291. (This exit is before the airport.) At the first light, turn left onto Bartram Avenue. At the fifth light, turn left onto 84th Street. At the second light, turn left onto Lindbergh Boulevard. The address is 8601 Lindbergh Blvd., Philadelphia, PA 19153.
WHERE: John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge – West End
EXACT COORDINATES: 39.873644, -75.302660
NEAREST ADDRESS: 711 Wanamaker Ave Norwood, PA